According to Carolina Blue, UNC’s Head Coach Roy Williams “went to watch” 2014 shooting guard Elijah Stewart. The 6’5 four star prospect from Los Angeles is a knockdown jump shooter as well as a terrific athlete. Stewart’s outside shooting ability would be welcome in Chapel Hill, but is there any room left for another perimeter player?
As of right now, the Tar Heels are stacked with players on the perimeter and on the wing. The returning players include star guard Marcus Paige, the high-flying guard/forward J.P. Tokoto and point guard Nate Britt. And when you add the highly touted incoming freshman (f Justin Jackson,g/f Theo Pinson and pg Joel Berry) to the mix, the available PT will most likely be little to none. On the other hand, Paige is the only consistent long-range threat on the squad, so potentially adding Stewart would definitely fill a void.
It’s been no secret that Ol’ Roy wanted a sharpshooter to round out the 2014 class. But when he missed on Robert Johnson and Rashad Vaughn, most of the Carolina faithful had come to the realization that the Tar Heels would not land that coveted “shooter” this recruiting cycle. And that was OK. Then a coaching change happened at Loyola Marymount and all of a sudden one of the best shooters in the 2014 class was on the open market. Coach Williams was one of the first to reach out to Stewart and on Tuesday he paid the young man a visit. According to reports there are several teams interested in Elijah’s services and UNC is right amongst that group. Although Roy Williams hasn’t officially offered this young man, no one should be surprised if he does. Should Stewart get an offer I believe the Heels will be the favorite to land him.
Bottomline, I have no issues with UNC going after Elijah Stewart because he can make 3 point shots. However, if he ends up at Carolina I’m not sure how much he would contribute in 2014-2015 because the minutes just won’t be there.
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