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Four-star shooting guard Kenny Williams commits to UNC

The North Carolina men’s basketball team completed its 2015 recruiting class on Saturday when four-star shooting guard Kenny Williams committed to UNC.

Evan Daniels, the director of basketball recruiting for Scout.com, first reported Williams’ commitment, and then Williams took to Twitter to announce the decision.

The 6-foot-2 shooting guard from Chesterfield, Va., is ranked No. 29 at his position and No. 89 overall in the 2015 class, according to 247Sports.

Williams had previously committed to Virginia Commonwealth. But when Shaka Smart, the former VCU head coach, decided to leave for the same position at Texas, Williams asked VCU to release him from his Letter of Intent and reopened his recruitment.

Williams considered Michigan, Florida, Virginia and North Carolina, and he cut his list down to UNC and UVa. on Thursday before choosing the Tar Heels on Saturday.

“I think he’s a good get for Carolina,” said Boo Williams, who coached Kenny Williams’ travel team in the summer of 2014. “He can shoot the basketball, and he’s got very good upside.”

Kenny Williams, who is regarded by 247Sports as one of the top shooters in the country, is expected to add a boost to UNC’s perimeter shooting.

The Tar Heels shot 35.8 percent from behind the arc during the 2014-15 season, but rising senior Marcus Paige accounted for 94 3-pointers for the Tar Heels. Freshman swingman Justin Jackson was next on the team with 28 made 3-pointers.

Williams joins three-star power forward Luke Maye from Cornelius, N.C., as the second member of UNC’s 2015 recruiting class.

Below is a video showcasing Williams’ abilities.

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