The North Carolina Tar Heels 2014 recruiting class is stacked, ranked #1 by most recruiting experts. Coach Roy Williams has repeatedly stated that he wanted to sign a shooting guard to round out the class but at this point the chances of landing a “shooter” don’t seem to be as promising as they once were.
Once guard James Blackmon Jr.( #19 in the ESPN 100) tweeted his five finalist and Carolina wasn’t one of them, that left the Heels with two scholarship offers remaining, to guards Rashad Vaughn and Dante Exum. After swingman Theo Pinson committed to the Tar Heels, It seemed as If Ol’ Roy would have his choice of who would fill the final spot in the 2014 class, well that just hasn’t been the case.First, guard D’Angelo Russell committed to Ohio State then guard Devin Booker didn’t feel like UNC was recruiting him hard enough, so he said thanks but no thanks and then there the aforementioned Rashad Vaughn. Who “almost” committed during a visit in March but didn’t because his parents wanted be a little more involved. On September 27th Vaughn was supposed to take an official to UNC but he postponed reportedly because he wanted to “see a game while on campus”. Meanwhile he has set a date for a visit to UNLV and already has two other official visits set, at Iowa State (many believe they are the leader in Vaughn’s recruitment) and Baylor, but as of yet hasn’t rescheduled his visit to Carolina.
This young man’s recruitment will probably play out in the spring, so a lot can and will happen between now and then.
Australian guard Dante Exum has some things to figure out himself. He is a 6’6 combo guard, who is a great athlete, more of a scorer than shooter but would fit in right at Carolina. Dante is the son of former Tar Heel Cecil Exum , so the UNC faithful are hoping his family ties, as well as the programs tradition and Coach Williams will be enough to steer him to Chapel Hill. On the other hand the NBA is knocking on Exum’s door. Most draft experts believe he will be a top 5 pick in next summer’s draft, so the chances of him attending college aren’t that good in my opinion.
I am one who believes Carolina needs a “2″ guard in this class, but as it looks less likely they’ll get one, I’ve begun to come around to the idea of playing two point guards together or playing Theo Pinson there. With that being said I believe Ol’ Roy will convince Vaughn or Exum to become a Tar Heel.