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Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Crane's Williams ruled eligible by CPS

By Scott Powers

Crane junior guard Markee Williams has been ruled eligible to play by the Chicago Public League, according to Crane coach Chris Head.

Williams transferred to Crane prior to the school year after spending his first two years at Morgan Park. He started on Morgan Park’s varsity team both years.

“He was granted a hardship transfer,” Head said on Tuesday. “We found out last night. It’s nice for him. I think most of the time adults forget about kids. When this is truly about the kids, we don’t make the best of decisions for the kids. What I would say is I’m glad the process is over. You should see the smile on his face.”

Williams is expected to provide immediate stability in Crane’s backcourt. Williams is considered one of the city’s top guards and has proven to be a clutch player in big games. As a freshman, he played a major role in Morgan Park’s run to the city championship.

“I don’t think he understands intimidation when it comes to playing someone,” Head said. “Markee is a fearless young man when it comes to basketball. He accepts all challenges. He backs down to none.”

Williams is expected to make his debut on Tuesday night when No. 9 Crane (1-0) travels to No. 19 Seton (7-0).

Head also planned to have starters Kaylen Shane, a 6-foot-8 senior center, and Kendel Sidney, a 6-5 junior forward, back for Tuesday’s game. Both players missed the season opener due to injuries.

“It’s the first time we’ll have everyone,” Head said. “It couldn’t come at a better time.”