2009 Intro: Milton Jennings

While Roy Williams and his staff continue to recruit players from the class of 2008, they've been paying plenty of attention to the class of 2009 and beyond. In fact, Milton Jennings has been on the Tar Heel radar for a little while now.

A 6-9 forward at Summerville (S.C.) Pinewood Prep, Jennings is an intriguing talent.

"They've actually been really interested in him for about nine or 10 months," said Jennings mentor and summer coach Rufus McDonald. "Milton is really a unique talent."

Unique indeed. Blessed with the kind of height, long arms and graceful stride that you love to see out of a young big man, Jennings is quite skilled as well. A smooth performer with a pretty looking shot, Jennings is a dangerous three point shooter with size and a good feel for the game.

"He probably scores 50 percent of his points from behind the three-point line," McDonald told Inside Carolina. "He's not like a typical European guy shooting from behind there, he's like an athletic American guy doing that. He goes inside and scores above the rim, blocks shots and rebounds too."

The quality of programs showing early interest in Jennings is pretty impressive given his young age. Along with North Carolina, the likes of UCLA, Clemson, South Carolina, Kansas, Connecticut, Georgetown, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Virginia Tech and several others have shown interest.

Not surprisingly, it's the high skill level that's earning him looks and the Tar Heels sit in an excellent position, even if it is still early.

"He has a very good left hand, he shoots the three pointer well and he's very skilled. Coach Howland at UCLA said that he's highly skilled," said McDonald. "There's a ton of people talking to him. North Carolina is a favorite of his. He hasn't narrowed it down yet but they are in his top three right now."

McDonald first met an 11-year-old Jennings when Jennings would play against McDonald's children. After a while he began working with Jennings and he's astounded at the rapid improvement.

"He'll tell you this himself, the first time I taught him a post move he fell down to the ground on his face," laughs McDonald. "He was like so many kids his age, he liked to shoot but didn't know many fundamentals."

With his fundamentals coming along nicely, Jennings will likely make an unofficial visit to Chapel Hill at some point this fall -- and it will be his second visit.

"We'll certainly go up there again this fall,' said McDonald. "When they had us up there last year the thing that I thought was unique, and I pointed this out to Milton, was this: they only had one ESPN GameDay last year, and it was against Georgia Tech. Milton was the only recruit they had up there for that day and I thought that was pretty special. It's something Joe Holladay mentioned as well and that really let Milton know that they wanted to address him."

For now, Jennings is preparing for his junior year of high school and doing everything he can to keep improving.

"He's excited about getting better and he's got a work ethic where I think he'll do some special things," said McDonald. "He's looking forward to showing everybody what he can do."

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