Whatever happened to Erazem Lorbek?

Four months ago, the Tar Heel staff was still looking to add a power forward to their 2002 recruiting class. One of the candidates that was seriously considered was Erazem Lorbek, an intriguing Slovenian post player. We promised a photo report back then, so after a few months of international delays, here it is ...

A UNC coach had traveled to Ljubljana on at least one occassion, and with a scholarship offer on the table, Lorbek had planned on visiting U.S. schools such as UNC and UCLA in February or March. However, he fell short on his first SAT attempt, and although he was scheduled to take the test again, the Tar Heels opted for someone else -- a player who, while not nearly as refined offensively, was more athletic, a better defender and was already qualified. Byron Sanders, the 6-9, 215-pound power forward from Mississippi, committed to Carolina on Jan. 13.

Lorbek was in Barcelona, Spain for the Hospitalet International Junior Tournament from Jan. 3-7 -- and Inside Carolina's John Ervin was there.

The 6-10, 240-pound, 17-year-old averaged 24.7 points and 12 boards during the tourney, earning MVP honors, and led Union Olimpija to the tournament title. It was the first time in the tournament's history that a foreign team has won.

Better late than never, so here's a photo gallery of Lorbek in action ...

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