Hendrix hosts UNC coaches

Roy Williams and Joe Holladay got a chance to make their final pitch to Richard Hendrix on Tuesday night.

The 6-8, 245-pound Athens High (Ala.) power forward hosted the North Carolina coaches on a 3 ½-hour in-home visit that featured a ham dinner from Hendrix's mother.

"It was the last go-around to help me with my decision," Hendrix said. "It went smooth. I don't think it's really about telling me anything new. It's more about re-assuring me and my hearing their voice."

"I didn't really ask a lot of questions," he continued. "At this point, a lot of the things I already know have been said over and over. The point of it is for the coaches to do what they need to in order to get me to their program. It's flattering."

Hendrix hosted Alabama on another three-plus hour visit last week and now hopes to make a decision in the coming weeks.

However, he said he's been close to making a decision in the past – but that with time comes a change of thought.

"It happens all the time that I think I'm ready to make a decision," Hendrix said. "One day it's one school and then the next day it's the other school. Sometimes it's even two, three or even a week where I think one school is the place for me."

"It goes up and down day to day," he continued. "That's why it's so hard for me to decide. It's the home state school against tradition, but the home-state school is on it's way to establishing tradition."

Hendrix is just waiting for that day when it all feels right.

"I think it's going to work out that way and something's going to tell me where I want to go," he said. "I think these home-school visits give me a chance to assure me and then talking to them after this will re-assure me on my decision.

"Then I just have to not look back."

Hendrix has nothing but positive things to say about both Alabama coach Matt Gottfried and Williams.

"People don't realize it, but Coach Gottfried is thought of around here in very high regard," he said. "But I really like Coach Williams also.

"He's really down to earth – more than you'd expect him to be. He's a person that's so well-known in the coaching world, but he's in-touch with his roots and has never let his past go away from him. He realizes where he comes from, where a lot of other big coaches aren't the same way."

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