UNC Showing Strong Interest in Carter

ORLANDO, Fla. – Robert Carter has been a hot commodity this week in Orlando, but until recently Carolina hadn't been a prominent fixture in his recruitment.

The Tar Heel staff began showing interest in the early spring, explaining that they'd want to evaluate him in July. With the second evaluation period almost over, those viewings are nearly complete.

A recent phone call from UNC head coach Roy Williams to the 6-8, 240-pound Thomasville (Ga.) High standout confirmed increased interest and Carter has watched by the Carolina coaching staff at the Super Showcase and the AAU Nationals.

"North Carolina is showing really strong interest right now," Carter said.

Carter acknowledged scholarship offers from most east-coast high-major programs but said that Carolina has yet to offer.

"Pretty much everybody in the ACC and SEC (has offered me) besides North Carolina and Duke," Carter said.

When Williams recently had the chance to speak to Carter over the phone, he made it known that he would continue to track Carter's Atlanta Xpress team through the final days in Orlando.

"He told me he was going to be out in Orlando watching me play," Carter said of his conversation with Williams. "He said that his assistants have been telling him great things about me so he wanted to see me play. He's seen me play before but he said he wanted to see me play again. He said we were going to go from there."

Carter acknowledged that he would be very interested in Carolina if they were to extend a scholarship offer his way.

"Yeah, I would be interested. The history of North Carolina is good and they're a good program."

Carter has also yet to formulate an official list of schools and views himself as open in the recruiting process at this time – though that is about to change.

"Everybody is pretty much the same, but I'm going to come out with my list after the end of the period," Carter said. "I think I'm going to take some official visits and then figure out where I'm going to go. I'm not sure who I am going to visit yet."

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