With the 2017-18 North Carolina men’s basketball season set to tip off a little over two weeks from now, all focus is on the Tar Heel’s title defense. Behind the scenes, though, the North Carolina coaching staff is working hard to ensure the program’s continued success for years to come.
On Oct. 13, that success became more feasible. On that day, the NCAA concluded that UNC would not be punished for any academic misconduct, ending an investigation that had lasted over six years.
This ruling means that top recruits can commit to North Carolina without fear of a postseason ban or scholarship reduction. In light of this, the Tar Heels have more hope that 2018 targets Zion Williamson and Simisola Shittu will join their already top-rated recruiting class.
Shittu, whose list of schools has been narrowed down to ten, is set to visit Chapel Hill on Nov. 10 for the the Tar Heels' season opener against Northern Iowa. 247Sports’ Crystal Ball has predicted that Shittu will commit to either Vanderbilt or North Carolina.
Meanwhile, Williamson seems more unlikely to become a Tar Heel. The Crystal Ball predicts the South Carolina native will commit to Kentucky.