UNC Basketball: Tar Heels ‘could be a tough team to beat’ for D’Marco Dunn

Roy Williams, UNC basketball program “could be a tough team to beat” for 2021 shooting guard D’Marco Dunn.

Roy Williams and the North Carolina Tar Heels extended their eighth scholarship offer to a 2021 prospect on Sunday afternoon, and they may already have a leg up on the competition for his commitment.

D’Marco Dunn, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound shooting guard, confirmed the scholarship offer Sunday night, noting that it came during a lengthy conversation with Williams, their second of the week. A senior at Westover High School in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Dunn adds his UNC offer to a growing list that includes Clemson, Houston, Marquette, Maryland, Wichita State and Xavier, among others.

A terrific junior season has dramatically improved Dunn’s stock with coaches and scouts. It should be expected that offers will continue to pour in, particularly as his ranking continues to rise — something that Rivals recruiting analyst Dan McDonald stated would happen in a couple of weeks. But despite Dunn’s growing popularity on the recruiting trail, McDonald’s colleague, Eric Bossi, thinks that North Carolina could be the team to beat.

“This spring we’ve been writing about how junior shooting guard D’Marco Dunn would have seen his stock soar had he been able to play in front of coaches,” Bossi writes. “He’s a big-time shooter with deep range and a skilled off-the-dribble scorer. . .”

“On Sunday, Dunn — who will enter the 2021 Rivals150 when we update it two weeks from now — added another big offer when home-state North Carolina offered him a scholarship joining the likes of Clemson, Maryland, Texas, Xavier and Vanderbilt among others.

After playing his first two seasons in Arizona, Dunn moved to Fayetteville (N.C.) Westover and helped lead it to a 30-0 record during the 2019-20 season. Dunn hasn’t named any leaders, but depending on who else joins in, the Heels could be a tough team to beat.”

Dunn’s got an incredibly smooth, high release from beyond the arc that helps him knock down a good percentage of his three-point attempts. His long-range prowess forces the opposition to respect him from anywhere on the court, and helps spread out the defense. He’s improving as a ball handler, and can hit shots from mid-range. He’s got speed in the open court, and runs the floor well on the fast break. He’ll also drive the lane, and finish strong in the paint from time to time.

“I feel like I do a bit of everything,” Dunn told 247Sports on Sunday night. “I shoot the ball well and make the right play for my team. I’m working on my handle, and getting my body more college ready.”

Dunn averaged 20.4 points, 7.2 rebounds two assists and 2.7 steals per game. He also shot 45 percent from three-point range en route to a perfect 30-0 season at Westover. He’s only ranked 142nd overall according to the 247Sports Composite, but the Top247 places him at No. 90 in the class of 2021. Expect both to improve greatly in the coming months.

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