Heels out of the race for Giles (updated)

North Carolina has been eliminated from the C.J. Giles sweepstakes because of the Tar Heels' late entry, according to sources close to the situation.

Giles, a 6-11, 230-pound athletic senior at Rainier Beach (Wash.), will choose from Arizona, Kansas and Miami.

Rainier Beach coach Mike Bethea confirmed that Giles, who runs the court extremely well and also is a terrific shot-blocker, will no longer consider UNC.

Giles also confirmed Wednesday night that he has indeed eliminated North Carolina.

"They really weren't recruiting me until late," Giles said. "They really came down to see Marvin [Williams]. They wanted me to come in and play defense, but I can do more than that."

Now the Tar Heels will continue to focus on trying to land a point guard – either Shaun Livingston or Quentin Thomas – and also work on securing a commitment from a big man.

Georgia native Randolph Morris is the leading big man candidate, although it appears that it will be tough to pry him from Georgia Tech. Kentucky and Clemson are also involved with the 6-11 Morris, who teamed with Dwight Howard and Josh Smith this past summer on the Atlanta Celtics.

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