"Florida and Arkansas are the leaders right now," said Aldridge, who is clearly one of the top 10 players in the Class of 2004. "North Carolina has already recruited some big guys, they're getting some more in and I want to make sure I get some playing time. I want to start right away."
"Things have definitely changed," added Aldridge. "I'm not so quick to make a decision. I'm trying to wait and see, but North Carolina is still on my list."
However, Aldridge figures he'll have a better chance of getting immediate – and extensive – playing time elsewhere.
Aldridge still has UNC third on his list, which also consists of N.C. State, Missouri and Seton Hall. However, his AAU coach for the Texas Blue Chips, Mitch Malone, has made it no secret that the NBA is an option as well.
"I don't think about it," said Aldridge. "But if it happens and I'm definitely a first-round pick, I'll go."
Aldridge made it quite clear as recently as six months ago that the Tar Heels were far and away the leaders for his services. However, that all changed sometime in July, shortly after he hit the AAU circuit – and shortly after taking a handful of unofficial visits to UNC, N.C. State, Florida and Duke.
Aldridge is far enough along in the process that he's confident he'll make a college decision by the end of this school year.
But Tar Heels fans probably won't be holding their breathe on this one as they would have if Aldridge had made a decision six months ago.
IC's Lamarcus Aldridge profile