Spears Has Eye On ACC

Shamari Spears is a North Carolina native, so it's only natural that he wants to play in the ACC.

The 6-foot-6 ½, 230-pound rising senior forward at Blair Academy (N.J.), who has dropped about 15 pounds in the past year, has a versatile offensive game – which includes soft hands and good footwork - that has many college coaches intrigued.

Spears played in April with New York Elite. He was at the first Charlie Weber tournament and then got into Houston Saturday after a flight delay.

Spears said the biggest difference in his game of late is his explosiveness.

``I'm able to get up and move my feet better," Spears said. "My conditioning has also improved a lot."

Spears hasn't set any visits yet, but he's heading home to North Carolina for a few days later this week and will discuss things with his parents.

``It's getting crazy people some schools are putting pressure on me," Spears said. "And you don't want to make a rash decision because this is my future."

Spears said that St. John's, Clemson, Georgia and Marquette have offered scholarships and all four came in to meet with him at Blair last month. He also mentioned Miami and Virginia Tech as those in the mix with schools like Maryland and N.C. State still evaluating his game.

``I definitely want to visit Clemson, St. John's and Virginia Tech," Spears said. "The ACC is still a dream for me."


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