Hendrix coming to the triangle this weekend

Richard Hendrix will get the ball rolling this weekend with a trip to The Triangle. The Athens High (Ala.) 6-8, 250-pound junior has set up unofficial visits to North Carolina, Duke and N.C. State for this weekend.

The three ACC schools can thank his next-door neighbor.

``He's a huge North Carolina fan," Hendrix said. "He came up with the idea for me to take a look up there and see how things are. He's all about North Carolina."

Because of the interest from the Tar Heels, along with Duke and N.C. State, Hendrix and his father/coach, Venard, set up the trip to include all three schools in the area.

``We're going to all three," Hendrix said. "We're going to fly into Raleigh and I have no idea after that. My dad set everything up. I'm just going."

Hendrix, who averaged 22.4 points, 13.6 boards and 5.1 blocks per game last season and is a force down low, said that it'll be a good opportunity to get an early look at the trio of schools. Then he will come back and do some more research on each school.

While he is considering all three ACC schools, it's fairly certain that Alabama is the early school to beat. Auburn, Tennessee and Oklahoma are also in the mix. ``I would say I'm wide open, but the SEC is all I've known," he added. "I want to see what the schools are all about, what they have to offer. You never know. My mind can change in a heartbeat."

Hendrix, who said he's unsure if any of the three ACC schools have actually offered, said he'd like to commit by the end of this year's season if at all possible.

``Duke and North Carolina are on TV all the time and everyone talks about them," Hendrix said. "I know more about them than N.C. State. How many years has the N.C. State coach been there?"

Hendrix will actually turn his focus to winning a state title, which would be the school's first-ever in basketball, this season. The opener is just two days after he returns home from his trip this weekend.

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