Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Ribault Star a National Attraction

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Ribault Star a National Attraction

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Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer

In Jacksonville prep history, there has never been a girls hoopster to command the recruiting attention from major colleges that Ribault High's Dorian Williams will get in the next year. The 5-foot-7 junior guard is getting the full-court press from top schools all over the country, including No. 1-ranked Connecticut, which has sent assistant coach Jamelle Elliott to scout Williams on several occasions. UConn has never signed a player south of North Carolina.

Though it's not a necessity, Williams is hoping to go to college with her friend and AAU teammate, Kiana Robinson, a top prospect from Brandon High. Besides UConn, the schools that interest Williams are Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Miami, Temple, LSU, Georgia and Florida State.

Williams, a ballhandling whiz and penetrator, wants to focus next season on developing a better outside shot. She also wants to attend a school that can mirror Ribault's success.

"I'm not used to losing and I'm not going to go to a college where I'd get used to losing," Williams said. . . .

The speaking tour being conducted by Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver and the coaching staff to help boost season-ticket sales is admirable, but it would carry more credibility had this kind of program been in place since the franchise started. The problem is the team marketing people didn't realize until the last couple of years that Jacksonville's affection for its NFL team, as in many cities, is a conditional love for a large segment of fans. This isn't Green Bay or Washington. When the team isn't winning, the amount of empty seats will be significant. . . . It's hard to tell which looks worse -- Charles Barkley's golf swing or his golf analysis. Barkley telling Sports Illustrated that the recent course changes at Augusta National were aimed at making it harder for Tiger Woods to win the Masters was more out-of-bounds than any of his tee shots. …

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