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The North Carolina Tar Heels Now Have Four Players Targeted

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 12:  Justin Knox #40 of the Alabama Crimson Tide controls a rebound against the Kentucky Wildcats  during the quarterfinals of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at the Bridgestone Arena on March 12, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Justin CrawfordCorrespondent IMay 14, 2010

We have now learned that Roy Williams has targeted four players as possible replacements for the Wears. 

Kadeem Jack has been talked about a lot, but now you can add Eloy Vargas, Justin Knox, and Marcus Thornton to the list.

Of these four players, Justin Knox would likely be the best at little cost. He only has one year left of eligibility after graduating and transferring from Alabama. He would be doing graduate work at the school he chooses. He will be visiting UNC and Georgia Tech soon.

While at Alabama, Knox had some very good games, but sometimes he was lost during the game. He did not believe he fit into the system. Now, he is searching for a system he can trust. I expect Roy to go after him hard since it is basically like renting him for a year.

In 2008, Eloy Vargas was one of the top names in recruiting. He signed with Florida but left to go to Miami-Dade Community College.

A strange move, it may have been due to grades and injuries.

I am still not sure about this kid, but he would only have two years of eligibility left, so he would not tie up a scholarship for too long. He will also visit Kentucky.

Marcus Thornton, the former Clemson commit, is likely a last resort for Roy. He may not even be a true power forward at 6'7", 200 lbs. 

The dream scenario would be to land Justin Knox as a rent-a-player. He would only take up one year on a scholarship, thus not hurting anything. Then I would still like to land Kadeem Jack because I like his athletic ability. He would be a project, but it could pay off.

Only time will tell, but we should know more within the next week.

 

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