UNC interested in two NY guards

While the former regime was concentrating primarily on big men from the junior class, Roy Williams and his staff have already been evaluating a pair of New York floor leaders in the event that Raymond Felton leaves after next season.

Tar Heels assistant Steve Robinson has been extremely active ever since coming over from Kansas and on successive weekend trips to Houston he's spent significant time watching Utica Proctor (N.Y.) guard Josh Wright and Amityville's combo guard A.J. Price.

Price is the one with the higher rep, but both can fill it up.

Wright was under the impression that UNC has offered, which his AAU coach from the Long Island Panthers, Gary Charles, said that's not the case.

"They told me they are interested, but that no scholarship has been offered yet," Charles said. "They have been showing some interest since Houston."

The 6-1, 170-pound Wright took a back seat to Charlie Villanueva and Mike Jones (Maryland) last season, but this year it's been his turn to be the team leader.

"He's got terrific shooting ability and his quickness allows him to get by most people," Charles added. "But the best thing he does is shoot the hell out of the ball."

Wright averaged 25 points and 8 assists this past season and will need to get stronger, so that he is able to finish in the lane without getting knocked off his feet.

"It's nice to hear that Carolina is interested," Wright said. "I haven't really narrowed down my list. Every school that's looking at me now I am considering."

That list includes Syracuse, Kentucky, UConn, Pittsburgh, Boston College, Seton Hall, Louisville and South Florida.

"The game that they (North Carolina) saw me in Texas I played against Sebastian (Telfair)," Wright added. "I guarded him, but he didn't guard me. I had at least 20, but we lost by 4 points."

Price, meanwhile, hails from the same high school that produced one of "The Ones Who Got Away" from Carolina, Villanova freshman big man Jason Fraser.

Price is about the size as Wright (maybe a half-inch taller and a few pounds heavier) and can score in a variety of ways. He averaged 25.4 points, 7 boards and 5 assists as a junior and has a knack for knocking down the clutch shot.

Although he's only been getting interest from the Tar Heels for the last couple weeks, Price has already elevated UNC in his top five, which also consists of St. John's, N.C. State, Virginia and Rutgers.

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