ESPN's 44th ranked player at the power forward position, Kadeem Jack, has announced that he is planning two more college visits this spring. The 6'9", 210 lb. senior of Rice High School in New York City will pay official visits to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Kentucky in the very near future. Jack was recruited by and visited a number of powerhouse programs but had decided, as of last week, to forgo college this fall in favor of a year of prep school instead. It is said that the decision to attend prep school was made in order to give Jack time to polish his game and was not academically related.
Jack's 16.9 points per game would be a welcomed addition to the team at UNC who suffered a huge loss in their front court following the 2009-10 season. As of right now the Tar Heels are returning only two post players after losing Deon Thompson to graduation, Ed Davis to the NBA Draft, and the rising sophomore Wear twins to transfer. Because of this shortage in the paint, Jack could make an instant impact at UNC and could probably be just as effective as the Wear twins combined. I am sure Tar Heel fans will be hoping for an offer and acceptance ASAP.
Kentucky, like UNC, already has one of the top recruiting classes in the country and could probably use Jack just as much as the Heels. The Wildcats return only one player over 6'7" in rising senior Josh Harrellson at 6'10" and have incoming freshmen Enes Kanter who stands 6'9". After the 2009-10 Season the Wildcats lost their freshmen phenom of a big man, DeMarcus Cousins, to the NBA Draft along with other contributing forwards Patrick Patterson and Daniel Orton.
Being one of the best high school players left it will definitely be interesting to see what Jack decides to do. I for one will be hoping he becomes a Tar Heel.