Tenn. PF on UNC Radar

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- North Carolina already has one post prospect committed for its 2013 recruiting class, but the Tar Heel staff has also shown interest in Memphis (Tenn.) Southwind's Johnathan Williams.

According to Williams, a 6-foot-8, 210-pounder, he's been in contact with a UNC assistant coach and described the Tar Heel staff's interest as "medium."

"They see me playing as a three-four," Williams said about Carolina. "More inside and out because I can play both positions. They see me as one of those players.

"They've talked to me about a visit, but not an offer."

Williams, a five-star prospect, has a strong connection with the UNC program through his brother.

"They are pretty cool," he said of UNC. "Roy Williams is a great coach. That's enough said right there. I like their fast break. I like their program. And plus one of my old friends plays there right now, Leslie McDonald.

"He actually played with my brother when he was in high school, Johnny Williams. They've been best friends since high school."

To go with North Carolina, Williams currently claims college interest from Memphis, Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida, Miss State, Louisville, Oklahoma State, Texas, Georgetown, Virginia, Auburn and Alabama.

"It's been crazy man," Williams said about the recruiting process. "They are like my girlfriends now. I get more calls from them than my girls. "

Williams has already taken unofficial visits to Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Memphis, Georgetown and Louisville. He said Michigan State is working him for a visit as well.

On the court, Williams, who is ranked No. 17 overall in the 2013 class, sees himself as a versatile forward.

"I want to play similarly to [Kevin Durant] mixed with a Pau Gasol," Williams. "I want to have a mix of inside and outside so no one in the country can guard me."

The No. 5 ranked power forward in the 2013 class said that rebounding is one of his biggest strengths.

"Rebounding and when I get it off the glass I'm pushing it," he said about his game. "I'm trying to get it to the rim or I'm trying to make a play for someone else. That's where I'm best at, it's on the fast break. I can post up. I can play the wing. Wherever the coach needs me I'll be there."

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