Several months ago I listed my top-10 players in the class of 2005 in the order in which I would recruit them were I a college basketball coach. Roosevelt's 6-7 senior wing Marcus Williams was my top guy. He is the player, who in my estimation, I would pick to build a program around.
Marcus has not disappointed, putting up 31.3 points per outing while facing every conceivable defense designed to stop him. Here is a summary of his season following a 48-point eruption Friday night, against a tradition-rich Franklin squad that prides itself on tough defense, that may have signaled a changing of the guard in KingCo 4A.
Opponent, points scored
Mount Tahoma, 31
South Kitsap, 32
South Kitsap, 18
Lake Washington, 26
Marcus has yet to play on the state's biggest stage, the WIAA/Dairy Farmers of Washington 4A State Tournament in the Tacoma Dome. But with Friday's win the 14-3/11-0 Roughriders have a two game lead on Franklin in KingCo's West Division with three league games remaining. They should carry a top seed into the KingCo District tournament. But that means little as only two berths to state come from KingCo and as we have seen in year's past, winning the regular season does not guarantee a trip down I-5 to the T-Dome.
But if there is a single player in the league, make that the entire state, who can pick up a team and carry them to Tacoma, Marcus would certainly fall into that category.