Real Deal: UNC Prospect Notes

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- <i>Inside Carolina</i>'s Jeff Goodman is at the Real Deal on the Hill Tournament in Arkansas gathering the latest info on UNC's targets. In today's update ... What UNC target has just scheduled an official visit to Chapel Hill? And who says UNC is moving up his list? What players was Roy Williams watching on Saturday? And what forward says UNC is eager to take his commitment?

The Wayne Ellington rumor mill has begun, but the smooth 6-5 rising senior disputed that he's made a decision.

However, he basically admitted that he's down to North Carolina and Villanova. You can add UConn, Wake Forest and N.C. State to the mix – but according to sources close to the situation, they are all long shots at best.

"It's a big difference after what Villanova did last season," Ellington said. "They're a program on the rise with excellent guards."

"North Carolina has all kinds of history. They have a great staff and they play my style."

Ellington said he'll take a visit to North Carolina on May 20 and will head to Villanova on April 28.

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Mike Conley may not wow people like Tywon Lawson or even D.J. Augustin – or even Sherron Collins for that matter, but the bottom line is that he seems to make all the right decisions – and he just plain wins.

The man at the controls for the Spiece Indy Heat (sure it helps to have Greg Oden on your team) has his team in the championship bracket quarterfinals on Sunday morning.

While at one time he appeared to be a lock for Wake Forest, it's highly unlikely that he pulls the trigger next weekend while on a visit to meet with Skip Prosser & Co.

Now Ohio State has moved into a virtual dead heat with Wake Forest – and North Carolina occupies the third spot.

"With Daequan Cook committing, I like Ohio State a lot," Conley said. "That put them right there with Wake Forest. Those two schools are leading. Of course, I like North Carolina is a great school – everybody dreams of playing there."

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Notes: The one game we were able to see Thaddeus Young, the 6-7 ½ forward was dominant in an overtime victory against the Mid-State Ballerz. The guy is a rarity in that he never takes a play off. … Roy Williams took in the early game of Ellington's. He also watched Athletes First combo guard Obi Muonelo, whose brother attends UNC, in the morning. … Blessed IJN forward Richard Semrau continues to list UNC and said, "North Carolina said when I'm ready to commit, they'll take it." However, he was soft in two games on Saturday. The other schools he mentioned were Wake Forest, Illinois and Florida.


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