WILLIAMS CHECKS IN AT CHAPARRAL

The 2002 State Freshman of the Year for boys basketball played last season at San Joaquin Memorial of Fresno. The sophomore standout is now at Chaparral of Temecula, which is much closer to where his family has had a home for many years.

Dwain Williams averaged 18 points per game last season at Fresno's San Joaquin Memorial High, but when his brother, Ike, earned a walk-on role at UCLA for the 2002-03 season a family decision needed to be made.

"It was just going to be too hard to maintain two homes plus watch both of Dwain's games and Ike's games all at the same time," explained Michael Williams, Dwain's father. "We didn't want all of us going in all sorts of different directions. We wanted to come together more as a family."

The elder Williams therefore gave up the Fresno side of the equation. Dwain instead will live full-time at the family's "regular" home and has enrolled at Chaparral High of Temecula. He will play for Chaparral head coach Ed Coyle.

Williams, a 6-1 shooting guard, was recently picked as one of the top 25 players at the ABCD Camp in Hackensack, N.J. He was the only sophomore on the list and one of just 10 underclassmen. Williams was listed as being from Murrieta Valley of Murrieta at the event, but that was before the family actually decided which local school he would attend.

"We live in an area on the border of Temecula and Murrieta, so we have the option of being able to choose where to go," the elder Williams said. "Chaparral is a nice new school that's only four years old."

Chaparral also has a boys basketball program that has been strong under coach Ed Coyle. The Pumas were16-9 with no seniors in their first season, then went 26-4 three years ago. That was followed by records of 21-8 in 2001 and 15-14 last year.

"Obviously, Dwain is going to be a great addition to our program," Coyle said. "He's a sophomore with senior ability."

Coyle, who has coached for 24 years with previous stops at San Clemente and West Covina, said he first met Williams at the school late last year.

"I've never recruited anyone and I never will, but we'll take anybody that wants to come here," Coyle said. "Dwain's parents went through the proper proceedures and he's ready to go. He has great parents and he's a great kid. You can tell that teammates and coaches are important to him."

An even newer school, Vista Murrieta, is only a half-mile from the Williams' home, but it will not have varsity sports for two years so it wasn't an option.

More Summer Basketball Updates

•Marcus Williams, the 6-3 guard from Crenshaw of Los Angeles who was generally considered one of the top five juniors in the state from last season, will be playing this year at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. The only other Californian who has ever gone to Oak Hill for his senior season has been Luke Whitehead, who was at St. Ignatius of San Francisco for his first three years. Williams also has reportedly given a verbal commitment to UConn.

•Westchester of Los Angeles, the defending Div. I state champion, got a transfer boost with the recent news that Gabriel Pruitt will be coming over this season from Centennial of Compton. Pruitt was one of the state's top 15 sophomores last year and helped the Apaches reach the Div. III state finals.

•DeMarcus Nelson, the super-smooth 6-2 guard from Vallejo, has decided not to play football this season. Nelson made the decision during the summer shortly after he committed to Duke. As a sophomore last season, Nelson was Vallejo's starting varsity quarterback. He also looked good enough at the Nike Camp last spring at Stanford that at least one Division I college had already offered him a ride. Nelson was the State Sophomore Athlete of the Year for 2001-02 and also was the State Sophomore Player of the Year in basketball. He averaged 27 points per game.


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