On Wednesday, Sherrell McMillan for Inside Carolina broke the news that 6’7 guard Rechon “Leaky” Black will be returning to Concord, NC, to finish out his high school career. He will be playing for Cox Mill High School, after having spent his freshman and sophomore seasons at Concord High School and his junior year at Montverde Academy in Montverde, FL.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to have a young man with the talent and character of Leaky Black,” Cox Mill head coach Jody Barbee told McMillan. “He’s going to succeed in the classroom, and adding him to a team that won the state championship last year gives us a chance to really do something special next season.”
While Cox Mill High School managed to win the NC 3A title back in March, Black’s team in Montverde wasn’t without their own bit of success. The Eagles finished the year with a 26-5 record with a runner-up finish at the 2017 Dick’s High School Nationals. He also spent the spring playing with fellow UNC commit Coby White for Team CP3, where he averaged 8.6 points 3.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.
Currently, Leaky is ranked 64 in the ESPN 100 and is ranked 13th for his position (them as well as Scout have him listed as a small forward but he’s played a lot of guard during high school, we’ll see how Cox Mill uses him). UNC received a commitment from the four-star recruit back in January of 2016, during his last season at Concord High School where he averaged 14.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game.
There is a bit of a perk so to speak to Rechon Black coming back to NC to play for Cox Mill. Black will be playing with Wendell Moore, a five-star recruit for the 2019 class. The 6’5 small forward has received offers from UNC, Charlotte, Florida, Georgia, NC State, Syracuse, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest. According to 24/7 Sports, Duke has also shown interest in the Charlotte-native so it won’t be much of a surprise to see them make an offer in the near future.
It’s hard to foresee a situation where Black doesn’t use this opportunity to attempt to lure Moore into committing to UNC. Assuming that there are no more one-and-done players by the time Moore would set foot on campus, Moore would team up with Leaky as well as Coby White, Jalek Felton (assuming he doesn’t go pro after his sophomore year), Brandon Robinson, Seventh Woods, and Garrison Brooks, just to name a few. This doesn’t even count the prospects still out there like five-star 2018 targets Zion Williamson and Romeo Langford. If UNC can manage to land one of the two five-star recruits left on their board for the 2018 season, that might just help sweeten the pot a bit in Moore’s recruitment.
Black’s first official event with his new team will be the East Coast Invitational this weekend in Jacksonville, NC.