Up the Charts

Matt Heramb climbed up the charts with solid showings at summer AAU events, and now has a number of high Division I teams checking him out.

"I think most of the teams that are looking at me want to see what I do during my senior season," Heramb said after his star turn this summer. "I don't really have a timetable, because the interest in me really just started during the summer. I want to see who else offers me, and see how it all plays out. I don't think I will sign during the early period -- I'll probably wait until the spring."

That's probably a smart move on the part of the lanky forward, who counts Alabama, Florida, Georgia, West Virginia, Colorado, Purdue, Oregon State and Charlotte as his current favorites. Only Charlotte has offered so far, but a handful of others are close to doing so, and more will be sure to follow once his season begins in late October.

Heramb, a native of Douglasville, Ga., saw schools' interest in him skyrocket after a successful summer season.

"I joined an AAU team called the Georgia Hurricanes, and we had two good tournaments in Suwanee, Ga., and Las Vegas at the Big Time tournament," he recounted. "We finished seventh in Suwanee and 15th at Big Time. I had 23 points against the Georgia Stars, and 19 against EDO in Georgia.

"After that, a lot of schools contacted me. West Virginia called me after the Georgia tournament, and I've been in touch with them. Matt Brown is recruiting me. They are one of the schools I am interested in."

Heramb is a lanky shooter whose versatility -- obviously the hook for the Mountaineers' interest -- is one of his strongest points. He's still looking to put on some weight and strength, but at 6-9 and 207 pounds, he certainly has the frame to play in college around the 215 or 220 mark.

He also holds one of the threads common to most Mountaineer recruits -- the ability to shoot the rock.

"I can step outside and shoot, but if teams put a smaller guy on me to stay with me, I can take him inside and post him up," Heramb said. "I'm also good enough to take bigger guys off the dribble, so I think my versatility is my strongest point. I still need to do some work in the weight room, but I'm in there now, and I'm working hard at it."


Heramb's Chapel Hill team is poised to make a state championship run. With a number of returning regulars as well as two impact transfers, Chapel Hill is ranked number one in the region going into the season.

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