There are a few players in the 2018 recruiting class that are still available, and North Carolina is apparently going to leave no stone unturned. McDonald’s All-American Jordan Brown is among those who has not made a decision and reportedly remains open to a wide variety of suitors. As Adam Zagoria reported yesterday, UNC has at least reached out to gauge interests in the California product who plays at Prolific Prep in Napa, California.
While the details of UNC’s interests weren’t made known, it should not be surprising that the coaching staff at least touched base with Brown. A 6’11”, 190lb power forward, Brown would provide depth and talent to a position that enters the offseason with plenty of questions. If Garrison Brooks or Sterling Manley don’t make the improvements that many hope and think they can make, the Heels will struggle to find offensive production in the paint next season.
There was no mention or indication the interest was reciprocated, and any excitement or curiosity should remain low. Truthfully, it would be a (very welcome) surprise if a West Coast player decided to head over to Chapel Hill. After multiple transfers in from 2008-2011, most notably Larry Drew II, the Heels unofficially slowed their recruiting efforts on that side of the country. However, with at least one scholarship to give for next year, reaching out to a top-20 talent is worth a phone call.
In the meantime, the Heels will also continue their pursuit of fellow McDonald’s All-American E.J. Montgomery and fans can enjoy highlights of Nassir Little from last week’s McDonald’s All-American game.