Echefu's senior season stats at Montrose were 20.5 points (59% FG), 11 rebounds, and two blocks. He won MVP honors at the Capital Classic national all-star game, posting 18 points (8-11 FG) and 7 boards.
Echefu is ranked the No. 11 power forward by Scout.com in the senior class and No. 37 overall.
While several schools, including Florida State, were recruiting Echefu as far back as 2003, a North Carolina assistant coach first traveled to Montrose to see him in April 2004.
Echefu impressed in his one summer event in front of coaches -- the Nike All-American Camp that July -- but didn't receive strong interest from the Tar Heels until six months later.
On Jan. 8 of this year, Echefu's team played against the UNC JV squad and as the Carolina coaches looked on, he put up 34 points and 15 rebounds. Days later, a UNC coach traveled to see his next game.
The Tar Heels ended up extending a scholarship offer at the end of March and on the third week of April, Roy Williams made an in-person pitch.
"[Coach Williams] said that never in his career has he had to sit down and tell a kid how bad he needed him," Montrose coach David Adkins said after the in-school visit by the UNC head coach. "He said he needs him right now."
On April 30, Echefu took his official visit to North Carolina, having already made official trips to Florida State and Kentucky.
"I know that if I go there my game is going to keep improving no matter what because the coach is one of the best coaches," he said upon returning from Chapel Hill.
The following week, he visited Maryland, only to eliminate them and Kentucky to narrow his list to UNC and FSU shortly thereafter.