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Adenhart signs with North Carolina

November 13, 2003|by MARK KELLER

keller@herald-mail.com

The University of North Carolina is a school accustomed to getting some of the top high school talent for their men's basketball and women's soccer programs.

On Wednesday, the university landed the nation's top high school baseball prospect as Williamsport's Nick Adenhart signed a national letter of intent to pitch for the Tar Heels in the spring of 2005.

After receiving a steady stream of offers since the start of his sophomore year of high school, Adenhart said he chose North Carolina for various reasons.

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"Everything about it was perfect - the campus, the coaches, everything was great," Adenhart said. "The program is well-known for getting players ready for the next level."

The question is: Will Adenhart need more preparation in order to reach the next level? "Baseball America" ranks Adenhart as the top prospect in the Class of 2004, and he has been projected by several publications as a top 10 pick in the Amateur Draft in June.

"The draft is definitely on my mind and is something I'm preparing for," Adenhart said. "Once June comes around, if it's an opportunity I can't afford to pass up, I'll make the decision then.

"Right now, playing in college is my goal and my priority."

As a junior, Adenhart went 6-1 with a 1.38 ERA, striking out 79 and walking just 13 in 40 2/3 innings. He pitched a no-hitter in the Wildcats' 1-0 loss to Allegany in the Class 1A West playoffs.

Adenhart was one of the Wildcats' basketball stars last season, but will not play this year, concentrating instead on weight training and conditioning for baseball.

"There are some things I need to work on baseball-wise," Adenhart said. "And there's injuries. I don't want to get hurt playing basketball."

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