He’s also very familiar with UNC’s campus, having taken three visits between August and December. In August, he made an unofficial visit, but the real treat was making an official trip to Chapel Hill for the NBA preseason game on Sept. 28 between the Charlotte Hornets and Boston Celtics. On Dec. 5 he returned to North Carolina once again to watch the Tar Heels steamroll UNC Wilmington, 97-69.
At one time it seemed like the 6-foot-3, 184-pound combo guard who attends super school Oak Hill Academy was a lock to become a Tar Heel. In the recent weeks that perception has somewhat changed. Rivals recruiting analyst Corey Evans reported earlier this month that Oregon could be the team to beat for Anthony’s services. With Coby White entrenched at the point guard spot, perhaps Anthony could see himself earning more playing time at the West Coast University.
Hurt is a five-star forward who has been linked to traditional blue blood programs UNC, Kansas, Duke and Kentucky. However, the Rochester, Minn. native is also considering his in-state school Minnesota. At 6-foot-9, 215 pounds, Hurt is the No. 2 power forward in the class and the No. 7 overall recruit according to 247Sports composite rankings.
As of now, the Tar Heels have a long shot at getting Hurt. Evan Daniels of 247Sports predicts there is a 75 percent chance he commits to Kansas. If UNC is able to snag Hurt, he would add to a packed frontcourt next year that includes Bacot, Manley, Garrison Brooks and Brandon Huffman. Hurt made a visit to Chapel Hill on Dec. 15, where he watched North Carolina roll by then-No. 4 Gonzaga, 103-90.
Brooks is a long, athletic wing from La Porte, Indiana, whose final schools include Kentucky, Indiana, UNC, Michigan State and UCLA. The five-star recruit is considered the No. 5 small forward in the class, according to 247Sports composite rankings.
Standing at 6-foot-7, 185 pounds, Brooks would compete for playing time right away at North Carolina, especially if first-year forward Nassir Little declares for the 2019 NBA Draft following the season’s end. Brooks visited Chapel Hill on Nov. 2 and has been recruited by assistant coach Hubert Davis, but it could be tough to lure him away from the in-state favorite. Jerry Meyer of 247Sports predicts there is a 75 percent chance Brooks attends Indiana next season, where he will undoubtedly start right away.
UNC has been linked to other five-star prospects Precious Achiuwa (No. 9 in 247Sports composite rankings) and Anthony Edwards (No. 4 in 247Sports composite rankings), but it’s unlikely either heralded player will commit to play in Chapel Hill.
Adding any of the prospects listed above would be a huge get for North Carolina, especially considering the Tar Heels will be without graduating players Kenny Williams, Luke Maye and Cameron Johnson next season.
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