Where do the Heels stand with Giles?

Catching up with anyone associated with C.J. Giles lately has definitely been a challenge. But <i>IC</i> finally got his AAU coach, Robert Lowden, on the phone today, nearly a week after Roy Williams flew out to Seattle for his in-home visit with the coveted big man.

Lowden generously offered his opinion on where the Rainier Beach standout -- who has been offered a scholarship by UNC -- stood with his recruitment.

"Yeah I think he likes Carolina," said Lowden. "I know when we've talked before he has told me how much he likes the atmosphere down there and that he likes the small town feel of Chapel Hill. He's been down there a couple of times before for tournaments and such, so he's aware of what it's all about."

"He loves the tradition of Carolina basketball and he sees that there's a program and certainly a coach that can offer him some things that other programs can't," continued Lowden. "I think that if you look at what Carolina has done in regards to producing NBA players, and more importantly, what Roy Williams has done with putting big guys in the NBA, C.J. is looking at that because he has plans for playing basketball after college."

Giles, an athletic and agile post player from Seattle, has been a late bloomer to the high profile recruiting scene. This summer, his stock rose considerably according to many of the west coast's, and nation's, most respected recruiting analysts. He's put on nearly 25 pounds of muscle and become one of the most explosive big men in the country. And his performances against the most touted frontline in the country -- the Atlanta Celtics -- rose many an eyebrow on the summer scene, including Williams.

UNC, however, is not the only big time program that is trying to get a commitment from Giles.

His list of suitors includes the likes of USC, Kansas, Arizona and Miami as well. And Lowden expects the senior to look all over the country before he makes his decision. Especially since several of his former teammates are scattered across the nation.

"I think he's going to look at going across the country, so if he's thinking of going to the east coast -- I'm sure he'd go to Carolina over Miami because of what they offer."

"Carolina has got to be the frontrunner from what I know," said Lowden, "but that's from my point of view obviously."


For more on Giles, check out IC's C.J. Giles profile.

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