Roy Williams Comments on Recruiting Class

CHAPEL HILL --- The University of North Carolina men's basketball program signed five high school seniors to National Letters of Intent, head coach Roy Williams announced Wednesday afternoon.

Signing Day Coverage
* Strickland: 'I Made The Right Decision'
* McDonald: 'It's a Really Good Class'
* Henson: 'I'm Ready'
* Wear: 'It's Going to be Fun'
* Expert Commentary
* Inside Carolina's Recruiting Board
The five include John Henson from Tampa, Fla.; Leslie McDonald from Memphis, Tenn.; Dexter Strickland from Rahway, N.J.; David Wear from Huntington Beach, Calif.; and Travis Wear from Huntington Beach, Calif.

"We are very excited about this class," says Williams. "All five do a great job both in the classroom and on the basketball court. They all have been well coached in high school and they are all interested in their team winning. These are characteristics that are at the top of the list when we look at young players."

Henson is a 6-10 forward who plays for coach Renaldo Garcia at Sickles High School in Tampa, Fla. He previously attended Round Rock High School in Round Rock, Texas.

"John is an outstanding student-athlete with unlimited potential," Williams says. "We will ask him to try and develop more perimeter skills and hope he¹ll be able to play on the perimeter as well as inside. He has long arms and his size enables him to block shots like a big guy but I believe he will be a perimeter player for us. John's potential is only exceeded by the quality of his character."

McDonald is a 6-4 perimeter player who plays for coach John Harrington at Briarcrest Christian High School in Eads, Tenn. He helped Briarcrest win a state title last year.

"Leslie is a perimeter player with tremendous flexibility," says Williams. "His greatest skill is his versatility and the complete package that he brings both offensively and defensively. He can do so many different things. He is one of the favorite students at his school, which speaks well to his character."

Strickland is a 6-3 guard who plays for coach Kevin Boyle at St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth, N.J.

"Dexter has tremendous athleticism," Williams says. "His speed, quickness and explosiveness enable him to play either guard spot. It will be difficult for people to match up athletically against him. He is a wonderful young man who continues to improve every time we see him play."

David Wear and Travis Wear are 6-10 forwards who play for coach Gary McKnight at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif.

"David and Travis Wear are both extremely sound fundamentally," says Williams. "They play for a great high school coach and their father being on Mater Dei¹s coaching staff has helped them individually. Both David and Travis can score inside and outside and handle the ball very well. They are used to winning. They've won two consecutive state championships in what we know is a very competitive California high school playoff system." Recommended Stories

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