Heels Offer Dennis

The Tar Heels are well along in the process of identifying their top junior targets and offering them scholarships. The most recent to claim an offer from North Carolina is Nolan Dennis, a standout at Richland Hills (Tex.) Richland.

"Roy Williams came out to the school and offered him a scholarship," Carol Dennis said. "So did John Calipari (Memphis), Kentucky, Kansas and Billy Donovan (Florida).

"North Carolina was one of the first to come out," she continued. "They came in October with Memphis."

To go with scholarship offers from UNC, Memphis, Kentucky, Kansas and Florida, Dennis also holds grants from Texas, Baylor, Texas A&M, UCLA and Indiana. Connecticut, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Duke are involved as well.

"Just about everyone that has been in here has offered," Richard Bacon, Richland High's basketball coach said. "I can't think of a school that has seen him and has not said that they wouldn't give this kid a scholarship today."

Obviously Dennis is a top target for a number of schools, so why is the 6-5 wing guard in such high demand? Well, Dennis, who is ranked the No. 6 shooting guard and No. 23 overall prospect in the 2009 class by Scout.com, is a prolific scorer that shoots the ball very well, but he's also capable of doing much more.

"To put it in the words of Roy Williams, ‘He just does so many things,'" Bacon said when asked about Dennis' game. "Roy was at the game on Friday down in Montgomery. He just rebounds, blocks shots, he just plays, he scores and he defends. He does just about everything you could ask a player to do."

The Tar Heels were the most recent school to visit Dennis and it was their second trip to see him this fall.

"If the kid wasn't good enough then [Coach Williams] wouldn't come and he's been here twice," Bacon said. "He's been to one practice in the early period when he could get out and then he came for the tournament on Friday."

Despite all of the early attention, it doesn't look like Dennis, who visited Indiana for their season-opening activities, will make a decision soon. According to his mother they are still open.

"We are wide open right now," Carol Dennis said. "We are going to cut it down to like 10 or 15 during the summer, it'll probably be 10. I really want to have his answer by the end of the summer."

"He's a really talented kid and has been out on the radar for quite a while, but at the same time he's still trying to narrow it down to who he's interested in the most," Bacon said. "The kid isn't overwhelmed with this recruiting stuff. He's just playing basketball."

As of December 4th, Dennis' averages were 24.7 points and 8.6 rebounds a game. His team has an 11-2 record.

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