Super Showcase: Wrapup Notes

<i>Inside Carolina</i>'s Jeff Goodman concludes his coverage from Orlando with some final notes.

* North Carolina assistant coach Fred Quartlebaum was active in Orlando, watching rising juniors JamesOn Curry, Daniel Gibson and D.J. White, in addition to senior Courtney Sims, the lanky BABC big man who continues to be evaluated by the Tar Heels. It's likely that Matt Doherty will get another look before UNC considers joining Maryland to offer Sims. Sims is reportedly likely to stay close to home – maybe Boston College or Providence – but probably not much further than College Park, Md.

* Eustis (Fla.) High big man Wesley Green, who is being pursued by Florida State and Wake Forest, scored 21 points against Ndudi Ebi and the Houston Hoops early in the Super Showcase. The UNC staff was not in attendance for the game, but the Tar Heels were scheduled to watch Green at the AAU Nationals.

* Ebi is favoring Duke, Texas and Arizona, but still hasn't officially ruled out North Carolina – although the Tar Heels are a long shot for the thin 6-9, 190-pound forward.

* JamesOn Curry was the slowest player among the NC Gaters backcourt rotation – but that's not a knock on Curry. The starting duo of 5-10 Anthony Atkinson (Greenfield Academy) and 5-9 Darryl Thompson (Leesville Road) was the quickest in the entire tournament and outplayed BABC's super-quick combo of Steve Hailey and Will Blalock.

* Loul Deng is arguably the top player in the Class of 2003 (not including LeBron James, of course) and may also be the classiest off the court as well. Deng had to cut his interview short with this reporter when his team left for the hotel, but searched the reporter out prior to a game later that night to continue to conversation. Deng also calls all the coaches who watch him not only to seek advice, but also to thank them for coming. Deng battled through tendinitis in his right knee the entire tournament.

* Team Florida's Jason Rich, one of the most athletic off-guards in the Class of 2004, lists North Carolina fifth – behind Cincinnati, Duke, Arizona and Florida. The 6-4 Rich, who will attend Dr. Phillips next season, admitted that the Tar Heels were his "dream school."

* Ra'Sean Dickey, the 6-8 S.C. rising junior, also plays pitcher and first base in baseball and used to be a quarterback and wide receiver, but gave up football.

* Mohammed Tangara, who did just about everything this past week while with the Georgia Elite, loves North Carolina and his AAU coach, Linzy Davis, has been trying to get the Tar Heels to start seriously recruiting the 6-10 rising junior. The Mali native, who attends Mt. Zion Academy, is being recruited by Memphis and Michigan. Tangara outworks just about everyone, is a dominant defensive player and Davis said that he's ahead of Shareef Abdur-Rahim, whom he coached, at this point in their careers.

More Notes: D.J. White looks just like Eddie Jones. … Daniel Gibson was nearly invisible down the stretch of games and missed a free throw that could have sealed a victory with two seconds left early in the Super Showcase. The Houston Hoops ended up winning the game, 79-74, anyway. … Andrew Lavender, the diminutive 5-7 (if that) point guard from All-Ohio Red, scored 46 points in a quarterfinal win – but was off-the-mark against the Houston Hoops in the semis, missing on six of his first seven shots. … One of the most impressive players was Kansas signee J.R. Giddens, a versatile and vocal swingman who played with Athletes First. … Reportedly both UConn and Texas have backed off their recruiting of Tack Minor, the shoot-first point guard from the Houston Hoops who is looking at LSU and Cincinnati.

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