Heels Interested In Echefu

Last year North Carolina assistant Steve Robinson made the trip north to get a glimpse of Uche Echefu and left disappointed.

However, the 6-8 ½, 225-pound Montrose Christian (Md.) senior forward has improved since. In fact, Echefu scored 34 points and had 15 boards in a Jan. 8 game against the UNC JV squad in Chapel Hill.

That prompted another look by the Tar Heels. Robinson took another glimpse in a game against St. Francis a few days later. Echefu looked better, but he got into foul trouble and finished with 16 points in the win.

"They came up and liked him this time," said Montrose assistant David Adkins, a former player of Robinson's. "They thought he was more of a power forward."

Echefu, who hails from Nigeria and is ranked No. 34 in the senior class by Scout.com, has gone about the recruiting process differently than most kids.

"He's kind of closed down the recruiting process," Adkins said. "He follows Coach (Stu) Vetter's lead and just lets his game do the talking. He's working really hard, has a 3.7 GPA and took the SAT in January. He's just focused on leading our team and playing at the highest level."

Echefu, who is averaging about 20 points and 11 boards per game, had a top five that consisted of Michigan, Florida State, Kentucky, Virginia Tech and Duke. Numerous other high-major schools, according to Adkins, have attempted to make inroads – but Echefu is fairly content with the relationships he's made with those five schools.

However, that isn't to say that the Tar Heels don't have any shot.

"I think they'll (UNC) hang around and see if they can get involved," Adkins said. "They want to show a presence and let him know they're interested. It's up to Uche. People think that's it's up to Coach Vetter, but it's really going to be Uche's decision. Coach Vetter will help, but it's really up to Uche."

"He's going to sit down and look at where he can get the best education and also find a place that he feels comfortable and has an opportunity to play," Adkins added.

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