Williams to visit with C.J. Giles

Roy Williams is headed to Seattle to meet with 6-11, 230-pound rising senior C.J. Giles on Wednesday.

The North Carolina head coach has apparently, and suddenly, made the Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach post player a priority, according to Vikings head coach Mike Bethea.

"It's funny," Bethea said, "[assistant] coach [Joe] Holladay called me on one day and told me Coach Williams had said 'We've got to get in on C.J. right now - we've got to have him.' A day later Coach [Williams] called me and said 'We've got to be able to get in on him."

The Tar Heels have almost instantly become one of Giles' final four schools, which also includes Miami, Kansas and Arizona.

Giles took a visit to Miami last weekend, and will meet with all four schools this week for "in-home" visits.

He's got his in-home from Miami today, Kansas tomorrow, and Arizona and UNC later this week," Bethea said.

Giles has a trip to Old Dominion planned for this coming weekend because he's familiar with an assistant there with Seattle ties, but ODU is considered at best a dark horse in his recruitment, as Giles wants to play in a big-time college basketball conference.

Official visits are already scheduled for Kansas (Sept. 27) and Arizona (Oct. 17 - Midnight Madness). While no visit has been set up yet for UNC, that is expected to be discussed during the "in-home" this week.

Giles has yet to speak with the UNC staff, as his father, Chester, who played at Kansas from 1978-80, has helped organize the visits.

"Not yet," Giles Sr. said in reference to scheduling a visit to Chapel Hill. "We're going to wait on that -- we've got one more on campus visit left. You never know, after visiting Miami, Kansas and Arizona, a decision might be made then."

Giles Sr. added that UNC has offered his son a scholarship.

Giles' increased size and rapid development has raised his stock and brought top programs knocking.

"C.J.'s grown leaps and bounds from a year ago," Bethea said. "He's not even the same player."

What specifically has changed to make him so much better?

"Maturity, plus he put on 10-15 pounds and is starting to get the confidence he didn't have," Bethea added. "Now he knows he's 6-11, can dunk on people and can also go around them whenever he wants. He's so dominating on defense as well.

Giles is currently ranked No. 54 in the class in Dave Telep's Preseason Top 100.

Midwest analyst Eric Bossi was impressed watching Giles this summer.

"[He's] a mobile and athletic baseline performer," Bossi wrote last month. "Giles is a top 65 or better prospect who has continued to improve at a rapid pace over the last few years. He can really run the court and excels at picking up garbage buckets around the hoop. Still, he projects as more than a garbage man on the next level and is developing a nice scoring package in the paint and facing the basket from 10 feet."


For previous stories and more info, check out IC's C.J. Giles profile.

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