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Duke first-year forward Zion Williamson (1) attempts to block a layup by UNC first-year forward Nassir Little (5) during the semifinals of the ACC Tournament at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. on Friday, March 15, 2019. UNC fell to Duke 73-74.

Three UNC students on what it's like to compete against star athletes before college

High school mixtapes are popular for a reason. As fun as it is to watch two dominant athletes go head to head, it’s just as entertaining — if not more —to watch future stars wreak havoc against, well, lesser competition in their conferences and states. But what about those on the other end of the equation? The Daily Tar Heel spoke with three current UNC students who competed against elite athletes at the preps level to find out.



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Sun Valley quarterback Sam Howell signs his national letter of intent to attend UNC while his family watches in Monroe.

Howell signs

Sun Valley quarterback Sam Howell signs his national letter of intent to attend UNC while his family watches in Monroe.


Sam Howell and his family pose at Sun Valley High School in Monroe, after the 2019 four-star quarterback committed to UNC, flipping from Florida State.

Howell family

Sam Howell and his family pose at Sun Valley High School in Monroe, after the 2019 four-star quarterback committed to UNC, flipping from Florida State.


The majority of Sean May's duties with UNC are administrative, but he uses film review as a main point of contact with players.

Sean May at desk

The majority of Sean May's duties with UNC are administrative, but he uses film review as a main point of contact with players.


The North Carolina football team released its first 2017 depth chart. Here's what the quarterback situation looks like on paper.

Depth Chart Aug. 28

The North Carolina football team released its first 2017 depth chart. Here's what the quarterback situation looks like on paper.


Luke Maye wraps his younger brother, Cole, in a headlock. Cole, who plays baseball at the University of Florida, insisted they switch roles in the next shot to keep things equal.

Luke and Cole Maye

Luke Maye wraps his younger brother, Cole, in a headlock. Cole, who plays baseball at the University of Florida, insisted they switch roles in the next shot to keep things equal.


North Carolina senior left tackle Bentley Spain talks to the media at ACC Football Kickoff on Friday.

Bentley Spain

North Carolina senior left tackle Bentley Spain talks to the media at ACC Football Kickoff on Friday.


Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins talks to the media at the ACC Football Kickoff in Charlotte on Thursday.

Wilkins

Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins talks to the media at the ACC Football Kickoff in Charlotte on Thursday.