Junior to Watch: Corey Gibbs

Corey Gibbs, a 6-8, 225-pound junior forward from Atlanta (Ga.) Pace, made an unofficial visit to Chapel Hill on the weekend of Nov. 9-11.

"He enjoyed the visit very much," said Sandra "Peaches" Glass, who accompanied Gibbs on the visit that included a tour of the campus, a talk with head coach Matt Doherty and locker room access during the Saturday exhibition with Nike Elite.

"Corey hung around with Jawad Williams a lot," Glass said. "They spent a lot of time in France together (on the Nike USA team at the June, 2001 World Tournament in Douai, France) and they're pretty good friends. He loved the campus and he was amazed with the Dean Dome. And when he went to the game, Jawad started, so Corey was like -- 'If he can do it so can I.'

"He also met with the academic advisor and talked with her a bit about a plan."

The Tar Heels are one of Gibbs' top three schools at this point, according to Glass, joined by Cincinnati and Georgetown.

"He's already visited UNC, NC State, Georgia and Cincinnati," she said. "And we are going to visit Georgetown and Clemson really soon as well."

Glass says that UNC has offered a scholarship, as has every other school that Gibbs has visited.

Gibbs' AAU coach, Linzy Davis of Georgia Elite, goes so far as to say that UNC is the leader. He provided the following analysis of his star forward.

"Corey's really a power guy -- a 3-4 type. He's got a good mid-range game, is quick and efficient around the rim, has got a good mid-range game and he's really quick around the basket. He's very strong and finishes well inside. He'll fit better in a system where he's not the star, but a secondary scoring option. Corey thrives in a setting like that."

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