Thompson Ready to Sign with Heels

Make no mistake about it, Deon Thompson is looking forward to Wednesday when he can finally make things official and sign a letter of intent to attend North Carolina. The six-foot-eight inch post player from Torrance (Calif.) High isn't looking to make a big production of the event, but he is anxious, excited and relieved at the same time.

"It feels good that I won't have to worry about it anymore," Thompson said. "Now I can focus on my high school season and leading my team and trying to get even better."

Rather than a ceremony at his school, Thompson is planning on sharing the moment with a group of family and friends.

"I think that all of my family is going to get together and we'll probably celebrate by going out to eat," said Thompson. "It's going to feel good. A lot of kids dream of going to school at North Carolina and now I get to."

With his senior season yet to unfold, Thompson is already looking forward to the move to the East Coast. He knows that he'll have the support of his family to fall back on -- and from the sounds of it he may have somebody coming along with him.

"My mother, she has some family kind of out towards the East Coast, so she's thinking about going out there with me," said Thompson. "The rest of my family is real supportive of me going away so I'm not worried."

With the ink soon to dry on his Letter of Intent, Thompson is looking forward to arriving in Chapel Hill and getting to know classmates Wayne Ellington, Tywon Lawson, William Graves, Brandan Wright and Alex Stepheson.

"I already know Alex and we've talked," said Thompson. "We play each other like twice this season and that's going to be fun. We have just been telling each other to bring it but haven't talked any major trash.

"The only other person I've seen is Brandan because he played out here against I think Mater Dei. He's good, real lengthy and runs. ... I think all of our games are different. I think I'll bring a presence inside."

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