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September 17, 2007Two of the top remaining uncommitted basketball prospects in the country, Washington (IN) center Tyler Zeller and Oak Park (Ill.) shooting guard Iman Shumpert, made official visits to North Carolina over the weekend.
The 6-4, 185-pound Shumpert, who is currently the No. 26 player in the Rivals 150 for the Class of 2008, enjoyed a breakout summer on the AAU circuit, where he caught the attention of the Tar Heel coaching staff. Shumpert has narrowed his final choices down to UNC, Georgia Tech, and Marquette.
While Shumpert has already made trips to Milwaukee and Atlanta during his recruitment, this weekend was his first-ever trip to UNC.
The 6-11, 215-pound Zeller, who is currently ranked the No. 5 center and No. 22 overall player in the high school senior class, made his first visit to UNC last fall, when he attended a Tar Heel football game and met with assistant coach Joe Holladay.
Zeller received a scholarship offer from UNC in May, just prior to leading his Indiana Elite AAU squad to the championship of the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions at the Smith Center, and the Tar Heels made his most recent cut of schools, which now stands at four (UNC, Purdue, Indiana, and Notre Dame).
Zeller and Shumpert, along with several current and former members of the Tar Heels, strolled into Kenan Stadium early into UNC's game with Virginia Saturday afternoon. The student section made chants of "Tyler Zeller," as the big man walked through. The current players taking part included William Graves, Danny Green, Bobby Frasor, and Marcus Ginyard.
In addition, several members of UNC's 2005 NCAA championship team, including Raymond Felton, Sean May, Byron Sanders, David Noel, and Marvin Williams, along with recently graduated UNC player Dewey Burke, were on hand for the game. The players and recruits made their way to their reserved box, where they met up with UNC head coach Roy Williams.
Later that evening, the players and recruits were seen on Franklin Street, taking in the typical hustle and bustle of downtown Chapel Hill following a home football game.
Zeller and Shumpert seemed to be enjoying their time engaging with the Tar Heel players, in addition to the attention they received from the many people who acknowledged them over the course of the night.
TarHeelIllustrated.com has made efforts to contact both Shumpert and Zeller, but they were not immediately available for comment.
Shumpert has two more official visits scheduled to Georgia Tech (Sept. 28th-29th) and Marquette (Oct. 12th-13th), while Zeller has additional official visits planned to Indiana (Sept. 22nd-23rd), Notre Dame (Oct. 12th-13th), and Purdue (Oct. 19th-20th).