Livingston Returns Home From Chapel Hill

After all the hype Illinois point guard Shaun Livingston's recruitment has past the first official marker after the 6-foot-7 Illinois floor general spent the weekend in Chapel Hill with the North Carolina Tar Heels. He made it back to Peoria without offering a verbal commitment, now he's ready to trip to Duke in two weeks.

Livingston arrived in North Carolina on Friday afternoon and was immediately whisked away to Chapel Hill to meet with members of the Tar Heel staff and roster before getting a tour of the UNC campus courtesy of new head coach Roy Williams. Soon after the tour and various meetings, Livingston took to the hardwood against members of the current roster.

"It was basically the whole team that came to play," said Livingston. "I knew some of them, but not all of them. It was really good to get a chance to meet them face to face and see how I fit in with all of them."

Aside from meeting with the current roster, Livingston also had the opportunity to meet head coach Roy Williams for the first time. "He was great. I really felt like he was being honest with me on everything, and that's something I respect."

With his North Carolina visit now in the past, Livingston says he's turning his attention to the presentations that are forthcoming by the other three finalists before he makes his second official visit, to Duke, in two weeks. However, just like the North Carolina visit, Livingston maintains he won't commit until all of his the official visits are in the books.

"It's good to have one down now since it gives me something to compare what the other schools are saying to. I want a chance to get all the information I can, and that means taking all my visits. I'll make my decision in November though."

Heading into the Duke visit, Livingston says he's interested in speaking with the Blue Devil coaching staff about a number of issues including his position on the seemingly stacked roster.

"Duke is coming in next week for an in-home visit and we'll get a chance to talk about a lot of things. I just want to know more about how I fit in [on the roster]. I know I could go there and be successful, but I want to know where and how I'd fit in. They've already told me some things about my role, and it's very interesting. That's something we'll be talking about."

The Duke coaching staff will be traveling to Peoria next week, on September 11, to conduct the in-home visit with Livingston and his family.

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