Stanback Hopes to Hear From Heels

HOUSTON - North Carolina wasn't in the gym and it's not clear what level of interest the Tar Heels have in Chace Stanback, but if they are looking for a long shooter who, at first glance looks like Reggie Miller coming off screens, then Stanback could be on the radar.

The 6-foot-7, 180-pound Fairfax High (Calif.) junior swingman finished with 16 points in a 55-54 come-from-behind victory against LeFlore High (Ala.) at the Academy National Invitational earlier this afternoon.

He's long, can really shoot it from the perimeter and also passes it well. He reminds some of former Fairfax and Arizona standout Chris Mills. He's also trying to shake a similar label of "soft" that Mills had while in Tucson.

Stanback and his teammates came out lethargic and trailed by more than 20 points in the first half, but he got going after the break and finished the game 6-of-14 from the field and 4-of-9 from long distance.

While Stanback mentions UCLA, Oregon and Arizona as those who have expressed the most interest, he said that he'd welcome the increased interest from the Tar Heels.

Stanback's father, Harry, played football at North Carolina and both of his parents grew up in the area.

"I try to go back to North Carolina every summer," Stanback said. "I like North Carolina, but I'm still undecided about where I want to go and I don't really know yet."

Part of the reason is that it's unclear as to the level of interest that the aforementioned programs – such as UCLA and Arizona – have in Stanback. Ditto for North Carolina.

Stanback said that his father has spoken to the North Carolina staff, but no one from the Tar Heels has ever spoken directly to Chace.

"It'd be nice to go to North Carolina because I'd be around family, but I just don't know," Stanback added.

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