Aldridge, Dickey ponder future

IC's Jeff Goodman reports from Houston on Lamarcus Aldridge and Ra'Sean Dickey.

HOUSTON -- Lamarcus Aldridge was once leaning heavily towards North Carolina, prior to the emergence of Texas Blue Chips AAU coach Mitch Malone on the scene. Now Malone has faded into the background and UNC has gotten back into the picture – at least in the mind of the talented Texan.

The 6-11, 220-pound Aldridge, a versatile forward who was inconsistent at the Kingwood Classic this past weekend, is certainly interested in the Tar Heels.

"I like them a lot," he said. "The coach that came in is not a bad coach at all. But the question is does he still want me over there?"

Only time will tell, although it was apparent that Aldridge wasn't being evaluated quite as heavily by the North Carolina staff on Saturday.

Aldridge now lists four schools – Texas, UNC, Florida and Oklahoma - that will contend for his services and while most already have penciled him in to remain in the Lone Star State and sign with the Longhorns, things could change quickly if UNC opts to put on the full-court press.

Ra'Sean Dickey is another target whose future is unclear with the new staff on board, although he said his coach has fielded a couple of calls from UNC assistant Steve Robinson.

Dickey still favors the Tar Heels, but he's still also looking at Maryland, Florida, Georgia Tech, Kentucky and Arizona – although many of those schools have him down their recruiting board.

"It really didn't affect me with how much I like them because Roy Williams is a great big man coach," Dickey said. "But I was a little nervous after the coaching change, because I didn't hear from them in the first few days."

In the two games we saw Dickey, he averaged 23 points and 8 rebounds per game and displayed the array of low-post moves that made the former UNC staff take serious interest in the South Carolina native.

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