On April 22, all UNC had to show for its recruiting class was 5-star center Armando Bacot and 3-star guard Jeremiah Francis. Over the next 10 days, the Tar Heels added guards Cole Anthony and Anthony Harris, along with graduate transfers Christian Keeling and Justin Pierce to round out the class at the eleventh hour.
On the opposite end of the spectrum rests the 2020 recruiting class, a group already assembled before the previous year's recruits have even played a game for North Carolina. The one similarity between the two classes? Talent.
Film of Davis reveals speed and quickness that will be a jolt to the UNC offense, an element that the Tar Heels will certainly be looking to bring back to their game after the departure of Coby White to the NBA. Davis, the 5-foot-11 guard, averaged 25.4 points, seven rebounds and 4.9 assists per game at Archbishop Stepinac High School last year.
Kessler, the No. 15 player in the class of 2020, is a big man that boasts a versatile arsenal of offensive weapons in highlight reels, ranging from easy dunks to hook shots in the post. Despite possessing average athleticism for a 7-footer, the five-star center has solid touch around the rim and is also capable of stretching the floor with an outside shot.
At 6-foot-10 and 246 pounds, Sharpe, the No. 17 player in the class of 2020, is a brick wall of an athlete who can add to the raw strength that his game already possesses once he begins practicing with Williams' staff in Chapel Hill. His large frame will certainly cause problems for opponents trying to grab rebounds on the block. As long as Sharpe's size doesn't affect his stamina and conditioning, he should prove to be a solid option in a rotation of big men in 2020-21 that could also feature Bacot, Kessler, Garrison Brooks and Sterling Manley.
Rounding out the group is Love, the No. 21 player in the class. Love's 6-foot-3 build gives him enough length to play both guard positions, providing Williams with another versatile option. In 20 games on the Nike EYBL circuit this year, Love averaged 15.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, five assists and 1.9 steals per game.
Now that North Carolina has built up such a highly-ranked class so early, it's only a matter of waiting until UNC fans get to see this 2020 class come together in the Smith Center.
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