Richard Hendrix made his first stop to the North Carolina triangle last weekend and took in the sites and sounds of Duke, UNC and NC State. We caught up with the top five junior and talked about his trip and how the Blue Devils see the power forward in their system.
"I enjoyed all of the campuses and programs we saw. I learned a lot about them. Just the tradition there leaves you in awe," Hendrix said. "Duke and UNC have great facilities in their own right and NC State is just top of the line. Everything was really impressive."
The first stop on Saturday’s agenda was Duke. Like many first time observers, seeing Cameron Indoor Stadium was a bit surprising for Hendrix. "I was expecting it to be a lot larger than it really was but you automatically felt the atmosphere once you walk in. I could envision all of the Crazies there," Hendrix said.
After taking in the facilities and campus, Coach K spent some time with Hendrix and his father Venard and discussed Duke’s vision for the 6-foot-8 junior. "They showed me a film on Carlos Boozer and how he played. That’s how they envision me in their system."
His next stop was down Tobacco Road to North Carolina, where he was able to see the Tar Heels in practice for 40 minutes. "There was blue everywhere and the jerseys were hanging in the rafters. That was pretty impressive," Hendrix said.
To conclude the day, the strong-bodied forward went to Raleigh and toured the Wolfpack campus and facilities. "I was really impressed by how big that place is. The people were great and I learned a lot about their school. I didn’t know too much about them," Hendrix said.
During the summer circuit, Hendrix played primarily in the paint due to injuries on his Alabama Lasers team. But he said that he isn’t totally a block forward.
"I’ve been stepping out on the wing and working on my perimeter skills," Hendrix said. "I think I’ve been able to handle my own. I’ve got a point to prove."
Playing for his father at Athens HS in Alabama, Hendrix said he wants to have the same type of relationship with his future head coach.
"You’ve got to feel the most comfortable with your college situation wherever you go so yeah, having a coach that I can relate to and have the home environment will play a big role," Hendrix said.