With only three “big men” on the current roster, you can’t blame Coach Roy Williams for reaching out to what seems like every big man playing high school basketball.
Most recently, the Tar Heels have been in touch with Indiana power forward, Chane Behanan. The 6’7 four-star recruit is ranked seventh among all power forwards.
Shortly after NBPA Camp in June, Behanan received his first call from the Heels. Then in July they followed his Ohio Basketball Club team to keep a close eye on the 6-foot-7, 255-pounder from Bowling Green (Ky.) High.
There’s two factors working against Coach Williams here.
First, the Heels are currently at the back of the line. Behanan already has offers from big-time schools like Louisville, Kentucky, Ohio State, West Virginia and Texas. North Carolina has not offered him a scholarship.
Secondly, the Tar Heels already have commitments from two power forwards in 2011, Jackson Simmons and James McAdoo (who is currently the 3rd ranked PF). The also have a scholarship offer to Cody Zeller (the 4th ranked PF).
Now having said that, while you never want to be last in line, Roy Williams has shown in the past that he can come in late and steal a date to the prom (Harrison Barnes).
As for the crowded field, it may not be as crowded as it appears. Again, Carolina has three front court players in 2010-2011. Justin Knox (the much needed Alabama transfer) is a one-and-done (he’s a senior). Jon Henson, if he can bulk up, could also be gone after this season. This leaves space for the PF spot.
While McAdoo and Zeller are ranked a bit higher, the pair are on the skinny side. McAdoo has the body of a small forward (6’8, 205). Zeller is taller (6’10), but he checks in at only 210.
Chane Behanan can walk in to Chapel Hill and put the “power” back into power forward. He stands 6’7, but weighs in at a solid 255 pounds. One thing the Tar Heels can certainly use next season is some muscle.