Curry returns from official visit

JamesOn Curry has spent a lot of time on the campus of UNC. Living in nearby Mebane, Curry gets to make the trip to Chapel Hill on many weekends. But this past weekend, the 6-2 shooting guard got to spend some additional quality time with future teammates, meet a new fellow recruit and he also got some assurances from the new staff. And this was his official visit.

After driving up from Mebane to Chapel Hill Friday afternoon, Curry, along with Quentin Thomas, spent time with Sean May, Reyshawn Terry and Jackie Manuel.

"We all just hung out a little bit. We went out to eat at Bailey's and then went to watch the third Matrix movie," Curry said.

This was Curry's first opportunity to meet Thomas, a fellow backcourt recruit from the 2004 class.

"He's real cool. I know he likes to pass and set up people, so I'm excited about that. It should free me up to shoot a little bit. He's got some size, he's about 6-3. He's good. He can shoot it a little bit too. I know Coach Williams wouldn't have recruited him if he couldn't play."

Curry was also aware that one of the most sought after post players in the class of 2005 was on campus, in 6-10 Eric Boateng.

"I heard he's got a lot of potential. Wes (Miller) said that he had seen him workout down in Florida and said he was real good. He said he had good footwork and could run."

Curry offered his thoughts on his talks with the basketball staff as well.

"I just got a whole lot of self assurance. After hearing all of the rumors, it just felt good to hear what the staff had to say. The only times that I hear these rumors is when a reporter calls me to question me about them. That's the only time that I hear them."

He also informed IC as to what he expects his role to be next season and down the road as a member of the Tar Heels.

"I think I'll be more of a combo guard on the college level than anything. I've worked on my handle so much and I think I'll be able to play on the wing a lot, too. I don't think I'll be strict to any one position. I'm ready to work on all aspects of my game. Taking a page out of Rashad McCants' book -- I'll be working on my game, trying to get to that next level. You know, you have to want to get better. And I want to get better."

And after a low key Friday night, Curry and Thomas went tailgating for a bit before the football game, then watched some of the Tar Heels victory over Wake Forest before heading over to the gym to play horse with Thomas. Curry and Thomas then watched the team win their first exhibition game, a 97-59 win over North Carolina Central.

Curry thought the team played well and noticed the team's new motivational spark plug on the sidelines of the Smith Center in Roy Williams.

"I thought they looked real good," said Curry of his future teammates. "It's kind of funny though, Coach kept yelling to 'push, push the ball.' I thought it was funny because those guys like to push anyway. I guess Coach just wants them to push it even more."

As for his overall experience on the official visit?

"It felt real good," he said. "I'm getting real excited to be there. I just want to keep working and get better."

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