Where does UNC stand with Watkins?

Reyshawn Terry is already locked in and JamesOn Curry won't be going anywhere. The new staff has plenty of time to make up ground with juniors such as Marvin Williams and Brian Johnson. <br><br>The guy that's the X-factor in all of this is senior 7-footer Darryl Watkins.

The Paterson Catholic (N.J.) big man was believed to be a North Carolina lean prior to the coaching change and now both he and his family are waiting to see how things shake out now that Roy Williams is in Chapel Hill.

"We've already talked about how Roy was going to be the coach, because we heard it was a done deal," Watkins Sr. said. "Right now we're going to see what happens. What Roy and UNC have to say about everything that's going on."

The elder Watkins even placed a call and spoke to assistant athletic director Larry Gallo in an attempt to find out some information. He also touched base with Matt Doherty about a week ago.

"I was just trying to find out what was going on," he said. "I spoke to Matt last Thursday and even though he's out of there, he's still loyal to the Tar Heels."

"I spoke to Larry Gallo (yesterday) and he said all the new coaches on the staff know about Darryl and he should still be one of the top prospects," he added. "Matt also made it clear to me they would still pursue him and he would call whoever took over."

Kansas had never recruited Watkins, so it's unclear what Williams and his staff thought of the enigmatic 7-footer.

"We've never spoken to anyone at Kansas," Watkins said. "But we're satisfied with the hiring. I think Roy will be a good coach. I wasn't really crazy with any of the pro prospects like George Karl coming in, so we're happy."

"He's a pretty capable coach," the elder Watkins added. "My thing is that they needed someone who can get the job done and show the kids how to play ball. Roy Williams is certainly a guy who'll do that."

Watkins is due to get his SAT score back sometime later this week, and in the meantime, he and his family will wait for a call from the new staff.

It's obvious that the Tar Heels are in need of another big man to help Sean May on the frontline next season. Watkins is basically the one unsigned senior who can make an impact next season and that Williams has a legitimate chance of landing this late in the recruiting process.

If Williams and his staff don't come calling – and fairly soon – the family will choose from his other suitors, which includes Kentucky, Villanova, Seton Hall, Pittsburgh and Rutgers. No official visits have been set up to any of those schools.

"Everybody's still calling and I didn't want to put anyone out or burn any bridges," Watkins Sr. said. "We want to keep our options open."


Check out IC's Darryl Watkins profile.

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