Thompson Looking Ahead To UNC Trip

To say that North Carolina recruit Deon Thompson has been busy lately just might be an understatement. In the past few weeks, the 6-8 PF/C from Torrance (Calif.) High has taken official visits to Gonzaga and UConn and has tripped to Kentucky unofficially. On top of that he's already hosted UCLA, Wake Forest, Kentucky and Arizona State for in home visits.

Another recent visitor to the Thompson house was North Carolina head coach Roy Williams, and the Tar Heel head man left a strong impression.

"It went really well, Coach Williams was really cool and my mom and I both really liked him," said Thompson of the in-home visit last week. "It's just the way he is, it seems like he's a real genuine person and he's easy to talk to."

As most Carolina fans know, Thompson wasn't on the radar of many elite programs as recently as six months ago. However, the big man, who just celebrated his 17th birthday, put in some serious work on his game and his body and emerged as one of the most pleasant surprises of the summer and attracted a litany of high major offers.

According to Thompson, the Carolina presentation wasn't flashy but it was effective.

"We just talked about my situation and theirs and the opportunities to come in and play," said Thompson. "When you look at their roster, they've got Hansbrough who is really good, but he's going to need some help."

Like any other kid, Thompson's ultimate goal is reaching the NBA, but Williams' living room approach may surprise some in that he spent little time talking about players he's coached that have ended up in the Association.

"We talked about his track record some, but he didn't even need to speak on it because I already know all about it," Thompson said. "His assistant coach did a good job of putting together a packet that showed that kind of stuff, but it wasn't even necessary."

Now that he's hosted North Carolina at his home, Thompson will get a chance to officially visit Chapel Hill and see what it has to offer on a Sept. 30 trip to Chapel Hill. He's hoping to cut his list from the seven schools currently involved down to three or four soon and will visit Kentucky officially after UNC.

A soft spoken kid, he isn't looking for glitz and glamour just a place to feel comfortable.

"Just getting a feel for the players and how I fit in on campus is important," said Thompson. "I really don't have anything in particular that I'm looking for. I just don't want to feel out of place or uncomfortable."

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