Blatche set on UNC, but ...

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Andray Blatche is playing the waiting game. The 6-11, 230-pound Syracuse, N.Y., native, who will head to South Kent (Conn.) for a prep year in the fall, said it'll be all but a formality if North Carolina extends a scholarship offer.

Blatche and Duke-bound teammate Greg Paulus helped lead SRAP to the title at the Five-Star Classic this past weekend, beating BABC in the championship game. As usual, Blatche showcased an array of skills that have many wondering if he'll ever step foot on a college campus at all. He scored 22 points in a semifinal victory against the Faifield County Stars and had a big-time blocked shot to preserve the victory against BABC in the title game.

"There's no question in my mind that I'd like to go straight to the NBA," Blatche said. "But I know I need to get bigger and stronger."

Blatche also needs to display more consistency on the court for an entire game. He tends to lose focus at times, which translates into dominant spurts and other periods of times when he disappears.

Other than the Tar Heels, Blatche also mentions hometown Syracuse and West Virginia. But the other two don't stand a chance – if Tar Heels coach Roy Williams decides to take a chance on Blatche.

Not only is Blatche a risk to go directly to the pros, but he's also somewhat of an academic concern – although South Kent coach Raphael Chillious said that he's confident Blatche will qualify after a year at the Connecticut school.

"I want to go to North Carolina and I'm just waiting for them to look at my transcript," Blatche said. "After that, if they offer me, I'm going to UNC."

Blatche will get a chance to get a first-hand look at the campus in a couple weeks when he takes an unofficial visit either before or after the Tournament of Champions.

"I'm looking forward to it," he said. "But I already have my mind made up that's where I want to go."


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