Situation with UNC unclear for Cameron

Whether or not North Carolina heavily pursues Joey Cameron, from Leeds HS (Ala.), remains to be seen. The 6-8, 245-pound junior has again changed teams on the AAU circuit, as he's now suiting up for the Tennessee Travelers. And he's preparing for a heavyweight battle against another one of the nation's top power forwards, in Tyler Hansbrough, tonight in St. Louis.

"It'll be real interesting to see how that plays out," said Mike Turner, Cameron's coach at Leeds. "I think Joey is one of the top power forwards in the country. Anybody would be hard pressed to find a better power forward in the class of 2005, and I'm not just saying that because I'm his coach either. The game against Hansbrough [tonight] should say a lot."

"He and Richard Hendrix have been battling it out in Alabama since the ninth grade," continued Turner, "and I'm not just so sure that either one of them is clearly better than the other."

Cameron hopes that the UNC staff will make him a priority because the interest is certainly there on his side.

"I'm still heavily interested in the Tar Heels. No doubt about it," said Cameron..

Turner implied that the Tar Heels' staff may not have offered Cameron a scholarship offer just yet for political reasons. And he seems to think that the situation with Clemson may be holding UNC's interest at bay.

"Well, he's been de-committed from Clemson for months now and I've told them that," said Turner. "I said look -- he decommitted and he's been decommitted for awhile now. I just don't know if they're that comfortable with things. But I just don't want them to waste my time if they're not serious."

"He's very interested in being recruited by Carolina," he continued. "And I think that they've been consistent in recruiting him. They're recruiting him fairly good at this time, but no offer has been put on the table yet. I think they're still in the phase of seeing what they have available. [Assistant] coach [Steve] Robinson has told me that they're very interested in Joey and that they'll be recruiting him and following him this summer."

Turner ran off a list of schools that he believes are on Cameron's short list.

"Certainly Tennessee. They're up there. UAB is on his list. And Florida is a school that he's very interested in as well. Others are Georgia, Georgia Tech and South Alabama."

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