This afternoon, five-star 2019 prospect Josh Green announced the six schools that he will focus on for the remainder of his recruiting process.
UNC entered the race for the Australian wing when Roy Williams offered Green following the evaluation process a few weeks ago. Green was just one of two 2019 targets offered during that time, and it seems as though Roy’s offer didn’t fall on deaf ears. Green joins notable targets such as Wendell Moore and Armando Bacot as players in the 2019 class that have announced UNC as one of their finalists.
Last week, ZagsBlog.com got to speak to Josh Green and get his thoughts on Roy Williams and his program:
“Roy Williams, he’s really nice. He was talking about how I would fit into their style of play really well, an up and down style, getting up on defense. He also said he would like me to play a combo guard position. It’s a great overall program, the success he’s had with players as well.”
Inside Carolina also got to speak with Green, and found out that he has followed UNC basketball since he was a child:
“I know a lot [about UNC],” Green told Inside Carolina. “Growing up, that was kind of the school I always kind of followed being in Australia. ... It was definitely a school I really liked when I was younger. I know a lot about the program and how they play.”
Josh Green is a 6’6 forward that plays for the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL. He is the 11th best prospect in the 2019 class, and is the 3rd best small forward in the country according to the 247 Sports Composite. 247 Sports National Basketball Recruiting Director Evan Daniels described Green as an athletic wing who can play multiple positions and has been able to get going on the perimeter as of late. With the potential of UNC freshman Nassir Little going to the NBA Draft next spring, Green would make for a capable replacement and would make for yet another potential OAD player that Roy Williams has managed to recruit in the past few years.
When looking at Green’s list of schools, it’s not as daunting as some of the schools UNC has to battle against to get other players on the 2019 recruiting board. Kansas and Arizona may prove to be the most challenging of the bunch, while Villanova could play as a sleeper as well. Given Nova’s recent history, they have been excellent at getting strong shooters and players that can play multiple positions on the floor. With Roy looking to utilize Green in different spots, one can only imagine that Jay Wright is thinking the same thing.
247 Sports has given UNC an 87% chance to lock down Green in their Crystal Ball prediction, which is quite a shift from what it was at the beginning of July. It’ll be important for Williams & Co. to stay on top of Green, as Arizona has made a strong push for him since the beginning of his recruitment. Hopefully we will find out more about potential visits in the near future, but in the meantime, this is yet another recruit that is worth keeping an eye on as the Heels begin to build their 2019 class.