Spears sets his sights on UNC

Shamari Spears will split his time this spring and summer between the Greensboro Gaters and the New Jersey Demons. However, one thing that probably won't change this summer is his affinity for UNC.

"It always was and still in my dream school," said the 6-6, 235-pound Blair Academy sophomore, who hails from North Carolina but spent his first season at the same New Jersey prep school that produced Loul Deng and Charlie Villanueva.

"That's where I'm trying to get to," added Spears. "I'm trying to get my game to that level, but I'm still not satisfied."

At first glance, Spears doesn't look like a big-time player. He's wide, undersized and a little pudgy. But once he gets going, the Salisbury, N.C., native wastes no time showing people his wide assortment of skills.

Spears is tough to move in the post because of his wide body. He can score in the paint with ease, but can also step up and knock down the perimeter shot with consistency.

"I'm still working to add to my perimeter game," he said. "I've been lifting weights and getting stronger and I also want to be able to beat guys off the dribble better."

Other than UNC, Spears also said he favors Georgia Tech – and not because of how far they went in the tournament this past year.

"They have a lot of guys like me – 6-5 and 6-6 – who can post up and also shoot from the outside. That's what I'm all about. I'm undersized."

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