Love Visits North Carolina

UCLA has generally been leading for its big recruiting target in the class of 2006, 6-9 center Kevin Love from Lake Oswego (Ore.) High. But the #2-ranked player in the country and his family are on their way to an unofficial visit to North Carolina today, and the Tar Heels are trotting out the big guns...

Kevin Love, the 6-9 junior center from Lake Oswego (Ore.) High, UCLA's big target in the 2006 class, left this morning from Oregon for North Carolina, where he'll play in the annual Memorial Day event, the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions.

The fact that Love is playing in the tournament isn't significant compared to what he'll be doing in his off-time.

Some of the tournament is played on the campus of North Carolina, which is UCLA's competition for Love. It's planned that Love, along with his father Stan, the ex-NBA player, and his mother, will take an unofficial visit to North Carolina today before he participates in the T.O.C.

"We are going on Thursday," Love's mother confirmed late Tuesday night with Inside Carolina. "We are doing an unofficial on Thursday."

Sources are saying the visit is planned to take a total of 11 hours, and North Carolina is trotting out the big guns for it. Former UNC head coach Dean Smith will be present, as well as Michael Jordan and other Tar Heel celebrities. Wayne Ellington, an elite guard from the 2006 class committed to North Carolina, and other North Carolina recruits, are expected to be there also.

Of course, other North Carolina recruits will be in town and on campus for the T.O.C. and will take unofficial visits to meet with the North Carolina coaches and contingent.

It's pretty well accepted that UCLA has been Love's leader up until now. He said recently that he has narrowed his choices down to UCLA and North Carolina. He has taken a couple of unofficial visits to UCLA in the past and this unofficial visit to North Carolina has been much anticipated, with many believing that Love could make a decision soon after.

Love is rated the #2 player in the country by, and is the elite low-post talent that UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland needs on his roster.

There will undoubtedly be timely reporting on Love's visit to North Carolina and his performance in the T.O.C. by and Inside Carolina this weekend, so stay tuned.

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