Padgett -- 'I'm excited. I can't wait'

<i>Inside Carolina</i> caught up with David Padgett Wednesday night at his Reno, Nev. home, and needless to say -- the 7-0 center is pretty pumped about his official visit to Chapel Hill this weekend.

"I'm excited -- I can't wait," Padgett said, in his signature deep voice.

Padgett boards a plane in Reno tomorrow where he'll make a quick stop in Wichita before ending up at Raleigh-Durham airport tomorrow evening. This will be the rising senior's first ever trip to North Carolina and he's definitely anxious to see what all the fuss is about.

"That's all I've been hearing," he said with an optimistic tone. "I hear how beautiful it is over there and I just can't wait to see it. I'm so ready to get there."

Padgett says that he doesn't know what the plans are for his visit just yet, but he is already aware of who his weekend host will be.

"Sean May is going to be my host," he said. "I think he's going to be showing me around."

Despite being down to four schools, Padgett informed us that he doesn't plan to make any more list reductions before his final decision, which he estimates will be in early October. And despite the fact that he and his parents have already taken visits to Kansas, Arizona and Stanford -- he says that the other three schools hold no early advantage.

We also learned that Pete Padgett, David's father and coach, is an avid internet reader. And while David doesn't surf the web quite as much as his 6-foot-8 father -- he does hear what is going on and what is being said.

"He relays a lot of that stuff to me, but it's usually just the important stuff," said the Nevada prep star.

As for his expectations of Chapel Hill ...

"Well, I'm just really eager to see it and get there. I can't wait. The coaches (Wojcik and Doherty) have been telling me that I'm going to see a lot of people that will know my name. In one way, it's very flattering -- but it's also kind of weird," he said.


"Well, I'm from such a small basketball area and to have so many people talking about me and being excited about me visiting is just weird, but like I said, it's also flattering."

Welcome to Chapel Hill, David, where the folks live for this sport we call basketball.

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