Nike Camp: UNC Target Report

Inside Carolina's Eric Bossi reports from the Nike All-American Camp on a couple new prospects on the UNC radar and provides updates on other Tar Heel targets in attendance ...

INDIANAPOLIS -- Until just recently, George Goode wasn't even invited to the Nike Camp. Thanks to some inspired play at Nike's underclassmen camp in St. Louis two weeks ago, the 6-7 rising junior wing earned an invite to Nike's All-American Camp. Thursday night, the long and lanky product of Raytown (Mo.) South who has developed a good reputation in the Midwest took his act national.

Feeling it from downtown, Goode buried deep three after deep three, ran the court for dunks and basically did it all in a scoring outburst that saw him score 18 straight points at one point.

With schools like Kansas, Baylor (offer), UConn, Illinois, Cincinnati, Iowa and others already in the hunt, Goode also mentioned interest in North Carolina.

"North Carolina has sent me a few letters recently," Scout.com's 33rd ranked player in the class of 2007 told Inside Carolina. "Hopefully they'll be watching me down here."

If the Heels decide to pursue him further they will certainly be in the mix.

"I like everything about them really," said Goode. "I've always kind of liked them for some reason. It was probably because of guys like Rasheed Wallace, Vince Carter and Antawn Jamison."

Up next on the agenda for Goode is to get stronger and add a more consistent handle to go along with his shooting, length and athleticism. For now he's happy to have settled in at Nike and proved that he belongs as a player on the national circuit.

"It's been ok, my shot hasn't really been falling like usual," said Goode. "Everybody out here is really good but I don't feel like anybody is just way better than me so that I can't compete."

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Tywon Lawson - The 6-0 PG has been up to his usual tricks and is making perimeter shots at a nice clip. His teammates enjoy playing with him and he's doing a nice job of getting everybody involved. He and Chicagoan Sherron Collins have been the best two pure PG's in camp and hopefully they'll match up in either cross-league play or Saturday's All-Star games. Because of his quickness and size it is easy to compare Lawson to recent lotto pick Raymond Felton, but he's got some eerily similar mannerisms to Ed Cota as well.

William Graves - Because he hasn't been playing in many national events this spring and summer (in fact, this is his first big event of the '05 circuit), nobody knew what to expect from Graves. A big wing who checks in at 255 pounds, he actually carries the weight and moves pretty well. He sank a few pretty threes off of slick crossover dribbles and he does have a nice jumper when he takes good shots. However, he is also too content to hang around the three-point line waiting for chances to launch 22-footers and he hasn't done anything on the glass. The best sign is that he was much better last night than he was in the afternoon session and there is certainly plenty to work with.

Spencer Hawes - The big man just isn't getting many touches and you can't blame him for being frustrated about it. He has done a nice job of racing down the court for transition dunks and he's at his best when he blocks a shot or two. More than one camper referred to him as the most intense guy in attendance and you are always going to get 100% effort out of him.

Duke Crews - Sharing in frustration with Hawes is Crews. The good news is that he was measured at 6-7 in his bare feet, but the measurement could be suspect as Crews is just a hair taller than teammate Leonard Washington who measured in at 6-5. The fact of the matter is that you have to throw out an inch or two with Crews and like him for his passion and energy and that's certainly been there. Unfortunately, he's also struggled to finish anything from outside of five feet and he's even missed on a few of his signature dunks. Had a nice second half during the afternoon game and looked to be coming on before a relatively quiet outing in the evening. One thing is for sure, he doesn't sulk when things aren't going his way -- he plays harder.

Vernon Macklin - During interview sessions the Big Ticket mentioned that he's still interested in the Heels, and now that he's legitimately thinking college, the race could be on. After slumbering and disappointing for much of the camp, the 6-9 power forward sent a loud reminder to everybody in the building that he is still a monster talent. Controlling both ends of the court thanks to his energy and truly elite quickness, Macklin dunked, rebounded and shot blocked his way back into the hearts of those watching from courtside. He's still got to develop some actual post moves and learn to bring it consistently but you couldn't help but think of a young Chris Wilcox while watching him perform.

Raymar Morgan - A new name to the Tar Heel recruiting scene, Morgan is a long 6-7 wing who can also play some power forward. The Ohio native said that the Heels called him and mentioned that he was on their list of guys to watch this summer and that he would be very interested if they wanted to take things further. He's a legitimate top 50 guy who plays smart, hard and contributes in several different ways. He's actually quite similar to Stanley Robinson and while not quite the same level of athlete, Morgan has a little more game. It may be too late to get in with him seriously, but he listed Carolina along with Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan, Arizona, Pitt and UConn.

Jerryd Bayless - In one of the more unreal scoring exhibitions seen at Nike Camp in the last few years, the super explosive 6-2 combo guard proved that he is one bad man. If defenders are able to keep him in front of them, there isn't anybody equipped with the quickness off the floor to get a hand in his face on pull-up jumpers where he explodes off of the floor. He's one of those guys with a legitimate 40-inch vertical and he manages to use it to his advantage without relying on it. Once the shots started falling the rest of his game came together and he made some sensational passes in transition or off of slicing drives to the basket. His towering one-handed cram on Solomon Tat during the first night's action is still the talk of the camp, but the alley-oop that he finished with a reverse two handed slam from a standstill position might have been even more impressive.


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