CW: Kyle Lowry Spotlight

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- North Carolina must get a point guard in the 2004 class. But will it be Shaun Livingston? Quentin Thomas? Or -- Kyle Lowry?

Lowry, a 5-11, 175-pound senior at Philadelphia (Penn.) Cardinal Dougherty, has shaken up his school list and is now considering North Carolina, as he explained to Inside Carolina Saturday afternoon at the Charlie Weber Invitational.

"My top two schools took someone else, so now I'm wide open," Lowry said, referring to Syracuse and Xavier.

And that opened the door for some other schools, including North Carolina, who contacted Lowry's coach last week.

"Carolina just called my coach and asked to get involved," he said. "They're coming to see me Thursday at an open gym."

Lowry, ranked the No. 7 point guard in the class and No. 30 overall by Dave Telep, has seen the UNC campus and spoke favorably of the interest from the Tar Heels, but stressed that this was just initial contact and that he's still open to other schools.

"I'm wide open," he reiterated. "Anyone can get involved if they call my coach."

His current list stands at six, with Kansas, UConn, Pittsburgh, Villanova, Arkansas and North Carolina.

Lowry and the Playaz Gold were in cruise control Saturday, rolling past squads from Ottawa and New Hampshire. A weak tournament field offered little competition for what was clearly the most talented team at the event. The bulldog of a point guard averaged under 10 points in the two games, to go with a number of assists and rebounds. Perhaps most impressive on Saturday were his ball handling, passing skills and quick hands on defense.

Clint's Scouting Report

"A quick pure point guard who's tough, stocky and strong. He leaves it all on the floor -- diving, throwing his body at the rim with reckless abandon. Built just like a running back (Barry Sanders comes to mind) with a thick chest, big thighs and a low center of gravity. Tough competitor. Seems to embrace a challenge. Probably no bigger than 5-10, but very quick and very athletic. He can challenge at the rim on defense and motors equally well going left as he does right.

"His shot is what we were not too crazy about. It seemed inconsistent and he will have trouble getting it off against elite competition. It's a bit of a set shot that starts right in front of his face. His release is average -- not as quick as some. In his defense -- he can certainly shoot, it just didn't look as like a consistent thing.

"A high octane guard who's has a pass first mindset. But he can and will score when he wants to. Seems to score in spurts. Perfect for an uptempo team. He's a fine athlete in top notch condition. Likes to penetrate the lane and find the open shooters and slashers. Puts zip on his passes and ALWAYS looks to run."

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