Checking in with Reyshawn Terry

The most-talked about junior Tar Heel target of late has been Reyshawn Terry, with reports of a forthcoming visit and possible scholarship offer. So, <i>IC</i>'s Jeff Goodman went straight to the source and spoke to Terry on Tuesday evening.

While many observers already have Reyshawn Terry pegged for North Carolina, the 6-8, 205-pound Reynolds High junior says he's still open.

"It's not like that if Carolina offers, I'm definitely going there," said Terry, a lifelong Tar Heels fan who transferred from Kernersville Glenn (N.C.) midway through last season. "I'm still open and I have to weigh my options. I'm not going to commit just because they offer."

Terry and his coach at Reynolds, Howard West, both said that Wake Forest, Clemson and N.C. State are the other major players in the Terry sweepstakes. Don't completely rule out UConn, either, as Terry mentioned the Huskies as one of the schools he'd like to visit.

Terry played 14 games for West this past season after sitting out the first and coming off the bench in the next four. He ended up averaging 17 points per game, shooting 85 percent from the line and quickly becoming an integral part of the team's state title run.

"Right after we won the state title he came over to me and asked me what we were doing tomorrow," West said. "I told him to take a break. But that's how he is – he wants to work so hard and is like a sponge, soaking up everything."

"It's really refreshing to see someone with that much skill have the desire and the attitude that Reyshawn does," added West.

In addition to his relentless work ethic, Terry has tremendous versatility on the court. He played with his back to the basket while at Glenn because of necessity, but has made a smooth transition to the small forward spot – his natural position – at Reynolds.

He can knock down the perimeter shot with consistency and handles the ball extremely well for someone who has played the post for much of his high school career, but he'll need to improve developing a quicker first step and also being able to guard smaller players.

"It's nice to play my actual position and it will help prepare me better for college," Terry said.

Terry said he has yet to take any visits and hasn't set anything up quite yet with the UNC staff. "I'm really not in any rush," he added.

This weekend Terry will be playing with the Kappa Magic at the Boo Williams Invitational in Hampton, Va. He will go up against Georgia Elite Friday night at 10:30 p.m. and face Riverside Church Saturday at 11 a.m. and Team Florida later in the day – and Inside Carolina will be there to provide a full report.

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