Tar Heels Still Seeking Shooting Guard

North Carolina hasn't closed the book on its 2014 recruiting class just yet.

The Tar Heels are among the schools that have reached out to Elijah Stewart this week. The lengthy 6-foot-5 wing from Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester was officially released from his letter of intent to Loyola Marymount on Wednesday.

"I talked to coach [C.B.] McGrath yesterday and they called and they spoke to his mom as well," Stewart's AAU coach Lionel Benjamin said of his conversation with a UNC assistant coach.

"They wanted to let everybody know their situation," he added. "They want to find another shooter. They basically told us they are looking for another shooter. Coach [Roy] Williams didn't like the fact that they ended up with only one shooter last season."

At this point, it's still in the early stages of the recruitment.

"They just said they are interested," Benjamin said. "Neither one of them know each other at this point. They are trying to gather more info on him."

"Coach McGrath, I've dealt with him before when I had Jordan Hamilton and some other guys," he added. "I didn't think they would call if they weren't interested. They asked me for his transcript. They took the first step and got the release."

To go with interest from UNC, Stewart has also heard from Texas, USC, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Creighton, Virginia, Rhode Island, Missouri and TCU. Stewart is also still considering LMU.

"As of right now, there's no timeframe on making a decision," Benjamin said. "He's trying to get to know other people and trying to figure out what direction he's going to go."

Stewart is coming off of a breakout senior season, leading Westchester (Calif.) High to a 30-7 record and the state semifinals. His final high school campaign included big performances in national events, such as a 39-point outing in the Holiday Classic vs. St. Edwards (Ohio) and a 32-point performance at the Nike Extravaganza against DeMatha (Md.).

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"He's one of the best pull-up jump shooters in the country. Stewart is a born scorer who has made significant strides over the last year. He's a competitive kid who very consistently comes out and scores at a high level.

"He's at his best in big games and in the spotlight. He always plays hard He's a good defender and has good size and length for the position. He's playing his best basketball now and we have every reason to think that he's at a good place in his development curve and should be a good college basketball player."

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