UNC Basketball Recruiting: How Does Justin Jackson & Justise Winslows Package Deal Effect the Tar Heels?

Justin Jackson & Justise Winslow have become the most recent tandem to start talking about a package deal.  In what has become common place now in recruiting where stars decide they want to play together at the next level the Jackson/Winslow duo is intriguing to say the least.

July 13, 2012;Alexandria, VA USA;USA West forward Justin Jackson (14) drives to the hoop against USA Midwest during the Nike Global Challenge at Episcopal High School. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

These talks rarely go through with the most recent example being Troy Williams and Anthony Barber who were supposed to be tied at the hip with Williams now committed to Indiana and Barber to NC State.   Another high profile grouping in the 2014 class involves a couple of the top prospects in point guard Tyus Jones and center Jahlil Okafor with shooting guard Theo Pinson discussing joining them.

If they go through with it, how would it effect the Tar Heels?  Both players have offers from Carolina and UNC appears to be in good shape with Jackson who has attending Carolina camps every summer since his eighth grade season.  UNC will also be looking to stock up on perimeter players in the 2014 class with Dexter Strickland graduating after this season and Leslie McDonald and Reggie Bullock set to graduate after the 2013 season.

Winslow and Jackson play on the same AAU Houston Hoops team and have a strong relationship but admit that they cannot force things and have to do what’s best for them.  Arizona, Baylor, Georgetown, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas A&M have offered both of them scholarships.   Jackson visited Chapel Hill during Late Night with Roy and has been strongly linked to the Tar Heels while Winslow has been linked to several programs including Duke.

The 2014 season could have a lot of open playing time for freshman wings with no perimeter players committed in the 2013 class and although the team is going after top prospect Andrew Wiggins he will likely be gone after his freshman year, UNC appears to be in as good of shape as any program of landing both players.




Topics: Justin Jackson, Justise Winslow, North Carolina Tar Heels

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