Eric Boateng to visit UNC

Eric Boateng, a 6-10 native of England and one of the top post players in the class of 2005, will be taking an unofficial visit to North Carolina on Nov. 8, Dave Telep learned this evening.

Boateng, who attends the St. Andrews School (Del.), is ranked No. 12 in the 2005 class by Telep.

He has already visited Georgetown and Villanova, and later in November will return to the Triangle to visit Duke and N.C. State.

Telep was the special guest at Inside Carolina's premium chat on Monday night, and had the following to say when asked about Boateng ...

"Everyone in America will make a run at him. He's 'fresh' in the sense that he has few predispositions about schools having only been here on season and living in England the rest of his life. Trust me, this kid is a prospect and I think he's got big time written all over him. Boateng is more of a center but he's a decent athlete and runs well."

Check out IC's Eric Boateng profile.

Eric Boateng On The Rise
By Dave Telep, TheInsidersHoops
Date: Jul 10, 2003

INDIANAPOLIS – Our friends from England have allowed another big timer to cross the pond. Recent English exports have included Luol Deng, Andrew Sullivan and Spencer Dunkley and now you can add Eric Boateng's name to the list.

Eric Boateng was playing club basketball in England when a high school coach from the United States bumped into him. With no particular plans to venture to the U.S. prior to the meeting, Boateng was all ears.

The 6-10 2005 center can't tell the difference between Duke and Drexel or Al Jefferson from George Jefferson and he's never watched college basketball in England, but he's here at Nike Camp and he's drawing interest from the big timers.

On Wednesday, guys like Mike Krzyzewski, Ben Howland, Bill Self and Skip Prosser were among the head coaches who were courtside throughout the day watching intently.

Like most young big kids, Boateng's defense is well ahead of his offense. He's a long, agile and active 6-10. He plays hard and has no idea who he's matched up against. Of the 188 campers here, no one knows less about the other kids than Boateng. He's new to the situation so instead of worrying about who he's playing, he's focused on how he's playing.

"I feel like I've got a lot to improve in terms of strength-wise," Boateng said. His first order of business at camp was getting rid of the jitters. He's settled in and is finally comfortable but it took a few days.

In fact, two weeks ago at the Hoop Jamboree, Boateng – who is completely new to this level of competition – had a case of stage fright early in the camp. "It's very similar [to the Hoop Jamboree]. The first two days I was very, very nervous. Then, the last two days I got comfortable."

The big fella can expect to hear from schools such as Villanova, Wake Forest, Kansas, Duke and UCLA; it's completely fair to say he's surprised himself to this point. "I've looked at other players such as Luol Deng. I've heard of what they can do. I never knew I would make the sort of impact I did."

Boateng isn't going to be playing much after Nike. He'll travel to the Charlie Weber event the 13th-15th and play with his AAU team, the Delaware Sharpshooters. After that, sometime in August, he'll leave for a visit back to England.

This guy was an honorable mention all-stater last year at Middletown (DE) St. Andrews. He'll be taking home some heavier hardware next season.


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