Some have called him the best basketball player to come out of the Virgin Islands since Tim Duncan.

What that ultimately means, it's probably way too early to tell. Still, Craig Williams, a 6-8, 230-pound power forward from Central High in St. Croix, has signed a national letter of intent to play at Temple starting this fall.

"I think I can help the team with rebounding and shot-blocking," Williams told Latinbasket.com. "They've got quality guards [coming back] and are just a quality big man away from competing for an Atlantic 10 title."

The Owls finished 12-18 last season under new coach Fran Dunphy. They indeed return the leading scorer in the A-10, in junior Dionte Christmas, and one of the top five, in senior Mark Tyndale. But they do have to replace their center and soul, 6-6 Dion Dacons.

Williams is the fourth recruit to sign with Temple. He joins 6-9 forward Lavoy Allen, 6-10 forward Michael Eric and 6-2 guard Martavis Kee. At least some of them figure to see plenty of time right away, because there could be a lot of minutes available.

The Owls also received a verbal commitment from Southern High swingman Ramone Moore. At the moment it remains unclear whether he'll actually be on North Broad Street this season or have to spend a year in prep school to get his academics in better shape.

"We are looking forward to [Williams] making a smooth adjustment to college life at Temple, both on the court and in the classroom," Dunphy said in a statement.

Williams averaged 25 points and 10 rebounds a game last season, and was the Most Valuable Player of last week's All-Virgin Islands Hoop Classic. According to the Latinbasket.com, among the other schools that had shown an interest in him were Tennessee, Drexel, La Salle, Delaware and North Carolina-Wilmington. *