Ginyard, O'Connell Level Bunn

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Given that North Carolina played Tuesday night at the same time as his own game, future Tar Heel Marcus Ginyard knew he'd have to do something special to garner any attention from the Carolina fanbase.

And while he didn't find himself overwhelmed by media or fans after his 29-point, eight-rebound effort in a 94-44 stampede over Bunn High, the 6-5 Arlington (Va.) Bishop O'Connell star had no need to apologize to the fans who opted to watch him rather than then Heels.

Ginyard's 29 points weren't the most noteworthy aspect of his night. He did tie his career high (set earlier this winter) but figures to shatter that mark by the end of the year. More significantly, he did that damage in less than 20 minutes of playing time.

Because of foul trouble in the first half and the hide-your-eyes nature of the blowout early in the third quarter, Ginyard's production was limited by the clock -- and not at all by anything Bunn threw at him.

Ginyard took 18 shots, including an errant three-pointer, a drive that was left short, a missed lay-up on the break and a brick of a runner in the lane. The misses get first mention, because his other 14 attempts found their way into the net. He shot 8-12 in the first half and was a perfect six-for-six in the second half before O'Connell coach Joe Wootten mercifully sent him to the bench for the rest of the game. Ginyard also added eight rebounds and three assists against zero turnovers.

It wasn't a brilliant jump shooting display that led to the high shooting percentage. On this night, virtually all of Ginyard's points came within inches of the basket. Actually, it's more accurate to say they came within inches above the basket. He threw down five dunks -- including one nasty, in-your-face slam from a standing position -- and several other layups in transition.

Ginyard's recognition of what was available to him became apparent early in the first quarter. After coming up short on that initial three attempt, he passed on long bombs the rest of the game, instead focusing on running the court and getting easy baskets.

He's well aware that running the court is more than a way to produce numbers in high school; it will be a major part of what he's required to do in Chapel Hill.

"I grew up playing in a fast-paced style, so I'm real comfortable with that, " Ginyard said. "I definitely know how it will be next year (at Carolina). I think I'll be able to walk right in to the way they play."

Perhaps most impressively to analysts who have watched Ginyard for several years, he has added significant aggressiveness to his offensive game without sacrificing his team-first mentality or conscientious defense. In addition to carrying the scoring load Tuesday, he shut down Bunn star Fred Little (who poured in 32 points on Monday) head to head on several occasions.

For a player who is so well-rounded and consistent, a new question has begun to emerge. To wit, depending partially on who wins Wednesday's 9 p.m. championship between O'Connell and in-state rival Woodside -- a team that features Ginyard's former Boo Williams teammates in guards Stefan Welsh and Calvin Baker -- Ginyard is likely to walk away from the Glaxo Invitational with a championship and individual MVP trophy.

So, then, is consideration for the McDonald's All-American game a possibility?

That would appear to be the case, despite Ginyard's relatively average play at some key summer events. As usual, Ginyard himself takes a cautious, diplomatic approach.

"If McDonald's happens, it happens," Ginyard said. "But it would just be a bonus. I'm not going to change anything because of it."

Based on his play in Raleigh this week, that should delight the Tar Heel faithful -- regardless of which game they watched Tuesday night.


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