Are Heels pursuing Davis or Echefu?

North Carolina coach Roy Williams and his staff certainly didn't come up empty on big men from the Class of 2005, securing a commitment from 6-9 Poplar Bluff (Mo.) star Tyler Hansbrough months ago.

However, the Tar Heels watched as Richard Hendrix opted to remain in-state at Alabama and Andrew Bynum elected to remain closer to home and commit to UConn.

Now there are precious few frontcourt standouts who might be able to make an impact in the ACC and it appears as though UNC is passing on two of them.

Canadian forward Theo Davis is back on the market after de-committing from Texas a little more than a week ago.

However, Davis' former coach out of Canada, Ro Russell, said that the Tar Heels are not among the 50 or so calls he's fielded from college coaches in the past 10 days.

"It's been crazy because I've gotten so many calls," Russell said. "But neither Duke nor North Carolina have called."

"Theo loves everything about Texas, but he wants to make an impact right away in college and he's concerned that Lamarcus Aldridge might still be there when he gets there.

Montrose Christian assistant coach David Adkins, who once played for North Carolina assistant Steve Robinson, also told Inside Carolina that UNC hasn't inquired about Montrose's standout senior 6-8 Nigerian big man Uche Echefu.

Adkins said that Florida State, Michigan, Virginia Tech, Texas, Kentucky, Duke, Georgia and Virginia have expressed recent interest in Echefu.

"He just needs to learn how to play, because he's only been playing since 2000," Adkins said. "Once he gets it, watch out. He's in the gym all the time and has an unbelievable body."

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