Wears Get UNC Offer; Schedule Visit

Juniors David and Travis Wear, 6-10 forwards, have received a scholarship offer from North Carolina and will be making the coast-to-coast trip to Chapel Hill for next month's "Late Night with Roy Williams." Inside Carolina's Eric Bossi talked with their father about the upcoming visit and the state of their recruitment.

Because of the amount of attention devoted to scouting and covering today's top high school athletes, life can get pretty hectic for a budding star. Between coaches dropping by for visits, media calling for the latest scoop and the regular demands of high school, it can be tough to find time for much else. Now, double that attention and you can get an idea of just how hectic things must be for Dave and Gloria Wear as they guide their 6-10 twins David and Travis through the recruiting process.

Now as juniors at high profile Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, the Wears have already experienced a great deal of exposure on the high school level. They've also been visible during the summer thanks to stints at Nike's Skills Academy and traveling with loaded Los Angeles based summer squad Pump ‘N Run, where they've shown off a high level of skill.

It isn't an accident that the twins have a similar skill set and are already so comfortable playing away from the basket.

"Their games are virtually identical and from the time I first started coaching them in the youth leagues I wanted to let them learn the game from the outside in," their father, Dave, told Inside Carolina. "We really worked a lot on shooting and passing and from the outside. Now that they have slowed down with their growing and are starting to fill out, we are focusing more on the inside and banging."

The effort put into developing their overall skills at an early age is easily identifiable. Both are fluid athletes who are comfortable shooting in space, putting the ball on the floor and adapting to any style of play. While David is a little more likely to take a power dribble to his right or left and do things in a quick and decisive manner, Travis probably puts the ball on the floor a bit more and looks to get all the way to the rim.

As a result, they form a very versatile duo that can play a variety of positions – thus enabling them to play together.

"It really doesn't matter," said their father. "I would say that offensively they can go three, four or five. As they get older and stronger they will be an even better fit for the four and five, but they can go at the three."

In order to avoid wasting any coaches' time, the Wears have already narrowed down their list to a group that includes West Coast powers Arizona, UCLA, Stanford and Washington. Rounding out the list of finalists who have offered scholarships is another school interested in making use of the duo's talents, North Carolina.

According to Mr. Wear, Roy Williams likes their versatility.

"They fit in a lot of different areas and they would flourish in that type of environment," the elder Wear said. "He likes them as players and as kids. Obviously, with Coach Williams and his history you have to take a look at that."

Having already visited the campuses of UCLA and Arizona, the Wears will travel with their mother to Chapel Hill during October in order to check out the Tar Heels program and North Carolina campus first hand.

"We went to Arizona two years ago and saw their initial informal workout and their first official workout," Wear said. "We'd been at North Carolina last year for their game [in Durham] against Oak Hill and I got a chance to see the gym and campus, but my wife did not.

"This [upcoming UNC visit] gives us an opportunity for them to see the school and campus with the Dean Dome filled up without having to travel during the season."

Visits will also be planned to Washington and Stanford in the future and the family will be watching each finalist play as much as possible during the season.

"I think we're looking at the schools that are very interested in us and trying to give everybody due diligence," said Mr. Wear. "They need to see the schools and they need to see what they are looking at from campus life and academic life, not just basketball."

This season will also be a new experience for the twins. In the past they've always played with other talented players and have been able to blend in and be glue guys capable of going for big numbers when needed. Now, it's their turn to be the guys that their team are looking to for offensive leadership.

"This year you'll start to see that come out," Wear said. "They are really going to have -- from a scoring standpoint -- a breakout year. I look at it from a complete player package and I'm not concerned that they aren't putting up big points yet. Being a team player is as important as being the guy. I also told them that the day would come where they have to be the guy, and that day is here."

For now, all options are being weighed equally and each school stands on even footing with their own plusses and minuses. Much like North Carolina, the Wears are attracted to Arizona and UCLA because of their winning tradition, Stanford has experienced success with twins in the past and Washington has a style of play conducive to their own.

A decision isn't expected to come until some time after their junior season of high school ball and many factors will be weighed heavily.

"I think it's an even mix," Wear said of the key factors in the decision. "Obviously academics are a huge consideration and how the schools work with their athletes to make sure they get their degrees and how they stay on track and support them. From an athletic standpoint, where do they fit in? Will they have the opportunity to play together or will they be competing for the same spot?"

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