Heels Target Monroe

It's no shock that Greg Monroe has heard from all the big names since the summer AAU circuit concluded. The best big man, and arguably the best player, in the class of 2008 proved his worth to scouts and college coaches throughout the summer.

His great play started at the Nike Memorial Day Classic, where he dominated the competition. Monroe showed off great post moves and ran the floor well as he led his team to a decent finish.

While his play at the Nike MDC was impressive, he took his game to the next level at the Nike All-American Camp.

"It was my second year there so I was kind of familiar with everything that was going on," Monroe said. "But I think [Nike Camp] boosted the end of my summer. I think that it was the beginning of a great end to the summer for me."

After Nike Camp, Monroe finished the summer strong with solid performances at Peach Jam and in Vegas. Monroe's play and recent improvements have many touting him as the best player of the 2008 class.

"I try not to get caught up in the rankings but to be mentioned is great. It's good that I did enough to be mentioned, I just got to keep working hard."

Since the open period ended, Monroe's phone has been ringing non stop. He said he's hearing the most from Louisville, Kentucky, Duke, LSU, Mississippi State, Baylor, Texas, Missouri and North Carolina.

"It's just the beginning," he said about his recruitment. "A lot of people are calling me and are telling me they are interested. I'm just getting started out, I have no clue where I'm going right now and I haven't narrowed it down yet."

It's not surprise to see that North Carolina is recruiting the 6-10, 225-pound post player from Harvey (La.) Cox. However, Monroe said that UNC's interest is relatively new.

"They are kind of one of the newer schools that have called me," Monroe said. "They just said they were interested and they were telling me that they were watching me this summer and they told me different things about their program."

While the Tar Heels have yet to offer Monroe, LSU and Baylor have already come forth with scholarship offers. H also said that many schools have discussed the possibility of making an unofficial visit, but none have been scheduled.

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