Heels offered Terry just in time

Everything can change so quickly in the world of recruiting. Just take a look at Reyshawn Terry.

North Carolina was enamored with the senior forward towards the end of last season, but the staff had apparently decided they didn't want to pursue anyone at his position for the Class of 2003. However, that changed quickly after an impressive showing at the AAU Nationals Orlando last week.

"There was no news from them (UNC) for a long time," said Winston-Salem (N.C.) Reynolds High coach Howard West. "They were absent for about six weeks."

"That was his dream, though, to go to Carolina," added West. "That's the bottom line. As long as Reyshawn is happy, we're happy for him."

West said that he was told by Matt Doherty and the staff that the Tar Heels would be monitoring the 6-7, 205-pound Terry's academic progress, but it appeared as though there would be no scholarship offer forthcoming.

In fact, West said he and Terry were going to sit down and talk about his recruitment this week – and that he wouldn't have been surprised if Terry made a decision to attend N.C. State in the next week or two had UNC not gotten back involved when they did.

"Matt called me the other night and I told him how well Reyshawn was doing academically and I think that alleviated a lot of Matt's fears," West added.

"I can't really say with 100 percent certainty that if Matt doesn't offer when he does, that Reyshawn would still be available. Timing is everything. I'd say he was pretty close to deciding and the window was pretty tight."

Apparently, Doherty called Terry immediately after the conversation and the Tar Heels received their first commitment from the Class of 2003 minutes later.

Terry transferred to Reynolds last season and West altered his role almost immediately, going from the inside to a player who was able to showcase his perimeter game. It'll be more of the same during Terry's senior season.

"I think, with his size, he's the best all-around player in the state," West said. "He can handle the ball, pass, shoot the three, drive, finish above the rim. He can rebound defensively and definitely can rebound on the offensive end.

"He's only been playing on the perimeter since January," added West, who plans to play Terry at small forward, off-guard and even some at point guard this year. "He's still got a lot of blank pages to be filled in."

"The other thing is he can defend – he can play people 5-8 all the way to 6-8 or 6-9," West said. "He alters shots, blocks shots. He has a game that is potentially very, very good."


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