Thursday , Apr , 27 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Arizona’s Williams returning for sophomore season

Tucson, AZ (Sports Network) – University of Arizona freshman forward Marcus
Williams announced Thursday that he will return “to produce on a high level”
for the Wildcats in 2006-07 instead of making himself eligible for the NBA
draft.

“As a freshman you go in there and you step into deep water,” Williams said.
“Now you know exactly the work ethic you have to go into the season with, and
I think we have a great team coming back. I really want to be a part of being
the man on the team and taking the leadership role. That will help me grow.
This team will have the potential to do a lot of big things.”

Williams scored 430 points (13 ppg) for Arizona last season, the seventh-most
by a freshman in school history, along with 154 rebounds, 61 assists, and 32
steals.

“We’re thrilled that Marcus has decided to stay,” Arizona coach Lute Olson
said. “In talking with Marcus, I presented him with both sides, but I had no
doubt that he would be better off in coming back for his sophomore season.
Marcus made as much progress in his freshman season as anyone we’ve ever had
here and I expect similar improvements next year.”

ARIZONA WILLIAMS