A 10.9-PPG scoring average in the Ohio Valley Conference doesn't usually put a player on the national radar. When that player is a 6'8", 235-pound graduate transfer who also pulled 9.1 rebounds per game, major-conference coaches and fans alike will take notice.
Former Tennessee State forward M.J. Rhett finished fifth in the OVC with that rebounding average mentioned above, and he also added a block per game for good measure. Optimism should be reined in slightly by his 3.3 fouls per game and seven disqualifications, but Rhett is the kind of post player who can fit in well on a team with an interior opening.
In an interview with SB Nation blog State of the U, Rhett named North Carolina, Miami, USC, Ole Miss and Tennessee as the top schools on his list. Scout.com's Ole Miss Spirit reported (subscription required) that Rhett "felt like [he] was at home" when he visited the school this past weekend.
Apparently, the feelings are no longer so warm and fuzzy about Tennessee, as Ben Frederickson of GoVolsXtra.com reported on Monday (subscription required) that Rhett has crossed UT off his list.
With its sizable frontcourt depth, North Carolina doesn't seem to have a major need for a player like Rhett, unless Roy Williams decides to indulge Rhett's desire to be a face-up forward, which he discussed with State of the U.
SOTU also indicated that Rhett plans to visit Miami before making his decision, which should come the weekend of April 26.
UPDATE: Jeff Goodman is now reporting that UConn is also entering the Rhett sweepstakes.