BBall Recruiting: Butler and Outlaw Updates

It appears as though North Carolina's target list for the Class of 2003 seems to be getting shorter and shorter.

The latest player who doesn't appear to be in the Tar Heels future is McComb (Miss.) big man Jackie Butler.

The 6-10, 240-pound center, whose team was knocked out of the playoffs last night after a 73-48 pounding at the hands of Lanier in the Class 4A state semifinals, is leaning towards choosing from LSU, Florida, Louisville, Mississippi, Alabama and Auburn.

This comes from Mark Komara, who runs the Southeast Raptors, Butler's AAU club.

Another Mississippi product, Starkville's Travis Outlaw, said he had no interest in North Carolina last week.

Outlaw is a rail-thin, 6-9, 205-pound junior forward who averaged 25 points, 10 boards and nine blocks per game this season.

He said that Mississippi State has a slight lead over Memphis, LSU and Alabama.

"I'm not really interested in North Carolina," Outlaw said. "Plus, they aren't really doing that well."

Both Butler and Outlaw are considered top 10 players in the junior class. Butler, who turns 17 this weekend, is coming off a 24-point, 20-rebound performance against Yazoo City in the quarterfinals and a 15-point, 13-rebound effort in the loss to Lanier.

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