UNC Basketball: 5-star prospect isn’t considering Tar Heels

The UNC basketball program won’t be in consideration in the recruitment of 5-star combo guard Jalen Warley.

There’s been recent speculation that the North Carolina Tar Heels might be getting involved in the recruitment of 5-star combo guard Jalen Warley. That doesn’t appear to be the case, however, as Warley confirmed his list of finalists on Friday, and picked a decision date.

Despite cutting his list to 10 schools in early June — and not including the Tar Heels or any other traditional blue blood — there were whispers that Roy Williams and his staff might be trying to get in on the tail end of Warley’s recruitment. They either didn’t, or did and didn’t have any success, because Warley is sticking with his original list of 10 finalists, and plans to announce his college decision on August 9.

A 6-foot-5, 180-pound senior at Westtown School in Norristown, Pennsylvania, Warley is a gifted ball-handler and scorer. And he is just as good of a driver as he is a shooter. He’s also a terrific passer, capable of finding his teammates in position to score. Warley is tremendous off the bounce, and in pick-and-roll situations, and he’s aided by his size and long arms. He takes advantage of mismatches and defensive lapses, shooting three-pointers if the defender allows him too much space, or driving the lane for a layup if he gets the opportunity.

Warley, who is ranked 23rd in the class of 2021 according to the 247Sports Composite, has a top-10 list that includes Florida State, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, Memphis, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon and Virginia. Those are the teams he’ll be deciding between just over a week from now, and nobody seems to have much of a handle on where he might end up.

The one thing we do know is that it won’t be North Carolina.

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