The move comes on the heels of a successful summer for the 6-foot-10, 240-pound player who hails from Richmond, V.A.
In June, Bacot played on the USA U18 team that brought home gold in the 2018 FIBA Americas Men’s U18 Championship. The rising senior played alongside incoming first-year point guard Coby White and averaged 7.8 points and five rebounds in six contests. Bacot contributed 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting and four blocks in USA’s 113-74 gold medal game victory over Canada.
In July, he was named the 2018 Peach Jam MVP after leading his AAU squad, Team Takeover, to a 23-1 record in the Nike EYBL (Elite Youth Basketball). The team’s run culminated in the Peach Jam tournament crown and its star player, Barcot, averaged 11.6 points, 12.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists along the way.
Bacot joins four-star point guard Jeremiah Francis in 2019 to help solidify a front court that will likely also feature Garrison Brooks and Sterling Manley.
Williams has had his eye on Bacot for quite some time, and according to an article from Richmond.com, the coach spent 90 minutes in the Trinity Episcopal gym watching the center play last fall.
He had a dominating junior season and was named the All-Metro player of the year after averaging 24.2 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.1 blocks for his hometown team. Bacot led his team to a 26-4 record and carried it to the state semifinals. He scored a career-high 45 points in that game, in an 82-71 loss to Bishop O’Connell.
Bacot announced he will be joining IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fl. for his senior season. He stated his desire to win a national title as the reasoning for making the switch.
His addition to UNC’s squad gives the Tar Heels the No. 8 class for 2019 according to 247sports.com. UNC has the No. 14 class for the 2018 season led by five-star recruits Nassir Little and White and four-star Rechon Black.
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