2005's Ginyard Headed South

The North Carolina Tar Heels struck for the second day in a row. This time, UNC went for a 2005 prospect and landed a guard.

Marcus Ginyard, a Top 25 member of the Class of 2005, committed to the Tar Heels on Friday afternoon.

"We just made it official," Denise Ginyard said when reached shortly after leaving Bishop O'Connell High School.

Ginyard had been receiving recruiting attention from Duke, Maryland and Notre Dame.

It might a little early for a 2005 commitment, but Ginyard was ready. "In talking with coach Williams, my family felt comfortable with what they are going to do and the North Carolina program."

Ginyard is a young man who is tough to define by position at this juncture in his career so instead of putting a label on him, UNC recruited him for what he is: a perimeter player.

"Roy Williams really stressed that it was perimeter and not one [position]. Depending on the lineup he feels that I'm versatile enough to be moved to the three positions. He told me that they wouldn't recruit another perimeter player in my class."

Of course, Ginyard was a high school teammate of Brian Johnson at O'Connell last season. Last week, Johnson transferred from O'Connell to Oak Hill. The natural question is this: will tomorrow bring a third commitment in a row for the Heels?

Ginyard didn't have any information to offer on the subject of attending UNC together so it looks like it'll just be he and Smith for now. "I personally don't know [about Johnson]. I'm not involved with his recruitment at all. We both knew in our minds that it's a possibility but Brian and I never talked about doing it together."

So, two days, two commitments for the Tar Heels. The latest one still has two seasons of high school basketball remaining and he's looking forward to the upcoming year.

"I'm just going to focus on my year. It's going to be a little more challenging for me now that people know I'm the guy going to North Carolina."


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