Roy Williams Calls Russell

North Carolina is ramping up its interest in Montverde (Fla.) Academy standout D'Angelo Russell. Roy Williams recently put in a call to the five-star guard.

"He called me after the Ohio State game when LaQuinton Ross hit that buzzer beater," Russell said. "So he called me and told me how he was interested. He said he wanted to see me play in person. He said he's heard a lot of good things from his assistants and what not and we just talked from there."

UNC assistant coach Hubert Davis has been actively recruiting Russell and evaluated him multiple times during the season. Roy Williams will see him for the first time on Friday.

"He just said that he never offers a kid unless he sees them in person first," Russell said. "He wants to see me person, so Friday he's going to come down for a work out."

Russell said there is mutual interest with the Tar Heels.

"I definitely like Carolina," the 6-foot-4 guard said. "They started showing interest at the beginning of the year. Then they fell back a little and then they started showing interest in the middle of the year. Then we've just been keeping in touch since then, but I'm definitely interested in them."

North Carolina attempted to get Russell on campus for their big rivalry game with Duke.

"They tried to schedule me for the North Carolina/Duke game, but I couldn't get on campus that weekend," he said. "They want to schedule a visit for this summer when I can."

To go with interest from North Carolina, Russell is being recruiting by Louisville, Indiana, North Carolina State, Kentucky, Memphis, Missouri, Georgetown, LSU, Nebraska, Michigan State and Ohio State.

"There's a lot of schools that are coming out of nowhere," Russell said about his recruitment. "It's going good."

Despite the amount of interest, Russell isn't in a hurry with his recruitment. He may cut down his list this summer, but hasn't thought about a timetable for a decision.

"I've talked to my dad," Russell said. "I want to cut my list to seven or eight in the summer time. I'm going to think about it, but he doesn't want me to move too fast. That's just something I was thinking about doing."

Russell,'s No. 11 prospect in the 2014 class, will play with Each 1 Teach 1 on the spring and summer EYBL circuit.

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