Friday, April 24, 2009

Williams coy about Wall pursuit

The decision by Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington to leave UNC for the NBA frees up a scholarship for the Tar Heels next season.

UNC coach Roy Williams, who has contacted Raleigh super recruit John Wall, didn't say if he would add another recruit to his star-studded five-man class.

"We'll have to wait and see what happens with it," Williams said.

Now, Williams can't mention a recruit by name, but if he was not pursuing Wall, he could have said definitively he was done with the class of 2009. His answer left the door open for another chapter in the three-ring circus that is Wall's recruitment — started by N.C. State, later joined by Duke and the rest of the free world.

Even if UNC's dalliance with Wall never gets past the phone stage, Williams has what is considered the best recruiting haul in the country. The Heels have signed power forward John Henson (ranked No. 4 in the country by, shooting guard Dexter Strickland (No. 33), forward David Wear (No. 54), forward Travis Wear (No. 55) and shooting guard Leslie McDonald (No. 52).

All but McDonald, ironically, were McDonald's All-Americans.

But Wall's a point guard, the only missing piece from the recruiting class. Larry Drew II, who'll be a sophomore, is the only true point guard on the roster. Wing Marcus Ginyard could also be used to run the offense.

-- J.P. Giglio