DCS: Justin Bohlander

CHARLOTTE -- Justin Bohlander's play of late has made him difficult for high-major coaches to ignore.

The 6-7, 200-pound Winston-Salem (N.C.) Reynolds senior gained attention from his strong showings in Houston at the Academy National Invitational last week. One Pac-10 head coach was so impressed that he offered a scholarship.

"Southern Cal offered him, through me, in Houston," Reynolds head coach Howard West said. "He's getting a lot of national interest right now.

"There are some down here," he said pointing to a group of coaches down the hall, "I haven't talked to them, but they're interested and I'm sure I'll get a call from them."

A quick look at Bohlander's stat sheet doesn't tell the whole story. He may not fill up the box score in one particular category, but he does a little bit of everything on the court.

"He's a basketball player – he can shoot the ball, he can pass it, he can block shots and play the high post," West said. "He's a lot like Ilian Evtimov at NC State. I try to tell people, this kid can beat you. He's not going to outrun you, but he's going to find a way to beat you."

Bohlander totaled 10 points, three rebounds, two assists and five blocks in Saturday's win.

Interestingly, Bohlander hadn't always planned on playing college basketball. In fact, he'd turned down schools earlier this year.

"He has been offered mid major scholarships before this past summer," West said. "But he said he didn't want to play college basketball, so we started telling people that and so people stopped calling.

"And so then the walk-on deal with Carolina comes up, and he falls in love with it. Now he's playing well this year and coaches want to know if he's going to change his mind again and decide to play with a scholarship.

"But right now, in his mind, he's going to Carolina."

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