Many believe that if the Tar Heels are to be successful going forward, they will need to recruit some big men. It seems the school is taking that to heart as they shift their focus to four-star power forward Jericho Sims.
Playing for Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Minnesota has limited the amount of top competition the six-foot-eight, 190-pound talent has seen, leading him to receive minimal attention from major programs until this season. Now he holds offers from the likes of Minnesota, Texas, Auburn, Connecticut, Ohio State, Florida, and many more. UNC has yet to offer, but Roy Williams is reportedly showing a lot of interest. It would seem that Sims impressed him after his time in Las Vegas and at the adidas Nation event.
Despite only recent attention, Sims currently ranks 130th on the national composite for the class of 2017. He is also the 28th-best power forward and the fourth-best talent to come out of Minnesota. Scout.com believes he has a lot of potential that he will discover as his body continues to grow.
Jericho Sims has an impressive basketball frame and is equipped with wide shoulders and a lengthy set of arms. In time, his body will continue to fill out and he should end up a very strong college basketball player.
They also compliment his instincts and rebounding skills, but caution that he’s still raw when it comes to his offensive game. Overall, though, they see a lot of upside.
Right now Minnesota is considered to be the frontrunner on Sims as 247Sports has him 67% likely to join the Gophers, with Texas at 33%. He has connections to Minnesota with his father playing basketball there and his brother being a former member of the football team. Sims has yet to release his top schools, but with UNC entering the fray, things could get a lot more competitive going forward.