Latavious Williams, Part II

Rivals ranked Williams, the Progressive Christian Academy-via-Starkville (Miss.) High star, as the No. 13 player in the Class of 2009, a five-star recruit.

And he’s concerned about minutes at the next level.

“I want to go somewhere where I’ll play right away,” Williams said late Monday.

Oh, it’s funny how college coaches find spots in the lineup for 6-foot-8 forwards who can leap out of the gym. That’s the book on Williams, whom most evaluators compare to Tyrus Thomas, a Chicago Bulls “veteran” who was one-and-done at LSU.

That’s probably the same fate facing Williams, although his immediate plans are confined to shoring up his perimeter shooting skills (he said his coach at Progressive plans on using him on the wing this season), growing another inch (he desperately wants to be 6-foot-9) and, which is what most Kansas State fans want to hear about, committing to a college.

Many, many schools are interested, but Williams seems settled on five.

Auburn, Mississippi State (“It’s home,” he said), Marquette, Florida and K-State.

He plans on choosing a school before the summer is finished, but he said he didn’t plan on signing until this time next year, during the regular signing period.

Again, he reiterated his interest in joining what is being built in Manhattan. He visited the campus recently, hanging with the Wildcats and dining with the coaching staff. He enjoyed his first visit to Kansas.

“It’s all positive,” Williams said. “There’s a good chance I’ll go to K-State.”

He was asked if he felt like he could fit in with the Wildcats. He didn’t hesitate.

“Yeah, I do,” he said.