Williams will be on ESPN, baby

Marvin Williams is already known around the West Sound for his super-sized dunks and three-point bombs, but he now joins the official ranks of the best high school players in the nation.

On Thursday at 1:30 p.m. McDonald’s announced its 2004 All American High School Basketball team, including the 6-foot-9 Bremerton High star center on their 24-player list.

Williams is currently averaging 29 points, 16 rebounds, 6 blocks and 4 assists per game for the Knights, and has earned a reputation as a humble team player, as willing to dish the ball off as he is to pop it in himself.

“I just think he’s more than just a basketball player and an athlete,” said Bremerton High’s Athletic Director Larry Gallagher. “It’s the respect he shows the adults and also the students. He has an incredible character. He’s also as good as anybody I’ve seen. You just watch him and see the enthusiasm and the dedication. He’s practicing even when he’s not practicing.”

In the Knights’ final home game of the season against Gig Harbor, which Bremerton won 70-52, Williams scored a school-record 45 points.

“I am extremely proud of the fact that such a good person is being recognized with such a high honor,” said Knights’ coach Casey Lindberg.

The all-star game will be played Wednesday, March 31 at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, broadcast live on ESPN at 6 p.m.

Williams was the only player selected by McDonald’s to suit up for the game out of 37 Washington State boys and girls nominees.

On July 4 of this year, he verbally committed to play ball starting in the fall at North Carolina.

Marvin Williams Jr. is the son of Marvin Williams Sr. of Port Orchard and Andrea Gittens of Bremerton.

Just to put Williams’s nomination in perspective, previous McDonald’s All-American nominees include former NBA superstars Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kevin Garnett and LeBron James

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