Jack Talks Tar Heels

Two days ago Kadeem Jack was headed to prep school and North Carolina was done recruiting for the coming season. Now? Maybe not.

North Carolina learned Wednesday evening that its freshmen post players David and Travis Wear were transferring, leaving the 2010-11 squad dangerously thin up front.

On Thursday, the Tar Heel staff began to inquire about Jack.

The 6-9, 210-pound senior at New York (N.Y.) Rice has been a late bloomer. He's only been playing the game of basketball for four years and during his senior season his stock soared. Already an explosive athlete, he began to fill out his frame, add skill and build confidence.

By the time Scout.com released its final 2010 class rankings, Jack had climbed to the No. 8 power forward spot and was listed as the No. 43 overall prospect.

High major colleges took notice, yet Jack ultimately decided that he wanted to attend prep school - at South Kent (Conn.) - to continue to develop his game and obtain the best possible scholarship offers.

Contact from UNC over the last 24 hours may change that plan.

"North Carolina has talked to both me and (Rice) Coach (Maurice) Hicks," Jack said late Friday evening. "They were explaining why they came in so late, they were talking about the transfers, and they wanted to start developing a relationship.

"And they wanted to get me down for a visit."

Jack had made the decision to attend prep school despite existing high major offers, but UNC has the potential to alter that decision because the Tar Heel program was a favorite of his growing up.

"Yeah, I was thinking about prep school, but to me North Carolina is North Carolina," Jack said.

"One thing I like about the program is if you go there and you work hard you can accomplish a lot, so I think that's the best thing about it. And if you go there and work hard you're clearly in a position to do a lot of things that other places can't do."

The relationship between Jack and UNC is in its infancy stages, and a Tar Heel scholarship hasn't yet been officially presented, but considering the timetable, UNC knows the relationship must quickly develop. And that includes a campus visit.

"They want to get me down pretty soon," Jack said.

As for if he will indeed visit Chapel Hill?

"Yeah, I'm going to try and take a visit sometime in the near future," Jack said. "Sometime maybe next week or the next week, I'm not really sure yet."

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