Markee Williams Calls Illini "Dream School"

Markee Williams (Scott Burgess)

Leadership is at the top of the list of attributes colleges are looking for when evaluating point guards. Morgan Park sophomore Markee Williams certainly passes this test. The 2013 leader of Morgan Park and the Mac Irvin Fire discusses his game and AAU season.

Markee Williams is a 5'-10" point guard from Morgan Park High School in Chicago, Illinois. He is quick and shifty with the ball in his hands. He has consistently put up good numbers and solid play in his first two years of high school but is still waiting for the right college to come along.

At the present time, the only school recruiting Williams is Marquette. This will most likely change after the July evaluation period. He would love to be recruited by his home state school.

"I actually really like Illinois. That would be my dream school."

He is a fan of what the Illinois coaching staff has done in developing guards.

"I really like Bruce Weber. If they offered me, I would be there. I like his coaching style and what he did with Dee Brown. They let their point guards do their thing."

He is sharing point guard duties with Kyle Davis this spring with the Mac Irvin Fire 16 and Under squad. They compliment each other well, and that has led to success.

"It has been going great. It has been better than last season because I was always hurt. This year, I am not getting hurt so I am able to hoop!"

Williams has played especially well this spring.

"My passing has skyrocketed, and my scoring has been there. I am focusing on being a leader."

He describes his game as a classic Chicago point guard.

"I am a hard-nosed guard that is tough. I play defense and do what the coach asks me to."

What are the strengths of his game?

"Passing, scoring and being a leader."

His leadership on the floor is something he has learned from a young age in a role he plays off the court.

"I am a big brother in my house. That is where I get my leadership skills."

Williams's ball handling is effective, as he keeps it low and can drive well in traffic. He has a nice first step to beat his man off the dribble. Williams is a flashy passer with a flare for the game.

This past high school season, Williams averaged 14 points, 7 assists, and 2 steals per game while playing under Nick Irvin at Morgan Park. He was pleased with the team's success.

"It went real good. We had a couple of upsets, but overall it was a real good season. We sent Wayne (Blackshear) out as a McDonald's All-American."

The next couple of months will be critical for Williams in the evaluation process of scouts and college coaches. The lefty has the intangibles to play for a high-major school.

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