Bayless Focusing in on Two

North Carolina's search for guards in the junior class probably won't lead them to Jerryd Bayless.

The high-scoring St. Mary's (Ariz.) 6-foot-3, 185-pound junior point guard has no difficulty admitting that Arizona and Texas are his co-leaders and that the Tar Heels haven't done much work with him.

"They send me stuff and call me every once in a while, but they aren't really recruiting me much," Bayless said.

Bayless raved about his September visit to Austin, Texas, and also continues to praise Arizona – where he went recently to watch the Wildcats first practice.

Bayless admits he's getting close to making a decision, but for now he's more focused on trying to win a state title.

"I want to get it done pretty soon," Bayless said. "You know when you know – and I'm almost there."

"All I need is a state championship," he added. "And I want to do a better job getting everyone involved. Everyone knows I can score."

Bayless admits that academics are important in choosing a school, but he's also candid enough to admit what comes first.

"People say academics come first, but the next step I'm trying to take with my life is to play basketball," Bayless said. "After that, it's academics."

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