The Tar Heels haven’t received much positive news on the recruiting front since the commitments of Isiah Hicks and Nate Britt last year. Since then they’ve endured the fiasco that is the Troy Williams recruitment. Their top target Julius Randle eliminating them from consideration just before top prospect Jabari Parker scratched the Heels from his list. Between that time Austin Nichols also eliminated the Heels and due to the slow playing from Parker, Williams and Randle, UNC missed out on players like Nick King and Keith Frazier.
Late Night with Roy has been a staple of recruiting for a long time in Carolina. The Heels welcomed Hicks and Britt as well as Troy Williams, Kennedy Meeks and 2014 prospects Justin Jackson and Shelton Mitchell. For this years Midnight Madness, hopefully they weren’t scared off by the ballet performance by the 2012 freshman group.
The big name missing from that list is Noah Vonleh. After Randle cut Carolina from his list, Vonleh became the new top focus of the class. After reclassifying from 2014 to the 2013 class, Vonleh named UNC as one of three schools pushing for him the hardest. However, the fact that he wasn’t at Late Night, instead spending Midnight Madness in Syracuse taking in the Orange’s event is at least cause for concern.
What is encouraging is that Troy Williams rode into Chapel Hill with his new high school teammate Nate Britt for his visit. Kennedy Meeks seems to be close to narrowing his options and potentially making a commitment soon and it’s nice to see he spent his Midnight Experience in Chapel Hill. Jackson and Mitchell of the 2014 group have been came in for recent visits and seem to be very interested in UNC. Don’t be surprised if one or both makes an early commitment, like Britt and Hicks did last year.