NBPA: Meet the Wears, Part III

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. --- In almost exactly a year from now, David and Travis Wear will head to Chapel Hill as part of the nation's top-rated incoming freshman class.

"It hasn't really hit me yet," Travis said.

"I'm excited," added David. "It's a lot of hype to live up to, but I think we can do it."

The Tar Heels' 2009 recruiting haul consists thus far of the Wears, John Henson, Dexter Strickland and Leslie McDonald. That's potentially as many as five McDonald's All-Americans.

"I know there are a ton of good kids coming in for that class – Dexter, John, Leslie, David and I," Travis said. "That class is crazy. You could make a team at LeBron Camp will all those guys and we'd win a lot of games."

And the same can be said about how that group could fare as the starting lineup on a college team. It's a well-rounded group that appears to fit well into UNC head coach Roy Williams' system.

"You have every position covered," David said. "All the bigs coming in with the class of 2009 are big guys who can play on the perimeter – it's North Carolina basketball: up and down, with big guys who can do that and have an inside-outside game and solid guards who are all athletic and can run a structured offense and push the ball up the court."

So in what is sure to be a roster loaded with backcourt and (especially) frontcourt talent, how will the 6-10 duo from Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei fit into the mix?

"We'll see how it works out because all of us can play – no doubt about that," Travis said. "We're versatile, so we could play a couple of positions. And we're not real concerned about competing for the same spot – we know if you're good, you're going to play. If you're making plays, you're going to play."

Said David: "We've briefly talked about where each player is going to fit. … As far as my brother and I go, we're going to be expected to establish ourselves in the post, run the court really well and be expected to be in great condition."

In talking with their future coach, Roy Williams hasn't detailed extensively where they'll fit on the court and into the rotation – he just knows they're a good match with his Tar Heels.

"He just likes our style of play," Travis said. "He likes big men that can run, big men that can rebound, big men that are versatile. He says we're going to fit really well into his program."

The Wears have already seen how well they fit on a social level with their future teammates. A benefit of so many early North Carolina commitments has been that it's given the Wears and the others a chance to develop a strong relationship long before arriving on campus.

"I've talked to Leslie McDonald, John Henson, Dexter Strickland, Kendall Marshall, David said. "I've met all these guys, talked to all of them, and they're all really good guys and will be really good teammates."

They may still be a year away from arriving in Chapel Hill, but the Wears already have their sights clearly set on the goal at hand for their college careers.

"As soon as I get to campus, it's all business," David said. "It's all about winning a national championship and continuing the legacy of North Carolina basketball."

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