There’s usually a flurry of recruiting activity following any big evaluation event, and this past weekend was one of the biggest. UNC got in on the action early, extending its first 2021 offer to potentially the best player in the class, Paolo Banchero.
But the recruits have their own decision making process to go through at events like this as well, communicating with various coaches and seeing how they mesh with various personalities. A lot of high schoolers leave these things with clearer ideas of where they want to be for the next step in their basketball journeys, with all the information they could want about any school they could want just over on the sidelines. So it makes sense that we’re seeing some list cut-downs from various prospects. Last night, UNC found itself on one of these cutdowns, an unusually early (though not the first we’ve seen) top 5 from small forward Cam’Ron Fletcher:
The St. Louis product included UNC alongside Kentucky, Michigan State, Alabama, and hometown Missouri in his top 5.
The 6’6, 195-pound Fletcher is a 4-star wing according to all major recruiting services and has been ranked anywhere from 32nd to 37th as a player in his class. UNC offered him pretty recently after he impressed Roy Williams at the NBPA Top 100 camp, and he has not visited Chapel Hill yet. He’s officially visited Michigan State and unofficially visited Kentucky and Missouri, so UNC can be considered to be lagging behind those three programs in this recruitment until he comes to campus.
Fletcher is the 3rd player at his position that Williams has offered in the 2020 class, after Ziaire Williams, one of the very best players in the class, and Puff Johnson, another 4-star prospect ranked in the nation’s top 50. It’s becoming clear with Johnson and Fletcher that Williams is looking for a multi-year wing, and Fletcher fits that profile to a T both with his style of play and the skill level he has displayed thus far.
We’ll update you on this recruitment as it progresses; hopefully the next step is a visit to Chapel Hill. The process is now really in full swing.