McGowan awaits call from UNC

The North Carolina staff told Cyrus McGowan this his games in Orlando this past week would be a tryout of sorts to see whether or not a scholarship would be extended.

The 6-8 ½, 235-pound Meridian (Miss.) High senior still isn't quite certain whether he passed or failed.

"They said they'd call me after the nationals and tell me if I have a scholarship or not," McGowan said. "They haven't called yet."

"They had told me after ABCD Camp that my scholarship depended on how I played at the Nationals," he added. "I didn't play as well as I wanted to."

However, despite a sub-par effort by McGowan, sources close to the situation are confident that the Tar Heels will be in contact with the hard-working big man from down south.

"He's on his way to becoming one of the premiere big men in the country," Meridien coach Ernie Watson said. "He's an aggressive defender who's strong on the boards. His biggest asset is rebounding, but his scoring will come."

Inside Carolina analyst Eric Bossi commented on McGowan during Tuesday's premium chat.

"I think Cyrus is underrated," Bossi write. "He projects as a college five with some back to the basket scoring skills, good athleticism and a good frame that could easily be bulked up wiith another 15 pounds or so of muscle. He's the total package with grades and personality off the court as well."

McGowan said that if the Tar Heels do put forth an offer, it would be hard not to accept – although he maintained that he would explore his other options among his top five schools, which includes Mississippi State, Georgia Tech, LSU, Miami and Tennessee.

For now, Mississippi State is the leader with Georgia Tech close behind – but that could change quickly if UNC offers.

"I'm hoping that UNC offers," McGowan said. "It would be tough to turn them down, although I'd still take my visits."

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