UNC Basketball: Nassir Little, Coby White on why they picked Tar Heels

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 28: Nassir Little
ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 28: Nassir Little /

UNC recruits Nassir Little and Coby White discuss why they picked the Tar Heels in their recruiting process

With the two big high school all-star games complete in the McDonald’s Game and Jordan Brand Classic, the focus now shifts to when the recruits arrive on campus.

For Nassir Little, he’s coming off one of an impressive two-week stretch in which he took home the MVP of the McDonald’s All-American Game and co-MVP of the Jordan Brand Classic. The five-star recruit has seen his play improve drastically over the past two weeks and now UNC fans are excited about the incoming class.

His future teammate, Coby White, also looked impressive in both games and earned some positive reports from analysts on his shooting ability.

Both players are five-star recruits in the Tar Heels 2018 class that is ranked in the Top 10 and will begin a new era in Chapel Hill next season.

During the Jordan Brand Classic, Razz and Jazz Sports caught up with both recruits to ask them about their recruiting process. They each revealed why they picked UNC over other schools that showed interest.

“You know, choosing the decision is really hard,” Little said. “You have to weigh the pros and cons and every school has pros and cons. But I had to go with my gut feeling.”

Little was the third recruit to commit to UNC’s 2018 class joining White and Rechon Black. For him, he loved the fit of Williams’ style of play.

“I felt like they fitted me in regards to how they play,” Little said. “Coach (Williams) is a great coach and he can win with all types of talent. I feel like if I give him a player like myself and add that with guys like Coby and Rechon Black, I think we can really be a team that can contend for a national championship.”

Little is the highest-ranked recruit in the 2018 class for the Tar Heels and his stock is only going up after his recent performances.

Along with Little, White is also a top 25 recruit in the 2018 class. The North Carolina product has really elevated his game since picking UNC back in 2016.

For White, his decision came down to the bond that the players have at Carolina.

“The school I wanted to go to was at least somewhere that was family-oriented, has loyalty and coach is going to keep it real with me and tell me what I want to hear and don’t want to hear at the same time,” White said.

White went on to praise that Carolina Family vibe that the Tar Heels have and praised coach Williams along the way.

“Coach (Williams) took me in like I was his son,” White said. “He cares for me. Not because I was just good at basketball but for the character of who I was. All of that came into play and UNC hit all the checkpoints on my list.”

With the Tar Heels 2018 class pretty much wrapped up, this group should mix in well with the returning players. The Tar Heels should be in contention to make a run at an ACC title and a deep NCAA Tournament run.

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We won’t get to see the look of the new team until training camp begins in October but for now, UNC fans should be excited about this recruiting class as it’s one of Roy’s best in the past five or so years.