Kingwood: UNC Notebook

<i>Inside Carolina</i>'s Jeff Goodman was at the Kingwood Classic last weekend, interviewing and evaluating UNC targets. Here are his notes and quotes on Mario Chalmers, Calvin Miles, Andray Blatche and others.

Mario Chalmers will definitely visit Chapel Hill.

The junior point guard, who was one of the few players to play consistently well at Kingwood this past weekend, is down to five schools: Arizona, UNC, Wake Forest, Kansas and UCLA.

Arizona has already gotten a visit and UNC will definitely get one, he said. Wake Forest is another school that will be likely get a visit.

"I'll probably take another visit in May," Chalmers said. "I doubt I'll take all five."

Chalmers finds a way to put up his 20 or 25 points, yet keep his teammates happy and involved. He scores in a variety of ways and also is a tough defender.

Chalmers and his father/coach, Ron, got off the plane and had to go straight to the gym on Saturday. The younger Chalmers wasn't thrilled with how he played in a loss to the Smyrna Stars, but he still had 20 points.

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Calvin Miles is the real deal. Plain and simple.

The long 6-6 wing from Dallas Skyline (Texas) was clearly one of the most impressive players at Kingwood – and will almost certainly be a McDonald's All-American.

Miles is the poster boy for versatility.

He can knock down the trifecta, gets to the basket with ease, can handle it and turn the corner on defenders and also has long arms that make it tough for opponents to get to the basket on him.

Each and every game Miles put up at least 20 points.

Carolina has moved right in the thick of things with Miles – and part of it was because Roy Williams was front and center for all of his games.

The other schools Miles listed were Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Illinois, Arizona and UConn.

"I think North Carolina and Texas are probably on me the hardest right now," Miles said. "But Coach (Paul) Hewitt and Williams are at every game."

Miles' teammate, 6-8 Kevin Rogers, is a more athletic version of former Arizona big man Michael Wright.

Rogers looked like a Top 25 player at times and then would disappear for stretches. He's intriguing because he rebounds well, can knock down the mid-range jumper and also runs the court well. Rogers reiterated that the Tar Heels are among his favorites. *****

Andray Blatche did what he usually does – play well in spurts.

The South Kent-bound 6-11 big man, who has told Inside Carolina on numerous occasions that if the Tar Heels offer, he'll accept, looks like a future NBA player some games and then disappears others.

Blatche has all the tools to become a dominant player, but he'll need to play hard all the time. In one game, after Duke commit Greg Paulus fouled out, Blatche actually ran the point for the final two overtimes and sank the game-winner on a drive.

However, in another contest, Blatche committed a costly reach-in foul on a Team Texas player well beyond the 3-point line with no time remaining that allowed Team Texas to win the game with a single free throw.

One thing that many people overlook with Blatche is that he's one of the best passing big men around.

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Notes: Illinois Warriors sophomore wing Jonathan Scheyer would welcome increased interest from North Carolina. Right now Duke and Illinois are among about 10 or so schools on his list. … Another sophomore, Gauchos 6-9 big man Curtis Kelly, also continues to list the Tar Heels. He played sparingly with the 17's and instead was also on the 16's because of academic problems this past year in high school. … There are plenty of varying opinions on Pittsburgh Jots forward Ben McCauley, who has gotten preliminary interest from UNC. One ACC school is out with McCauley while another still likes him a lot. He gives a lot of effort, but is somewhat limited at this point.


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