UNC Basketball program finishes 2024 recruiting cycle with top-10 class

The UNC basketball program has done rather well in the 2024 recruiting cycle, as their three-player class has earned a top-10 ranking by 247Sports.
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It's officially time to wrap up the recruiting cycle for the Class of 2024, as 247Sports has released its final individual rankings for this talented graduating class.

Along with the individual rankings comes the final team rankings, as Hubert Davis and the UNC basketball program have secured a top-10 spot.

The Tar Heels are ranked No. 9 in 247Sports' final team rankings. Although their three-player class may not be big in terms of quantity, it has plenty of quality to compensate.

Class Overview: 3 Commits | 98.64 Avg. Rating | 64.32 Points

Headliner: 5-Star SG Ian Jackson

"It is a modest class in volume for North Carolina, but the quality of the Tar Heels' individual signees goes toe-to-toe with any haul in the 2024 cycle. Only seven schools have a higher average player rating, and that is in large part due to two-thirds of UNC's class holding five-star status. Shooting guard Ian Jackson is the nation's No. 8 overall prospect, and small forward Drake Powell checks in just behind him at No. 11. The former already embraced the rivalry with Duke ahead of his freshman season."

North Carolina reeled in two five-star recruits: Ian Jackson (No. 8 overall in the class) and Drake Powell (No. 11 overall). The recruiting class is finished off by four-star big man James Brown.


Fans of the UNC basketball program are anxious to see these players in Carolina Blue, as both Jackson and Powell are expected to make immediate impacts this upcoming season. Brown may take some time to develop, but the ceiling is very high for the Link Academy standout.

It's important to remember that Elliot Cadeau was supposed to be a part of this class, as he would've been another five-star talent added to this class. If he didn't elect to re-classify, the Tar Heels easily would have been a top-5 team in terms of recruiting rankings for this respective recruiting cycle.

As always: the future appears to be very bright in Chapel Hill.