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Trio of UNC basketball recruits announced official visits

This week, three high profile recruits confirmed dates for their pending official visits.

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Two weeks ago, we gave a quick rundown of basketball recruits who had scheduled official visits to Chapel Hill. This past week, three more recruits nailed down their dates. Over the next two months, North Carolina wil welcome seven recruits from the class of 2019. Only one legitimate target, power forward Matthew Hurt, has not yet confirmed his dates — assuming UNC gets one. Below is an updated rundown of the newer developments.

New Confirmed Official Visits

Boogie Ellis
Point/Shooting Guard
6’2, 185 lbs
Mission Bay High School (San Diego, CA)
247 Sports Composite: Four-star, #35 overall

Boogie was a surprise addition a few weeks ago. In the wake of Tre Mann’s commitment to Florida, the UNC coaching staff shifted their focus to the scorer from California. Since then, Ellis has dropped Gonzaga from his official visit list, and replaced them with UNC. Other schools include USC, San Diego St, Georgia Tech, and Arizona. Ellis will visit Chapel Hill for Late Night With Roy from October 12-14. He’ll be joined by 2019 target Wendell Moore and 2020 commit Day’ron Sharpe.

Cole Anthony
Point/Shooting Guard
6’3, 185 lbs
Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA)
247 Sports Composite: Five-Star, #2 overall

Anthony was arguably the biggest recruit to announce an official visit. The top-rated guard in the class of 2019, Anthony would arguably be the biggest recruiting win since Harrison Barnes. With a recruitment that has largely been a secret, many expect Anthony to make a decision in the spring. He recently released a final 12, but that’s not stopping him from getting to Chapel Hill this fall for his first official visit. After visiting Notre Dame this weekend, he’ll be in town on September 28th.

Josh Green
Small Forward
6’6, 190 lbs
IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL)
247 Sports Composite: Five-Star, #10 overall

The third UNC target of the out of IMG Academy, Green announced visits to both Arizona and UNC. The Heels get first crack at the top-10 talent on September 21st. That is the same weekend that his teammate Jeremiah Robinson-Earl will be on campus. The two will also visit Arizona together in October. Draw whatever conclusions you want, but remember “package” recruiting deals rarely come to fruition.

Previous Confirmed Official Visits

Wendell Moore
Small Forward
6’5, 210 lbs
Cox Mill (Concord, NC)
247 Sports Composite: Five-Star, #24 overall

The in-state product has been on the calendar since July. He’ll make his official visit to UNC for Late Night With Roy in October. It will be his final official visit after taking trips to Duke, N.C. State, and Wake Forest. He recently removed South Carolina from his final list and cancelled a previously scheduled visit.

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl
Power Forward
6’9, 235 lbs
IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL)
247 Sports Composite: Five-Star, #17 overall

One of the “IMG 3”, Robinson-Earl will be making the trek up the east coast on September 21st. The top-20 power forward listed Notre Dame, Kansas, Arizona and Villanova as other schools who will also receive visits. Robinson-Earl is originally from Kansas, and his dad played for Roy Williams.

Vernon Carey Jr.
Power Forward
6’9, 245 lbs
University School (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
247 Sports Composite: Five-Star, #2 Overall

The highly ranked big man scheduled visits to Miami, Duke, Kentucky, and UNC throughout the fall. He’ll finally make his way up to Chapel Hill on November 2nd for what will possibly be his final visit. Carey has already used one official visit to Michigan State this past February, but the recently revised NCAA recruiting rules could allow him to take a second visit to Lansing.

Keion Brooks
Small Forward
6’8, 185 lbs
North Side (Fort Wayne, IN)
247 Sports Composite: Five Star, #16 Overall

The small forward out of the Midwest will also visit North Carolina on November 2, joining Vernon Carey. Brooks recently completed a visit to UCLA, and will travel to Indiana later this month. Michigan State is also expected to receive a visit. If a fifth visit is being planned, the recipient has not been announced.

Remaining Targets

Power forward Matthew Hurt stated earlier this year that he will take all five visits and aim for a decision this fall. Those have not been decided yet, but he has begun scheduling in-home visits. UNC’s date is not yet confirmed.

Eliminated Targets

Tre Mann will not take his previously planned September 14 visit to North Carolina, as he announced his commitment to the Florida Gators last week. His decision ultimately led to the coaching staff reaching out to Ellis.

Additionally, Texas big man Will Baker announced his official visits last week, and UNC was not among those listed. That should be no surprise. After the Heels landed Armando Bacot, the writing was on the wall that both parties were officially ready to move on from that recruitment.

We’ll continue to update this list as more official visits are announced. Check out our weekly Recruiting recap every Thursday for the most up-to-date information.