UNC Basketball: Tar Heels still in the lead for 4-star PF De’Ante Green?

Class of 2022 prospect wants family environment at the collegiate level, and who better to give it to him than the UNC basketball program?

De’Ante Green named the North Carolina Tar Heels to a list of six finalists that he announced in late February. Joining the Tar Heels on Green’s list of potential schools was Florida State, NC State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

In the month or so since his announcement, it’s been North Carolina, and North Carolina alone, that has received all of the buzz surrounding his recruitment. And perhaps that’s because of Green’s repeated comments about the importance of having a family environment at the college of his choosing.

“. . . I don’t think I am going to cut my list anymore but right now I am wanting to hold off on making a final decision until they open up visits. I want to see these schools, and get a feel for them,” Green said in a recent interview with Rivals’ Jamie Shaw. “I will be looking for a school that tags me in as family, seeing who builds that relationship the best, and a program who lets me play like me and won’t try to change me.”

Given that Green is intent on visiting each of his six finalists, a trip to North Carolina’s state-of-the-art facilities should only help the Tar Heels. Between that and their rich basketball history, the Tar Heels should remain in the short list of favorites for the 4-star power forward. He’s noted on multiple occasions that North Carolina is his “dream school”, and analysts across multiple recruiting platforms agree that the Tar Heels are in the lead for his commitment.

“You know Carolina is Carolina, being from here, you can’t really say anything more than that,” Green said of the Tar Heels, who offered him a scholarship in December. “Getting an offer from them was just a dream come true really.”

Green, who led his team to a NCISAA 3-A state championship victory over Gaston Christian School last month, is the No. 21 power forward in the class of 2022 according to the 247Sports Composite. He’s 13th in the Top247, however, and the consensus top-ranked player in the state of North Carolina, and one that the state’s flagship school would not like to see get away.

Green’s recruitment still has a ways to go, particularly since he wants to make campus visits to each school prior to announcing his decision. In the mean time, look for the Tar Heels to remain a heavy favorite for Green.

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