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Mark Williams down to three schools, will announce Nov. 1 (UPDATED)
Mark Williams, the 7-foot Class of 2020 center from IMG Academy (FL), is down to three schools and will announce his college choice Nov. 1.
Williams is now focusing on Duke, Michigan and UCLA. He visited Michigan (Oct. 4) and will trip to Duke (Oct. 25), according to Stockrisers.com. Duke commit Jalen Johnson, Williams’ IMG Academy teammate, will also visit that weekend. Williams visited UCLA this summer (Aug. 23).
He broke down his remaining three schools for Stockrisers:
Duke: “Obviously, they’re a legendary program with Coach K. They’ve been recruiting me hard, and they want to create a really special 2020 class. I feel like they do a good job of adjusting for their bigs to do what they do well from year to year.”
UCLA: “Coach [Mick] Cronin is an honest and intense guy and he and his staff are trying to build something out there. They have a rich history, and they are trying to get that to that level of basketball. I had a great visit and he talked about how much he involves their bigs since don’t only catch the ball under the basket and catch lobs but they get to make decisions and affect the offense in multiple ways.”
Michigan: “Juwan Howard has played my position at the highest level. Just knowing that he’s been there and can help me get there and knows moves that he can teach me. He always tells me how he works with the bigs in practice and just knowing he has NBA experience makes it intriguing.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.