Chay Shegog to UNC
Jordan Jones, one of the country's top shooters, will be back on the board, while Shay Shegog (left), one of the nation's top post players, is off.
Jordan Jones, one of the country's top long-distance shooters, is due to receive a full release from her National Letter of Intent with Texas Tech, according to sources close to the family.
Jones, the No. 50 overall prospect in the 2007 class, according to HoopGurlz.com, sought to decommit from Texas Tech for family reasons, the sources said. Her uncle recently died and her aunt has been placed on a kidney donor list.
"Because of the recent events, Jordan now feels strongly about playing closer to home," one of the sources said.
Meanwhile, one of the most highly recruited 2008 prospects is now off the boards as Chay Shegog of Stafford, Va., has committed to North Carolina. Shegog, the No. 21 overall prospect in 2008, per HoopGurlz.com, also had Connecticut, Duke, Maryland and Tennessee among her finalists.
At 6-foot-4, Shegog is one of the finest true centers in the country and offers a great complement to North Carolina's 2007 signing class, which included top backcourt prospects Italee Lucas, the No. 6 overall prospect; Cetera DeGraffenreid, No. 14, and Rebecca Gray, No. 46. Lucas and DeGraffenreid are positioned to fill the void left by the graduation of do-everything guard Ivory Latta, while Shegog can help replace junior center LaToya Pringle.
Shegog, of Brooke Point High School, is a smooth and athletic post with great length - the combination making her formidable as a shot-blocker and rebounder. She committed to North Carolina after attending the Tar Heels' romp over Miami on Sunday.
Before committing to Texas Tech, Jones had Georgia Tech, Indiana, Ohio State, Oregon State, Stanford, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt among her finalists, but obviously would emphasize a program closer to her home in Suwanee, Ga. Because of her long-distance prowess, she is certain to attract considerable attention. She and Ta'Shia Phillips of Indianapolis, Ind., are the top uncommitted prospects in the 2007 class.
Jones, 5-9, has been a key member of Collins Hill High School, which is ranked No. 1 in the nation by both Full Court Press and USA Today. Maya Moore, the consensus No. 1 in the 2007 class, is a teammate of Jones' at Collins Hill.
The late signing period for basketball starts on April 11 and ends May 16.
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