BW: Darrell Arthur Spotlight

HAMPTON, Va. -- Darrell Arthur, a 6-9 2006 Tar Heel target from Texas, showed flashes of why he is in high demand, in accumulating 14 points (5-7 FG, 4-4 FT), three rebounds, one block and one assist, in Boo Williams round robin action Saturday morning, but he is a long way from making a decision.

In fact, he is so far from reaching a decision that he doesn't even have a list.

"I'm wide open right now…" Arthur said. "Scouts are coming into school in the open period right now. I'm just going based on which schools talk to me the most."

But he will have a list by August, at which time he will be able to schedule official visits since he is fully qualified for college with a 980 SAT and 3.0 GPA.

Even though Arthur had a decidedly large advantage in his match-up he scored "only" 14 points, both in the post and on a couple of jump shots, since he is on a talented team with lots of scoring options. He didn't give a dominating performance, but his versatility shone through.

"We've got players who can score," Arthur said. "Everybody can score on our team. My role is just to play defense and get a lot of rebounds and things like that."

"He can play any role he wants to play," Team Texas head coach Jazz Hartwell said. "He doesn't take a play off; he works hard on the court. He just needs to improve his ball handling and he'll be just fine.

"He can do everything: score, rebound, play defense, be a leader on the team and keep everybody together."

North Carolina basketball is no stranger to Arthur since he's been receiving interest from the Tar Heels since his seventh-grade year, and Roy Williams is no stranger since he was recruiting Arthur at Kansas.

"I went up [to Kansas] for March Madness when he was up there, when they lost to Maryland [in the Final Four]," Arthur said.

As for what Arthur is looking for in a college destination, it has to do with more than just basketball. "[I want] good academics, a good [basketball] program, and a team that is like a family team," he said.

He's looking for early playing time but realizes that it may take an adjustment his first year and he's willing to bide his time until he improves.

One factor working against Carolina in the Arthur sweepstakes is distance: "I would feel comfortable with [going away], but I would like to stay home. It would be good to stay home."

On top of that, he already is good friends with Lamarcus Aldridge, Daniel Gibson, and C.J. Miles (05) at Texas.

"They are trying to get me up there right now," he said.

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