Williams Staying Put

Marcus Williams is a 6-foot-6, 190-pound wing from Seattle (Wash.) Roosevelt, and while Marcus and his Seattle Rotary Select teammates were cutting up the AAU summer circuit, there were things going on at home that made Williams' future at Roosevelt uncertain. His head coach was gone. A large senior class had moved on. Players were transferring out. What was he going to do?

Williams just returned to Seattle a few days ago, his stint with SRS complete. "It's just been a lot of basketball, but now I'm home, so I've been relaxing," Marcus told Dawgman.com about his summer. "I'm focused on my recruitment now, trying to figure out where I'm going to be visiting and when."

Rotary Select's last tournament was the Adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas, where Marcus (as well as teammates Terrence Williams and Garrison Carr) was named to the All-Tournament Team. SRS lost to Playaz BB Club Gold in the sweet 16 of the Super 64.

"I'd say the competition was pretty much the same, but it was a little more spread out this year," Marcus said of his yearly visit to Vegas. "But it's always one of the big things. I've been going to Vegas since the 7th grade. It's always been the big tournament, the one where all the college coaches come out, so I've always really looked forward to it.

"I remember my first time on the bigger circuit when I was playing with Marvin (Williams). I saw Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski). He was actually a lot taller than I thought he would be. I wanted to go over and say something to him, but I couldn't. I'm used to it now. I know they can just be there to evaluate."

Back to home base. Bart Brandenburg replaced Rob Sarmiento as Roosevelt's head coach, who resigned in April after three seasons with the Roughriders. "I just met him," Marcus said of new coach Brandenburg, who ran the basketball program at Montlake Community Center from 1993 to '99 and has coached an AAU team, The Wake, since 1995. "He called me. He seems good. He seems like he's going to be good for the program. I don't really know him as a coach, but from what experienced through talking to him as a person he seems like a good guy.

"The program seems like it is in disarray, but the chances are that I'll probably stay."

Marcus has a lot on his mind right now. School is about to start, but he is also about to make a decision that will impact his future. "At a certain point, I was thinking about taking unofficials during this month to try and get my decision done with earlier, but now I've decided to wait until September," Williams said about his recruitment. "I'll take one unofficial visit to Texas and then I'll take officials to Maryland, Arizona and Connecticut. I will be taking them on the weekends, so I don't want to extend the decision too long."

Williams has already taken an unofficial visit to Washington, a school that is apparently not going to make Marcus' final cut. Why is the local school catching the short end of the stick?

"Cameron Dollar and Lorenzo (Romar) have been great," Marcus said. "But I kind of want to get away from home. If U-Dub had been somewhere else, it would have been the perfect situation for me. I get along with the coaches and the team is up-and-coming. But I want to get away from home and have that experience of starting my own life."

The Washington coaches have not backed down, despite Marcus' declaration of independence. "They called and told me that if my recruitment didn't go how I wanted that I could always come back to them," he said.

Right now, Williams expects to make a decision right after his visits, either in the middle or end of September.

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