Hendrix returns from visit to 'Bama

Richard Hendrix was getting tired of the same old competition in Athens, Ala., so he took the two-hour drive to Tuscaloosa.

The 6-8, 250-pound senior power forward, who narrowed his list months ago to Alabama and North Carolina, played pickup with the Crimson Tide players – and also had a chat with the athletic director and Alabama coach Mark Gottfried.

"I got tired of playing at school and wanted to play against better competition," Hendrix said.

Hendrix did not commit to Alabama on the visit and said he's still making progress on his decision.

"He's already familiar with the players and the programs at both schools and he just decided to go down and take a ride that way," said Hendrix's father/coach, Venard.

The elder Hendrix reaffirmed that his son plans to make his decision prior to the start of his senior season.

"He had his priorities," Venard Hendrix added. "First it was the state championship and we fell short. Then it was AAU ball and the camps. Now he's focused on making a decision."

"I think it's s tough decision for him to make," he continued.

Although Hendrix admitted he hasn't given it all that much thought, he did say that the recent commitment of Alonzo Gee and the influx of talent into an Alabama program that went to the Elite Eight a year ago won't hurt the Crimson Tide's chances.

"I've been impressed with the type of talent that has committed lately," Hendrix said. "Alonzo Gee and Ray George. I don't really know them, but I've heard that George may be good enough to go to the league out of junior college."

However, Hendrix was also well-aware of the abundance of talent that Roy Williams has at his disposal – and that North Carolina will give him an opportunity to compete for a national title.

"Both programs have a lot of talent," Hendrix said. "And I think they can both give me a chance to win a championship."

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