Heels Keeping Tabs on Witherspoon

Ever since securing a commitment from point guard Larry Drew, Roy Williams and his staff have been working hard to find some guys to join him. While most of their searches appear to be focused on landing a scoring big man, the Tar Heel staff has also taken a look at some wings.

One wing the coaches are watching is Wesley Witherspoon, a versatile 6-7 rising senior (2008) prospect from Lilburn (Ga.) Berkmar. According to Witherspoon, North Carolina is on his final list of seven schools that also includes Clemson, Kansas State, Texas, George Washington, Fresno State, and Wake Forest.

"They (UNC) are kind of a new one," Witherspoon said. "They started to recruit me in April after they saw me at the LeBron tournament in Ohio."

A long and slender wing, Witherspoon is a very capable ball handler. In fact, he handles the ball well enough that he often serves as a point forward for his Georgia Stars summer team. In addition to his ball handling ability, Witherspoon has range on his jumper that extends to beyond the three-point line and he shows promise as a college defender.

From the sounds of it, Witherspoon and the Heels are still in the process of getting to know each other and UNC would like to take another look at him during July.

"They haven't offered me a scholarship," said Witherspoon. "They've just said that they want to watch me again at the Peach Jam and the Super Showcase."

In addition to attending those two events with the Georgia Stars, Witherspoon's talents will also be on display at Nike's LeBron James Skills Academy which kicks off next Friday. He's hoping to have a strong summer and said that North Carolina is in his top three along with Kansas State and George Washington.

As for making a decision, Witherspoon is in no hurry. In fact, he said that he'll likely wait until April to sign.

"I don't even know what I'm going to do yet," said Witherspoon. "I'm really trying not to think about it so I can focus on school."

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