Rumble: Taft to plan visit to Chapel Hill

BRONX, N.Y. -- Chris Taft may not have a leader, but it's clear that North Carolina is either near or at the top.

The Xaverian High (N.Y.) forward, who has been offered by just about everyone recruiting him except for North Carolina (whose offer is contingent on him raising his grades), plans to call the staff in the next week or so and schedule an official visit to Chapel Hill.

"It's really the only school that I'm going to schedule a visit to right now," said Taft, who also rattled off Villanova, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Arizona, Syracuse, Kentucky and Cincinnati as possibilities.

"But I really don't have a top five yet and I tell all the schools that when they ask me."

Taft plans on doing individual workouts for much of the summer, in addition to heading to ABCD camp, Las Vegas and possibly heading to Colorado Springs.

"I need to work on getting stronger," he added.

Taft said his decision will be based largely on how he feels at the particular school, how he fits in and the relationship he has with the coaches. He has also said in the past that playing time is crucial.

"North Carolina has a great tradition and a lot of NBA players went there," said Taft, who averaged 21 points and 12 boards per game this season. "Every school says they'll prepare you for the NBA, but I really believe North Carolina will do that."

Taft is good friends with Karron Clarke, a senior who played with Telfair at Lincoln this past season. Taft said he'd really like to follow Clarke, wherever he decides to go, if at all possible.

"We don't think it's necessarily going to happen, but Cincinnati is recruiting us both – and so is Miami," he said. "Even though I want to go with him, you never know what's going to happen."

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