Boateng gets a first-hand look at an elite program

Last weekend was noteworthy for UNC basketball for several reasons. The team cruised in its first exhibition game, two future Heels made their official visits, and lastly, one of the top big men from the class of 2005, Eric Boateng, got his first look at the campus in Chapel Hill.

"We got down there kind of late," said Bobby Rue, head coach at St. Andrews. "We met with Coach [Roy] Williams and the other coaches and he got to see all of the basketball facilities in the Dean Dome before the exhibition."

Boateng saw the campus, met with a lot of current players, hung out with JamesOn Curry and Quentin Thomas for a brief bit and also got to do some "tailgating" before the UNC football game.

"The fan support down there is just incredible," said Rue. "Eric was just getting the feel of an elite program like Carolina."

Rue informed IC that Boateng got to talk with Williams to discuss the situation for him at UNC as well.

"UNC has not offered a scholarship," Rue said, "but they are very interested in Eric. I think he fits what they need perfectly, because he can run, he can shoot, he's very coordinated and he's such a great kid. We'll have to see where that goes."

And while Williams and the rest of the UNC staff will continue to monitor Boateng this year during his junior season, offers continue to pour in for the 6-10, 230-pounder from England.

He's gotten a bunch of offers," Rue said. "Schools like Villanova, St. Joe's, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Xavier, Boston College, Penn State and such have offered. And I know that I'm forgetting some, too. Kansas just recently offered as well."

Despite the plethora of attention though -- Rue insists that Boateng is no where close to deciding his collegiate destination. At least not just yet.

"I think he's really just in the early stages of his recruitment. He's from England, so he needs to just get a feel for these colleges over here. So, I'd be as surprised as anyone if he announced that he was going to go anywhere yet," Rue said.

Boateng will return to Tobacco Road again this coming weekend to tour both the Duke and N.C. State campuses.


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