Next Level: UNC Prospect Notes

DALLAS -- Inside Carolina's Jeff Goodman was at the Next Level Ballers Tournament in Texas this past weekend gathering the latest info on UNC's targets. In today's update ... Who was Roy Williams watching and which target will get a visit from the UNC head coach on Wednesday? Could two prospects that UNC has offered become a package deal? And, who is in the top three for Brandan Wright?

Darrell Arthur is one of those guys you worry about heading straight to the NBA if an age limit rule isn't put in place.

Bryan Davis is one of those guys that's a likely four-year player who can bring stability to your program.

If you're Roy Williams, who do you take?

That's an easy one: Both.

Williams was one of the few big-name head coaches to make an appearance at the Next Level Ballers Tournament in Dallas this past weekend. His primary focus was the Team Texas duo.

Arthur is ultra-athletic, can play on the wing or in the post and has tremendous upside. Davis is rapidly improving on the offensive end, but will always be known more for his all-out effort on the defensive end, attempting to block nearly every shot and go after every rebound.

The big matchup for the pair came on Sunday morning against another North Carolina target, Brandan Wright.

Arthur started off slow, getting into early foul trouble before coming on late in the game with a series of tip-ins and dunks.

Davis showed more consistency, working in the paint and doing much of his damage from in close.

Davis finished with 21 points and 8 rebounds in the loss while Arthur had 19 points and 10 boards – including six on the offensive end.

Davis said there is a good chance that the pair will remain together in college, especially since they have similar school lists. Both have North Carolina, Kansas and Texas while Davis is also looking at UConn and Texas A&M while Arthur is also considering Oklahoma.

"The biggest thing for me is who really wants me," Davis said.

Davis' uncle/high school coach, Barry Davis, went to Texas A&M. Aggies coach Billy Gillespie and Texas coach Rick Barnes were already in to meet with Davis at his school while Roy Williams is scheduled to meet with him on Wednesday.

"Them winning doesn't change anything for me," Davis said. "I thought they'd win it at the beginning of the year. I'm looking for an opportunity to come in and play right away. I know they lost a lot of guys, but they're still North Carolina and they're going to get great players. They're North Carolina."

"A lot of people around here think I'm definitely going to Texas A&M, but I just laugh that off. There's really no pressure on me. I'm going to make the best decision for me."

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A trio of schools are in the forefront in the Brandan Wright sweepstakes.

He has a top three of Kentucky, Duke and North Carolina, while with schools such as Kansas, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and most recently, Tennessee, trying to get involved.

Wright and his Murfreesboro Stars teammates made an impressive run to the semifinals of the Next Level Ballers Tournament this past weekend in Dallas before losing to the Metro Hawks.

Wright more than held his own in a quarterfinal matchup against Arthur and Davis. Despite not making outside shots, he went in and did some work in the paint – and also made the game-winner, a short putback – as time expired.


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