TOC: Three To Watch

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Three elite prospects from the Class of 2007 listed North Carolina in postgame interviews on Saturday. While none have yet to reach the stage of serious mutual interest, they are nonetheless names to watch ...

* Alex Legion

Budding 2007 star Alex Legion has been impressive while playing with the Michigan Hurricanes at the Tournament of Champions this weekend. The 6-4, 195 lb. WG/WF Southfield (Mich.) Detroit Country Day product has shown big time scoring skills, combining bouncy athleticism and a silky jump shot with strong results.

After dispatching fellow 2007 prospect Eric Wallace's D-One Sports squad, Legion listed Michigan, Michigan State, UCLA, Kansas, Duke, and North Carolina as his early contenders. He noted that he hasn't received much attention from the UNC coaching staff beyond a number of letters, but there's time for that to change.

"I'm going to wait until my senior year – until the deadline - to decide," Legion said. "I like the academics and the good [basketball] program they have [at UNC]."

Legion isn't an everyday talent on the court, but he's less than ordinary off it, too. "In my spare time, I like to study, because I go to a hard academic school," he said.

* Darquavis Tucker

The Michigan Hurricanes have produced a long line of big-time athletes at the shooting guard spot, and Tucker is the latest. The 6-3, 2007 wing is a super athlete that spent much of the weekend flying high for spectacular plays and locking down opponents on D.

"I'm a little bit like Mo Ager," Tucker said of the former Hurricane, "and that's who I model my game after."

Tucker listed Michigan State, North Carolina, Michigan Syracuse, UConn and Duke.

"They all write me letters saying they're really interested," he said. "Syracause has already offered me. UNC hasn't been to see me but they send a lot of letters."

* Corey Stokes

Stokes may play on a loaded Playaz team, but he still manages to get his points.

Whether stroking it from three-point range or taking his man off the dribble and attacking the hoop, Stokes is a versatile offensive weapon. And judging from his performances thus far this spring and now at the TOC, he's going to be an elite prospect in 2007.

"A lot of writers and coaches have been giving me a lot of attention now," Stokes said, commenting on the result of his stellar play of late. "I knew I was this good but it just took time for people to realize it. I'm still working on my game."

His top two schools?

"UConn, North Carolina are my top two," he said.

But one has shown heavy interest already, while the other has not.

"UConn, I've got a lot of interest from, but North Carolina, I haven't gotten a lot of interest from them," he said.

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