On Tuesday afternoon, Roy Williams offered Trey Kaufman, a 6-foot-8, 210 pound forward, a basketball scholarship. Kaufman plays his high school ball at Silver Creek (Sellersburg, IN) High School and travel ball with Indiana Elite. They tweeted their congratulations at the news:
Congrats to Trey Kaufman on Receiving an offer from the University of North Carolina! #IEFamily pic.twitter.com/k9H1d1XcSN— Indiana Elite (@IndianaElite) July 28, 2020
Kaufman is the ninth player offered in the 2021 class (tenth if you count the recently reclassified Caleb Houstan, whose offer rolls over from 2022) and second power forward. 247Sports has his class ranking at 40, but drops to 59 in the 247Sports Composite. Roy Williams has offered an intriguing variety of 2021 wing players, and Kaufman may consider himself one of them, but his highlights suggest that he will earn most of his minutes in the post.
The polite demeanor and thorough basketball knowledge displayed in the local Louisville news piece shows a kid who fits in perfectly at Carolina. He carries a 4.0 GPA and is ranked #1 academically in his class, which would give him a fighting chance in CHEM 102 - General Descriptive Chemistry II.
It will be interesting to see if Trey Kaufman becomes the next Hoosier to escape the barren landscape of Indiana for the unmatched beauty of Chapel Hill. He would join such Indiana legends as Eric Montross, Sean May, and Tyler Zeller, all of whom maintain residences in North Carolina, because it’s better there.
Without the ability to visit school campuses, and with the high school basketball season in flux or in doubt, it’s too early to predict which way Kaufman is leaning. During these turbulent times, it will be difficult pulling a recruit far from home. If any coach in America can, it’s certainly Roy Williams. The family environment of his program and his genuine love for the school and all of its programs will hopefully put nervous hearts at ease.