'N.C. State is Number One on my List'

North Carolina State wasn't even on J.R. Inman's list a month ago. Now the Wolfpack occupy the top spot for the versatile New Jersey forward. <P>

North Carolina State wasn't even on J.R. Inman's list a month ago. Now the Wolfpack occupy the top spot for the versatile New Jersey forward.

The 6-8, 195-pound Saint Joseph Regional (N.J.) junior, who has always wanted to go to Maryland after growing up a Terps fan because of his father, is hoping to take an unofficial visit this weekend to N.C. State after the Tournament of Champions ends.

Inman, who plays with the Playaz Basketball Club, is a prototypical Herb Sendek-type player. He can light it up from the perimeter, has the ability to drive to the basket, can post up smaller defenders and is also capable of putting the ball on the floor. ``He has tremendous upside," Saint Joseph coach Mike Doherty said. "Physically, he just hasn't hit his spurt yet. He needs to get serious about improving his strength and when he does, it'll be scary. It's definitely not a lack of effort that holds him back."

Inman comes from good bloodlines. His father, Gerald, played defensive end at Maryland and then had a cup of coffee with the San Francisco 49ers before a shoulder injury abruptly ended his career.

Inman has always had the Terps atop his list of favorites, but he has knocked them down a few spots after realizing that their level of interest is not quite at the same level as some of the other schools pursuing him.

``I'm not going to have tunnel vision with Maryland. They're still around, but N.C. State is number one on my list," Inman said. "I really liked the package they showed me and I really know a lot more about the school now. I also didn't have any idea they had a heavy interest in me, but I always wanted to go to the Big East or ACC."

``The coaches told me I can play both the three and the four and they look at me as a bigger version of Julius Hodge in terms of versatility," he added. "They let their big men have plenty of freedom and that's what I like. I'm really turned on by that."

But Inman hasn't ruled out other schools. Rutgers has been pursuing him the longest and they are a close second while St. Joseph's is also under serious consideration. Virginia Tech also recently offered and both Georgetown and Miami – who have new coaches – have begun to express recent interest.

``I am going to wait to make my decision," Inman said. "I want to make it right after ABCD camp."


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