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Tuesday January 31st

UNC basketball recruits: current targets to watch

With another season in the books, the North Carolina men’s basketball team has quickly turned its attention toward recruiting for next season. All players are expected to be back with the exception of J.P. Tokoto, and Roy Williams is hoping to land at least one of the nation’s top uncommitted prospects to join the Tar Heels. 

UNC currently only holds one commitment, power forward Luke Maye out of Charlotte. Maye is a four-star recruit by 247Sports and is ranked the No. 2 player in the state of North Carolina. With the possible departure of Tokoto, here are four UNC targets that could join Maye in UNC’s 2015 recruiting class.

Jaylen Brown

This 6-foot-7 small forward is arguably the top prospect in the 2015 class. 

The Georgia native announced via a Bleacher Report exclusive video that he has narrowed his list of schools down to eight. The contenders? 

Kentucky, Kansas, Georgia, Georgia Tech, UCLA, California, Michigan and North Carolina. 

He’s a five-star player and the state of Georgia’s best, according to 247Sports.

He’s projected to be a top-five pick in the 2016 NBA Draft should he leave after his freshman year. Brown is expected to make his college decision by the end of the month.

Brandon Ingram

The Kinston, N.C., native is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 11 overall recruit and No. 1 recruit in North Carolina. 

Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina are among the top schools in pursuit of the 6-foot-8, 180-pound small forward. 

During the McDonald’s All-American festivities at the beginning of the month — when he scored 15 points — Ingram mentioned he would’ve committed to the Tar Heels in the fall of 2014 if it weren’t for pending NCAA issues. 

Ingram has visited UNC more than any other school recruiting him. He, too, will decide by the end of the month. 

Tevin Mack

After being released from his Letter of Intent to Virginia Commonwealth following Shaka Smart’s decision to take the head coaching job at Texas, the 247 Sports four-star prospect has been contacted by the Tar Heels, according to the Twitter account for his AAU team. 

The 6-foot-6, 185-pound small forward has yet to receive a scholarship from UNC. 

The Columbia, S.C., native is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 12 small forward and No. 68 overall prospect in the class of 2015.

Texas, South Carolina, Georgia, and Connecticut are a few of the schools highly recruiting him. 

Kenny Williams

A 6-foot-2 shooting guard and 3-point specialist, Williams also recently decommitted from Virginia Commonwealth when it was announced that VCU coach Shaka Smart would take the head coaching job at Texas. 

Williams has reopened his recruitment and North Carolina is on the list, as well as Virginia, Georgetown and Michigan according to 247Sports. 

Virginia and North Carolina are both aggressively pursuing the Virginia native. 

Williams is a four-star prospect according to 247Sports, who reported that Roy Williams and UNC offered him Aug. 3.



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