Heels pursue Price

ORLANDO -- Once again, North Carolina has entered into the A.J. Price sweepstakes. And this time Price is a believer.

"I felt like that before they were coming in late and only because I was playing well," Price said. "I took it personally, but then I looked it at as though all that matters is that they want me."

Price has been playing as well as any guard in the country in the July evaluation period, which translated into another call from the Tar Heels. According to Price, Roy Williams called both his high school coach, Amityville's (N.Y.) Jack Agostino, as well as Price's mother.

"Coach Williams called my mom right after Nike," Price said.

"The interest from North Carolina had dropped off some because of me," he added. "I just didn't pursue it because they came in so late."

Price said all the rumors of him heading to St. John's are premature and that he's going to talk to his family and coaches and figure out which schools he will visit in the fall.

Right now, the Tar Heels are battling with the Red Storm, UConn, Syracuse, Kansas, Georgia Tech and newcomer Florida State.

"I still don't have a leader – and am still open to schools," he said.

Price has not only been scoring 20-plus points seemingly every game, but has also been leading Riverside Church to victories – despite playing without big man Derrick Caracter, who is in Las Vegas playing with the Long Island Panthers, and backcourt mate Keith Benjamin (Villanova), who is out with an ankle injury.

One good thing for UNC fans is that Price will use tradition as one key factor when making his final college decision.

"There are a lot of different things, but playing time is important," he said. "But the most important thing is whether I will have a chance to win."

With the way Roy Williams and his staff are getting things done, that won't be much of a question.

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