Heels Climbing Arthur's List

North Carolina wasn't even on Darrell Arthur's list about a year ago. Now they may be on top.

Arthur, or "Slim Shady" as those close to the 6-foot-7 ½, 220-pound forward call him, couldn't have imagined a much better junior campaign.

Arthur earned MVP honors after putting up 22 points and 17 boards in South Oak Cliff's (Texas) rout against San Antonio Sam Houston in the Class 4A title game. It was South Oak Cliff's first title since 1992.

"That was our goal this whole year, to win the state title," Arthur said. "I could've played better at times this season. I had five points and four points in a couple of games and I know I have to do better at stepping up as a leader."

Arthur's coach on Team Texas and mentor, Jazzy Hartwell, said that the one attribute that stands out most about Arthur is level of effort.

"He never takes a play off," Hartwell said. "That's what I like about him most. He's a real humble kid – not big-headed at all. He's not into all that stuff even though he's highly recruited. It doesn't phase him."

Arthur is a big-time athlete who runs the court, blocks shots and has a versatile offensive game. He can go in the paint and get things done – and also step out and knock down the mid-range jumper.

"When he gets his ballhandling down, no one's going to be able to do anything with Darrell," Hartwell added. "That's what we're going to work on this summer."

Last summer, Arthur had a top three that included Texas, Kansas and Arizona. Now North Carolina, after Roy Williams has made the Texas big man a priority, is in good shape.

"Right now he likes North Carolina," said Hartwell, who also mentioned UConn as a school under consideration. "There are other schools up there, too, but he likes Carolina a lot."

"I like the way they run the floor," added Arthur about the Tar Heels.

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