UNC Basketball: Tar Heels commit earns McDonald’s All-American honors

UNC basketball program will be represented by Deja Kelly at women’s 2020 McDonald’s All-American Game

In her first recruiting cycle as head coach of the North Carolina Tar Heels, Courtney Banghart managed to secure a McDonald’s All-American.

Deja Kelly, a 5-foot-8 guard from the class of 2020, was originally committed to the University of Texas. She made headlines when she committed to the Longhorns as a seventh-grader, but decommitted and reopened her recruitment in 2018. She committed to North Carolina in mid-November, giving first-year head coach Courtney Banghart her second 5-star recruit since arriving in Chapel Hill.


Kelly announced her commitment to North Carolina just three days after scoring a career-high 46 points in an 85-43 win over McKinney High School. She shot 18-for-25 from the floor in that game, including 7-for-11 from three-point range.

She averaged 16 points per game last season, as Duncanville won the District 8-6A title and finished with a record of 31-6. She was subsequently named to SportsDay’s Preseason All-Area Team for the 2019-20 season. ESPN ranks Kelly as the No. 17 player in the class of 2020. She’s ranked fifth among players at her position, and third in the state of Texas.

Kelly joins a recruiting class of five that includes 5-star forward Anya Poole, 4-star guard Kennedy Todd-Williams, and 3-star forwards Alyssa Ustby and Alexandra Zelaya. With a handful of seniors on the current UNC roster, expect the Tar Heels’ incoming freshman class to get plenty of playing time next season.

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