Heels fall behind for Ginyard

North Carolina isn't out of contention, but the Tar Heels will need to make up ground to beat out Duke for Marcus Ginyard's services.

The Bishop O'Connell (Va.) 6-4 1/2, 190-pound rising junior guard, who won't attend either the Nike All-American Camp or ABCD because of a paperwork mixup, has the Blue Devils as his current leader.

"I like the coaching staff there and they have a good group of guys," Ginyard said. "I think they are the ones that can get the most out of me both on and off the court."

Ginyard, who is a poised and versatile backcourt player that needs to improve his outside shot, will attend both the Peach Jam and AAU Nationals with the D.C. Blue Devils and is in no rush to make a college decision.

The key will be whether Duke, which has prioritized Greg Paulus as its top point guard from the Class of 2005, will offer Ginyard. So far, Notre Dame is the lone school in his final five to put forth an offer.

"Most of the schools aren't setting me in any one position," he added. "They are enjoying the fact that I can move around. Notre Dame wants me as a point guard, but Duke cherishes my versatility."

Ginyard did, however, say that the Tar Heels chances of landing him have improved with the recent coaching change.

"They're definitely not out of the picture," Ginyard said. "I definitely want to get to know them better and that's something I'm going to do."


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