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When it comes to North Carolina basketball, hyped—and many times over-hyped—recruits are the norm. It’s just a part of the territory for distinguished programs such as UNC.
But with that, ranking the five most hyped recruits in Tar Heels’ history becomes quite the daunting task. Including the latest recruits, Isaiah Hicks and Kennedy Meeks, Chapel Hill has housed 67 McDonald’s All-Americans since its inception in 1977.
With all the star recruits that have landed at UNC, many players are virtually interchangeable. However, these five recruits stand above the rest.
If the history of football coach hirings and firings at the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University holds, second-year Tar Heel coach Larry Fedora and new Wolfpack hire Dave Doeren will meet six or seven times as representatives at opposite ends of the Triangle.
Exactly how the styles of the two will differ – or perhaps parallel – won’t become completely clear for at least a season or two.
But as Doeren enters his first summer in Raleigh, one thing is obvious. He’s approaching the rivalry with the Tar Heels (First meeting: Nov. 2, homecoming in Carter-Finley Stadium) entirely differently than Fedora did in his first season.
Freshman outfielder Skye Bolt has accepted an invitation to join USA Baseball’s 2013 Collegiate National Team. Bolt is one of 24 players set to play with the team this summer.
Bolt was named a second team All-ACC performer on Monday after posting a .359 average with 10 doubles, six home runs and 44 RBIs in 38 games with the Tar Heels.
The Woodstock, Ga., native missed 17 games in the middle of the season due to a broken right foot but reentered the Tar Heel lineup against Appalachian State May 14. Bolt proceded to single in his first at bat back in the lineup and stole second base.
On Tuesday, May 7, the New York Knicks were playing the Indiana Pacers in the playoffs—as important a game as they’ve had in fifteen years. But midway through the third quarter, almost everybody in Press Row and the skyboxes above it turned their attention away from the game and toward their televisions, to a Mets game. Matt Harvey was on fire. Again.
Harvey—who, as a nice touch, had a bloody nose through the first few innings—ended up losing his perfect game in the seventh, but it hardly mattered. While he was pitching, everything else in sports stopped—all this city cared about was a young pitcher and the promise of a new tomorrow.