UNC Basketball: Is this 5-star big man leaning toward the Tar Heels?

Does North Carolina have the edge in Isaiah Todd’s recruitment?

There are just 10 remaining uncommitted prospects in the class of 2019 within the top-50 of the 247Sports Composite. And while there is still plenty of recruiting left to be done for those 10 players, much of the focus has shifted to the class of 2020 and beyond.

For Roy Williams and the North Carolina Tar Heels, there’s still work left to do in the recruitment of five-star point guard Cole Anthony. The Tar Heels are off to a good start with Anthony, who many believe to be leaning toward North Carolina at this point in his recruitment. Regardless, an announcement from Anthony isn’t expected until well into the spring of 2019.

And while Anthony represents one of the Tar Heels’ few remaining targets in the 2019 class — and by far the most likely to commit — Williams and his coaching staff are already pushing hard for a number of talented prospects in the class of 2020.

One of those prospects is Isaiah Todd, a five-star power forward and one of the top front court players in the class of 2020. Williams and assistant coach Hubert Davis have already made Todd one of their top priorities in the class, and he’s just the type of big man who would fit well into the Tar Heels’ high-octane offense.

The 6-foot-10, 200-pound Todd has a seven-foot wingspan and a standing reach of nearly nine feet. He has tremendous quickness and athleticism for his size, and plays very well in transition — something that would be particularly useful in a North Carolina uniform.

He’s got a nice offensive game that features an ability to shoot the ball from all over the court. As his game progresses, he may even be able to shoot well with regularity from beyond the three-point line. Not only that, but he can also easily finish above the rim, and with either hand.

The good news? Todd is already taking a long look at the Tar Heels — making multiple trips to the UNC campus in the past two weeks — turning them into a popular early favorite for the elite forward. Rivals recruiting analyst Corey Evans spoke on that recently, noting that the Tar Heels stand to be a major player in his recruitment throughout.

“. . . five-star junior Isaiah Todd has unofficially visited North Carolina twice in the last two weeks,” Evans said. “It does help that Todd relocated for his junior year and is now less than 30-minute drive from campus, but the Tar Heels have placed a heavy priority on him. Todd is not expected to make a commitment anytime soon, but North Carolina will remain a major presence in his recruitment until his decision is made.

A junior at Trinity Academy of Raleigh, Todd already has scholarship offers from more than 20 schools including Kansas, Florida, Florida State, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, UCLA, Villanova and Wake Forest. There will also likely be heavy interest shown from both Duke and Kentucky before all is said and done.

Don’t expect an announcement from Todd any time soon, though. A college decision from him before next season would be awfully surprising.

Todd is the No. 13 prospect in the 2020 class according to the 247Sports Composite. He’s the No. 2 power forward in the class, and the top player from the state of Virginia.