Addressing the Alexander Johnson buzz

The internet has been buzzing with news of North Carolina's reported interest in Alexander Johnson, a post player who recently decided his commitment to the Bulldogs was not so firm. The <i>Inside Carolina</i> staff reports on the situation.

Johnson, from Albany (Ga.) Dougherty is undoubtedly an exceptional talent. "He is one of those guys who's a physical intimidator," said Clint Jackson, IC's recruiting analyst. "He's strong and very explosive inside but has some face up skills as well. He rebounds, he swats shots and he can put it on the floor."

Johnson weighs about 225 pounds and has been listed at 6-10, though he measured 6-7 shoeless at Nike. He checks in at No. 24 on IC's Consensus Rankings of 2002.

However, Tar Heels fans ought to temper their enthusiasm. The Carolina staff's involvement at this point with Johnson is in its very preliminary stages and may not progress from that point.

With two grants remaining, and the desire to fill those scholarships with post players, the Heels have been scouring the nation for uncommitted seniors who could fill that frontcourt void. A wide assortment of names have surfaced, but that only skims the surface of the number of players the coaches have inquired about.

Due to personal developments, Johnson has decided to check out several schools (Cincinnati, Louisville and Alabama) before solidifying his commitment to Georgia. UNC requested information on the now uncommitted prospect. Johnson, who received early interest from Carolina in the spring, therefore listed the Tar Heels.

Johnson has considerable work to do in order to qualify, sources close to Johnson informed IC's Clint Jackson. In addition, people around him say he has significant interest in the NBA, even though he didn't perform this summer as well as he had hoped and so NBA teams aren't calling at this point.

Despite a report by RivalsHoops saying Johnson will visit Chapel Hill in the next three weeks, no visit to Carolina has been scheduled, says IC's Zeke Martins, citing sources close to the program.

Again, UNC's involvement with Johnson is purely at an introductory point, as it is with dozens of uncommitted post players around the country right now. And more names will undoubtedly emerge in the coming weeks and months.

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