LAS VEGAS -- Javin DeLaurier's spring put him on the map. His summer has turned him into a hotly contested national recruit.
The 6-foot-9 native of Virginia received a North Carolina scholarship offer in June and the Tar Heel coaching staff and has watched his games with Team Loaded Virginia the week at the adidas Uprising Summer Championships.
Besides the attention from North Carolina, DeLaurier claims scholarship offers from Cal, Florida, Louisville, Miami, Princeton, Texas, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
Since becoming a prominent national recruit this summer, DeLaurier has been hearing from the North Carolina staff quite a bit, as he cited the Tar Heels being among the schools most active in his recruitment.
"As the process has gone on, I've started hearing pretty consistently from UNC, Florida, Cal, Louisville," DeLaurier said.
Recent conversations with North Carolina have centered on the program's need for frontcourt additions in the 2016 class and how DeLaurier might fit with the program.
"They need guys with size in the Class of 2016 who can do many things, so we've talked about that," DeLaurier said. "It was a great visit. UNC is UNC. It's crazy."
One of the things that many coaches are talking with DeLaurier about is how they might use him at the next level.
"Most schools, it's generally the same thing. Just a forward," DeLaurier said. "With my height and my mobility, once my skill development catches up with the rest of me, they can see me developing my perimeter game a little bit more. I guess you could say a small forward. But, we'll see."
DeLaurier hasn't scheduled any official visits yet and he is planning to figure out the next step for things in the recruiting process once he's able to finish up his AAU season at the end of July. He said that "there's definitely a chance" North Carolina will get an official visit, but he's still waiting to talk things over with his family first.
"It's been intense. A lot of contact with different schools. At times it can be a little bit overwhelming," DeLaurier said. "But my parents have done a good job of helping me stay grounded and keeping me in control."
While figuring out how he'll be utilized is a big step in figuring out the recruiting landscape, DeLaurier has a few other things he's looking for that will help him decide.
"The situation I'm heading into. What position for me in terms of style of play and when I'm going to play. Playing early is important to me," DeLaurier said. "Coaches that are going to help me develop as best as I can. So, best situation; best fit."
DeLaurier Looking for Best Fit
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