Roy Williams is trying to get a big man to play beside Sean May
next season, but you can forget about Darryl Watkins filling that need.The
6-foot-10 center from Paterson (N.J.) Catholic did not score high enough on his
latest SAT attempt and is no longer being recruited by North Carolina.Although
the word coming from Watkins and his family is that he "is no longer considering
Carolina and that he wants to stay close to home," the fact is that his choices
Fayetteville Online Story - Watkins no longer on Tar Heels' wish list
Darryl Watkins, one of the highest-rated centers in the class of
2003, has renewed his interest in Syracuse University, and the feeling is
apparently mutual. Watkins, a 6-foot-11, 235-pound senior at Paterson (N.J.)
Catholic High School, will make an official visit to the SU campus on the
weekend of May 23-25, his father said Tuesday night.
Highly rated center reconsidering SU
Big East News
It was some three years ago that Seton Hall, St. John's and the
other non-major football-playing members of the Big East Conference first
pondered life on their own -- minus the likes of Miami (Fla.) and
IN Jersey Sports: Non-football schools in Big East strategize
From the first brochure in the mail to the final pitch in the
living room and with every phone call in between, college basketball coaches
bombard recruits with information. Playing time (plenty). Facilities (deluxe).
Style of play (up-tempo!). Academic support (extensive). Exposure (tons).
Preparation for the pros (lottery's calling). Scheduled visits by Dick Vitale
(weekly). Where the chicks hang out on campus (wherever you are, Stud). But
there's one piece of vital recruiting information most prospects never hear from
the coaches who vow to treat them like family while developing their jumper: You
don't have to sign a national letter of intent. (OK, actually there's a second
piece of vital information left out by coaches. You never hear one say, "I'd
love to coach you, Johnny, but if we have a good year and a big-time school
comes calling after this season, I'm outta here on the first thing smokin'. I'll
forget your name in the time it takes to pack up my office.") It's true about
letters of intent, kids. They're not mandatory. No NCAA rule says you have to
sign one. You CAN receive a scholarship without an NLI.
ESPN.com: NCB - Why sign NLI early ... if at all?
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