Wears Commit to North Carolina

David Wear and Travis Wear, the 6-9 junior twins from Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, the #26- and #27-ranked players in the national class of 2009, chose North Carolina over UCLA Friday...

David Wear and Travis Wear, the 6-9 junior twins, made it known Friday that they'll be attending North Carolina.

They chose the Tar Heels over UCLA and Arizona.

From Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, the two twin brothers are ranked the #26 and #27 player in the national class of 2009.

UCLA had been recruiting them heavily for some time.

"They came home from Las Vegas (Mater Dei played at Durango High Wednesday) and felt like they wanted to be done with it (the recruiting process)," Dave Wear Sr. told Frank Burlison of the Long Beach Press Telegram and Scout.com. "I told them `Let me ease your minds and you call the coach you want to commit to and I'll call the other coaches.'"

The twins then contacted North Carolina and the two runners up -- UCLA and Arizona.

Wear said: "I told them "You know, you will be away from your family (if you go to North Carolina). And they said, 'We'll be away from mom and dady but we will have each other.'"

It came down to a few factors for the two top 30 national players. "At the end of the day, they felt comfortable (at North Carolina). at the school, in the community and with the coaching staff. And, ultimately, they wanted to bring the recruiting process to a close," said the father.

Was the father himself surprised by the timing? He said: "This was rather abrupt because I thought it (a decision) wouldn't come until the end of the season. But they said they wanted to clear their minds and make a decision and focus on the rest of the season. And I can certainly respect that . It (recruiting) has already been a 2 ½ year process. It is a geat university and coaching staff and a great opportunity for them. And we as a family will have to move on after the decision."


The speculation is that Alex Stepheson, the 6-9 sophomore center originally from North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake, could be leaving North Carolina.

The word is that he'd consider UCLA, USC, Cal and Arizona State.

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