UNC Basketball: From Richmond, Virginia to Chapel Hill, North Carolina (again)?

The last big man that came to North Carolina from Richmond, Virginia worked out quite well. Will history repeat itself?
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It's safe to say that it worked out quite well for the UNC basketball program the last time a Richmond, Virginia big man committed to North Carolina.

Could history repeat itself?

On June 15, the first-day college coaches can directly contact the class of 2026 players, Hubert Davis and the UNC basketball program were among the many schools who contacted forward Latrell Allmond, a Richmond, Virginia native.

The 6-foot-8, 205-pound big man has received prior interest from the Tar Heels, as he's already made an unofficial visit to Chapel Hill back in September.

Allmond, the No. 34-ranked player in the 247Sports Class of 2026 rankings, is already a hot commodity on the recruiting trail. He already has 17 scholarship offers on the table, as programs such as Florida State, Louisville, NC State, LSU, Tennessee and Virginia have already extended offers his way.

Based on the continued interest, it wouldn't be a surprise at all to see an official offer extended his way in the near future.

The UNC basketball program has had past success recruiting in the Richmond, Virginia area, as Armando Bacot recently capped off a historic career as a member of the Tar Heels. It may be possible that Allmond can continue the path from Richmond, Virginia to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, as the success that Bacot had during his college career may be an enticing selling point to Allmond as he looks for his future home.

Of course, we'd be remiss to not mention that Bacot has been an elite recruiter for the UNC basketball program, as Hubert Davis may call upon his former big man to help recruit this similar talent.

The UNC basketball program will show interest in various players from the Class of 2026, as a number of student-athletes have already heard from the Tar Heels recently. The players like Allmond, who have caught the UNC basketball program's attention for quite some time, are the ones to keep an eye on, as they may end up being priority targets as the recruiting trail for this graduating class heats up.