UNC Staff Watching Steele

North Carolina already has a scholarship offer on the table for Larry Drew. However, the Tar Heel staff is also evaluating other 2008 point guard prospects, including Andrew Steele.

Steele, whose brother Ronald is a rising senior at Alabama, is coming off a strong April where he played in front of dozens of college coaches. Traveling with the Alabama Challenge, the 6-foot-3 junior from Birmingham (Ala.) John Carroll impressed some big programs because of his versatility.

"I guess [coaches] like my toughness and smarts and the fact that I can finish," Steele said. "I think most of them like that I can play the one and the two. I think that kind of helps out because I can play more than one position, as opposed to just one position."

Steele's ability to play multiple guard positions has been an asset for him. During the evaluation period, he showed he's capable of performing at a high level playing either spot.

"It doesn't matter [which position I play]," Steele said. "It kind of depends on what my team needs me to do. At Boo Williams I kind of had to take on more of a scorer role. In Dallas I had to play the point guard because our point guard fouled out and I had to run the offense."

Mix Steele's talent with the fact that the 2008 class is short of quality point guards and its not surprising that Steele has become a major target for high-major programs. His recruitment has far exceeded his expectations.

"It's been kind of crazy ever since Peach Jam of last year," he said. "After the high school season and Boo Williams it's kind of peaked up on to a level that I never really expected."

Right now Steele said the schools showing the most interest are North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Missouri, Kansas and Georgia Tech. Recently the Tar Heels have increased their recruitment of Steele, watching him at the Kingwood Classic and Next Level tournaments in April and also stopping by his high school.

"In Houston, I think Roy Williams was at a few of our games," Steele said. "After Boo Williams one of their assistant coaches came to our school and watched us have a little workout. I think they are pretty serious now.

"That's what my high school coach is telling me. He thinks they are pretty serious and he stays in close contact with them a lot. They've also been calling my AAU coach. Both of my coaches are saying they are pretty interested so I take their word for it."

The only visit that Steele has set up is one to his brother's school, Alabama. Regardless of his connections to the Crimson Tide, Steele shied away from naming any one his leader.

"I don't think I can necessarily name anybody over anybody right now," he said. "I've got to get things straight in my head and take some visits and see what all schools are interested.

"The ones I'm the most interested in, I want to know enough about them so whenever I'm ready I can make a decision and be comfortable with it. Right now I'm just trying to narrowing down my list."

Steele, who is ranked the No. 8 point guard in his class by Scout.com, did say that the Crimson Tide have a few benefits that some of the other schools involved in his recruitment can't match.

"In a way it does [affect my decision] because following [Ronald] I've gotten so used to the campus and the people around it," Steele said. "I talked to the coaches a lot and I think they have an added advantage because they can get a lot of unofficial stuff in."

Prior to making his final decision, Steele is looking to take a few unofficial visits to help him get a better feel for the teams recruiting him.

Steele's itinerary for the remainder of the spring and summer is a busy one, although he surprisingly hasn't been invited to a shoe affiliated camp. He will, however, participate in the NBPA Camp, the Memorial Day Classic and the Peach Jam.

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