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20070405 Marcus Williams Declares for NBA Draft(1)
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Release: 04/05/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><A name=OLE_LINK2></A><A name=OLE_LINK1><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></SPAN></A><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><B><I><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Sophomore forward will not return to program next season<o:p></o:p></SPAN></I></B></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: -.25in 0in 27.0pt 1.0in 1.5in 2.0in 2.5in 3.0in 3.5in 4.0in 4.5in 5.0in 5.5in 6.0in 6.5in 7.0in 7.5in"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: -.25in 0in 27.0pt 1.0in 1.5in 2.0in 2.5in 3.0in 3.5in 4.0in 4.5in 5.0in 5.5in 6.0in 6.5in 7.0in 7.5in"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">TUCSON</SPAN></B></st1:City></st1:place><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">, Ariz.</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Typographic Ext'"> </SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold">?<B> </B>University of </SPAN></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona men&rsquo;s basketball player <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162">Marcus Williams</A></A> has decided to make himself eligible for the 2007 NBA Draft.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Williams will sign with an agent, which will eliminate the possibility of returning to the Wildcats for his junior season.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: -.25in 0in 27.0pt right 2.25in left 3.0in 3.5in 4.0in 4.5in 5.0in 5.5in 6.0in 6.5in 7.0in 7.5in"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-AUTOSPACE: ideograph-numeric; mso-pagination: widow-orphan; mso-layout-grid-align: auto"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><A name=OLE_LINK31></A><A name=OLE_LINK34></A><A name=OLE_LINK33></A><A name=OLE_LINK28></A><A name=OLE_LINK27></A><A name=OLE_LINK26></A><A name=OLE_LINK25></A><A name=OLE_LINK24></A><A name=OLE_LINK23><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK24"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK25"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK26"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK27"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK28"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK33"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK34"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK31"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Williams, a 6-foot-7, 205-pound sophomore forward from </SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></A><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK31"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK34"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK33"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK28"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK27"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK26"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK25"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK24"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK23"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Seattle</SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></st1:City><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK31"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK34"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK33"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK28"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK27"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK26"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK25"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK24"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK23"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">, <st1:State w:st="on">Wash.</st1:State></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></st1:place><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK31"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK34"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK33"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK28"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK27"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK26"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK25"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK24"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK23"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">, averaged 16.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 30 games played.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He shot 49.4 percent from the field (196-of-397) and averaged of 1.1 steals per game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Williams scored in double figures 26 times in 2006-07, including a team-leading 11 games with 20 or more points.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Williams was an all-Pac-10 Conference selection as well as an all-district pick by both the NABC and United States Basketball Writers Association.</SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: -.25in 0in 27.0pt right 2.25in left 3.0in 3.5in 4.0in 4.5in 5.0in 5.5in 6.0in 6.5in 7.0in 7.5in"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: -.25in 0in 27.0pt right 2.25in left 3.0in 3.5in 4.0in 4.5in 5.0in 5.5in 6.0in 6.5in 7.0in 7.5in"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">&ldquo;It&rsquo;s always been a dream of mine to play in the NBA,&rdquo; said Williams, &ldquo;and I feel like I&rsquo;m in a good position to take that next step.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I want to thank the coaching staff and the fans in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tucson</st1:place></st1:City> for supporting me over the last two seasons.&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: -.25in 0in 27.0pt right 2.25in left 3.0in 3.5in 4.0in 4.5in 5.0in 5.5in 6.0in 6.5in 7.0in 7.5in"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: -.25in 0in 27.0pt right 2.25in left 3.0in 3.5in 4.0in 4.5in 5.0in 5.5in 6.0in 6.5in 7.0in 7.5in"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">In two seasons at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>, Williams averaged 14.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 63 career games (54 starts).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He&rsquo;s a 47.5 percent shooter for his career, including 35.6 percent from three-point range.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: -.25in 0in 27.0pt right 2.25in left 3.0in 3.5in 4.0in 4.5in 5.0in 5.5in 6.0in 6.5in 7.0in 7.5in"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: -.25in 0in 27.0pt right 2.25in left 3.0in 3.5in 4.0in 4.5in 5.0in 5.5in 6.0in 6.5in 7.0in 7.5in"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Williams will complete his coursework through the spring semester.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: -.25in 0in 27.0pt right 2.25in left 3.0in 3.5in 4.0in 4.5in 5.0in 5.5in 6.0in 6.5in 7.0in 7.5in"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: -.25in 0in 27.0pt right 2.25in left 3.0in 3.5in 4.0in 4.5in 5.0in 5.5in 6.0in 6.5in 7.0in 7.5in"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Williams joins a list of nine other Wildcats to declare early for the NBA Draft during the <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523">Lute Olson</A></A> era:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Brian Williams (1991), Mike Bibby (1998), Gilbert Arenas (2001), Jason Gardner (2001), Richard Jefferson (2001), Michael Wright (2001), <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39522"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39522">Andre Iguodala</A></A> (2004), <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39539"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39539">Chris Rodgers</A></A> (2005) and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542">Mustafa Shakur</A></A> (2006).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Of that list, only Gardner, Rodgers and Shakur returned to school and completed their eligibility.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: -.25in 0in 27.0pt right 2.25in left 3.0in 3.5in 4.0in 4.5in 5.0in 5.5in 6.0in 6.5in 7.0in 7.5in"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: -.25in 0in 27.0pt right 2.25in left 3.0in 3.5in 4.0in 4.5in 5.0in 5.5in 6.0in 6.5in 7.0in 7.5in"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The 2007 NBA Draft is scheduled for Thursday, June 28, at The Theater at <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Madison</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Square</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Garden</st1:PlaceType> in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">New York City</st1:City></st1:place>. </SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P>
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