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Dontrez Styles, the No. 1 junior in North Carolina, commits to play for UNC basketball

Head Coach Roy Williams prepares to toss t-shirts into the crowd ahead of a game against Duke in the Smith Center on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. The Tar Heels lost to the Blue Devils 98-96.
Buy Photos Head Coach Roy Williams prepares to toss t-shirts into the crowd ahead of a game against Duke in the Smith Center on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. The Tar Heels lost to the Blue Devils 98-96.

The No. 1 junior in North Carolina, Dontrez Styles, has committed to play for UNC, he announced via Instagram Live on Saturday.

Styles, a Kinston, North Carolina native, is labeled as a four-star power forward, according to 247Sports, and is the No. 57 recruit in the 2021 class. He picked the Tar Heels over the likes of N.C. State, Georgetown and Maryland, who also offered him.

UNC didn't offer Styles until March 23, and it took him less than a month to lock in his commitment. As a junior at Kinston High School, Styles averaged 21.1 points and 10.6 rebounds, all while shooting 62 percent from the floor. 247Sports described the 6-foot-6 athlete as a "hybrid forward" that can play at multiple positions.

Styles is the first commit in UNC's 2021 class. He could project to be a multi-year player for the Tar Heels and provide some sureness in the lineup going forward for Roy Williams. 

Meanwhile, North Carolina will continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and wait out the recruiting dead period instituted by the NCAA.

@matt_chilson

@DTHSports | sports@dailytarheel.com

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