UNC Basketball: Will Trevor Keels visit North Carolina before committing?

Will the UNC basketball program get a visit from Trevor Keels, or will the 5-star shooting guard commit elsewhere before the NCAA’s recruiting freeze is over?

Nobody seems to know what direction 5-star shooting guard Trevor Keels is leaning, if any, and that’s evidenced by the lack of predictions from college basketball insiders and recruiting experts on both 247Sports and Rivals. Not a single person on either site has published a prediction regarding the Keels recruitment, and it remains largely a mystery as he begins his senior year at Paul VI Catholic.

A 6-foot-5, 210-pound shooting guard from Fairfax, Virginia, Keels is an athletic player that can score from all three levels. He’s got great strength for a shooting guard, and length that should help him create mismatches on both ends of the court. He’s a solid rebounder for his position, and a capable defender. Those traits have the nearly two-dozen schools that have offered him a scholarship salivating, hoping to reel in one of the nation’s top perimeter players in the 2021 cycle.

But who will it be? That’s something that nobody has been able to answer, including Rivals recruiting analyst Corey Evans, who doesn’t even have a guess as to where Keels might end up as of now.

“That is a tough one, because it’s been difficult to get a read on Trevor Keels and Jalen Warley,” Evans writes. “There was a point earlier in the spring when Keels was close to committing to Villanova, but the Wildcats could face a more difficult path in landing him after its two recent guard commitments. Could that mean Virginia is the team to beat? I am not sure that I would go that far just yet. Keels has not shown his hand as far as when he might commit, potentially because he is hoping that he could visit a few of his suitors before deciding. That could only help Duke, North Carolina and a number of others.”

Duke, Florida, Louisville, Marquette, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio State, Seton Hall, Villanova and Virginia highlight a growing list of contenders for Keels, and all of them still appear to be in play. If and when Keels will cut down his list is unknown at this time, but my assumption is that we’ll get a decision for him some time in the winter. That would potentially give him time to visit some of the schools that have offered him before making a decision based on phone calls and virtual visits.

Keels is currently ranked No. 16 in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite. He’s second among shooting guards in the class, and No. 1 in the state of Virginia. He’s ranked similarly on Rivals, which has him 14th overall and third among shooting guards.

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