Dennis a Top Tar Heel Target

The Tar Heels already hold four verbal commitments for their 2009 class. They have a trio of elite big men on board, as well as one of the best combo guards in the country. Now the focus is on landing a top flight shooting guard.

Nolan Dennis, of Richland Hills (Tex.) Richland, is among Carolina's top wing targets. And the No. 23 overall prospect in the class of 2009 is having a terrific junior year.

"I've played up to expectations, but I think I could do better," Dennis said. "Basically I'm really focused on doing whatever it takes to make my team win. That's really my main focus this year."

Winning is something Richland Hills has done a lot of, as they sit in second place in the district with a 23-6 overall record. Of the 23 wins, UNC has been present for at least two of them, plus some practices.

"They are coming really strong," Dennis said of the Tar Heel staff. "Roy Williams went all the way down to Houston for a tournament and then he's seen me practice a lot and so has Coach Robinson. They talk to me it seems like every other day, so [their interest] has been pretty strong."

The Heels have clearly made Dennis a priority and he admitted that he's one of two prospects that Carolina is pursuing at the shooting guard spot.

"Coach Williams told me that they only see me and basically Leslie McDonald play," Dennis said. "He just said ‘That's mainly who we are looking at,' but he hasn't told me I'm the No. 1 guy that they are going after. I understand that they are looking at other people just in case I don't commit, but they really are recruiting me really strong."

The Tar Heels aren't the only one showing Dennis a lot of love. Memphis, Indiana, Texas, UCLA and Texas A&M are also firmly in the mix. He's already taken trips to Indiana, Texas and Texas A&M and he hopes to see a few more campuses soon.

"During the summertime after high school games are all over I'm basically going to be visiting a lot more schools and getting to see some campuses," said Dennis, ranked the No. 6 shooting guard in the class by Scout.com.

Dennis claims scholarship offers from all six of the schools involved.

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