After he threw out a pretty customary slew of offers to the cream of the crop in the Class of 2021, we started seeing Roy Williams get into the guys he identified as late risers, or prospects underrated by the general public and recruiting services, or simply guys he thought would outplay their ranking in his system. First was Hunter Sallis, whose 247 Composite ranking was in the 30’s when UNC offered him but is now considered a top-20 player, then Dontrez Styles, who is ranked in the 50’s but is trending upwards according to all available information. Styles, of course, became UNC’s first commitment of the class, following players like Day’Ron Sharpe and Coby White as potentially underranked local prospects who committed almost immediately after earning a UNC offer. Now, there is a third name to add to that list: D’Marco Dunn, a wing who plays at Westover High School in Fayetteville, announced that he has an offer from Roy Williams and UNC basketball:
Blessed to receive an offer from the University of North Carolina❕ pic.twitter.com/gZ5xP0bSDE— D’Marco (@dmarcodunn) May 17, 2020
Dunn is pretty low on the national recruiting radar, but he’s been making waves recently, picking up a slew of offers in the last couple of months after people realized what a fantastic junior season he had: in his first year on the team after moving from Arizona, he led Westover to an undefeated record and state championship with a 20 points-per-game average, to go with 7 rebounds and 2 assists, and the most attractive part: a 45% mark from behind the arc. I guess his coaches and camp redoubled their efforts to get his tape noticed as it became clear we’d all be home for a while, and it seems to have worked: in just the last month, he’s picked up offers from Houston, Marquette, Xavier, Maryland, Clemson, Louisville, Wake Forest, and, of course, UNC.
Recruiting services haven’t all caught up quite yet. 247’s in-house rankings have him as a 4-star prospect and 90th in the country, but his composite ranking is 142nd, as the others haven’t updated since his rise among coaching staffs. Rivals, however, has been writing quite a bit about him lately, mentioning him as one of the players who would have benefited the most from live summer viewings and expecting him to jump into their top 150, at least (from outside 200), when their rankings are next updated. We’ll see what happens from all that, but all we really need to know is that Roy Williams thinks he’s good enough to play for the Heels. Check out some highlights to see if you agree:
For me, there’s no denying that stroke - and it’s something UNC could desperately use in the coming years. Shooters with mechanics that pure that turn them into results are rare.
Keep checking in to see how this recruitment evolves!