No offer, but Heels like Nelson

There's no doubt that the North Carolina staff is intrigued with west coast sophomore sensation DeMarcus Nelson, but there hasn't been a scholarship offer extended just yet, despite Internet reports.

According to sources close to the Carolina program, the staff will be watching the 6-3, 190-pound Nelson carefully this summer, but they haven't seen enough of the Vallejo High guard to put an offer on the table at this time.

Nelson's father, Ron, said that Matt Doherty has seen his son play in Las Vegas and also at the Kingwood Classic in Houston in the past two months.

"He told DeMarcus' AAU coach that if he was a senior, they'd take him right now," Ron Nelson said. "They said when he's ready, there's a scholarship offer waiting for him. I'd take that as an offer."

While UNC does hold Nelson in high regard, that isn't quite the case.

Nelson, according to his father, has already fielded a handful of scholarship offers from high-major programs. Cal is thought to be one of them, while Arizona, Duke, USC and Kansas have also expressed interest.

"Those are the leaders right now, but it's still early – and we still have football," said Nelson, whose son is also a standout quarterback.

"I like Arizona, Cal, North Carolina and Duke," said DeMarcus, who appears to be favoring the Wildcats at this time. "Cal is the most active and they've been pushing real hard."

Nelson said that the most important factor in his decision will be going to a place where he can step right in and play quality minutes.

"Another thing that will be important is who they have returning and who they are recruiting," added Nelson, who has a 3.65 GPA. "Education is just as big."

It's likely that now that Chris Paul has committed to Wake Forest, Doherty will wait a year and try and land a point guard from a loaded crop in 2004 which includes such backcourt stars as JamesOn Curry, Nelson, Sebastian Telfair, Daniel Gibson and Jason Horton.

Nelson plays shooting guard in high school and averaged 27.5 points, 13.8 boards and five assists per game. However, he is the point guard most of the time during the summer, when he plays for a few different AAU teams – including EBO, H-Squad and Belmont Shore. Last year he played for the Oakland Slam ‘N Jam program.

NOTE: We'll have more on Nelson later this week, including thoughts and analysis from coaches on his game.

(Photo courtesy the Vallejo News)

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