UNC Basketball: Analyst says it’s “next to impossible” for UNC to land this 5-star

It doesn’t look good for the UNC Basketball program in the recruitment of this five-star recruit on the West Coast according to an analyst

The recruitment for five-star forward Ziaire Williams is still ongoing as we are in a quiet period until at least mid-April for college basketball. While it’s postponed visits all over the country, there has still been some recruiting news.

For North Carolina, while they weren’t going to make the 2020 NCAA Tournament, the focus has shifted to next season.

UNC is welcoming in a 2020 recruiting class that is ranked No. 3 overall with three five-star recruits and two four-star recruits coming in. There are brighter days ahead for the program backed by this class and the return of a few key players.

But could UNC add another elite prospect to the class?

They still have offers out for a few different recruits in 2020 including the five-star prospect Williams. The forward out of the West Coast has been a UNC target for over two years now and the Tar Heels were able to make a great impression early on in his recruitment. Since then, however, they have appeared to lose steam and the chances of landing Williams seem slim.

Recruiting analyst Eric Bossi of Rivals broke down each team left in Williams’ recruitment and made the case for who has the best chance to land him. All but one team, UNC. Bossi broke down Arizona, Stanford, and USC as he listed those three teams as the favorites. For the Tar Heels, Bossi made it simple and said there is a very slim chance they land him whenever the recruit makes his decision:

While Roy Williams and the Heels made a tremendous early impression, it is looking like it’s going to be next to impossible to pull Williams off the West Coast. Oregon hasn’t been able to get a visit from him yet, which leaves Arizona, Stanford and USC as the three programs with the strongest chance to land Williams.

While UNC hasn’t officially been eliminated by Williams, it’s clear that he will end up on the West Coast when it’s all said and done. The Tar Heels currently don’t have a scholarship open, barring any chances, and would need one open to land Williams.

The other obstacle is not being able to visit Williams before his recruitment is finished due to the quiet period. All UNC can do is be in contact via phone or social media. Still, I wouldn’t get my hopes up to land this top recruit.

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