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North Carolina Big Man Sought By USC

6-11 Hassan Whiteside is a native of Gastonia, NC, but he attends The Patterson School in Lenoir, NC. He averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5.5 blocks per game last season. And he apparently is drawing heavy interest from several major programs.

Whiteside said he has offers from USC, NC State, Kentucky, Nevada, St. Johns, South Florida, Marshall, Xavier and Charlotte. He said he talked with USC last week and plans to visit there at some point, He does not have a favorite and won't sign until the spring.

Whiteside is playing just his third season of organized basketball this season. He is said to have a long wingspan and is an excellent shot blocker. Most of his scoring is in the eight to ten foot range.