UNC head coach Hubert Davis has offered yet another versatile big that he hopes will be able to usher in the new era of Carolina basketball, and this time the prospect is a member of the 2022 class. This past Sunday Inside Carolina’s Sherrell McMillan was able to confirm that Davis offered three-star center Will Shaver. This brings the count of prospects currently holding offers that haven’t committed to other programs to 11 in the 2022 class, and Shaver is now one of two centers being targeted.
Shaver is a 6’11 player from Oak Mountain High School in Birmingham, Alabama. He is ranked as the 16th-best center in the country, and holds other scholarships from notable schools such as Alabama, Iowa, Illinois, Florida State, Michigan, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest. Following a state championship season with Oak Mountain, Shaver is now playing for Pro 1 on the Under Armour Circuit, and is being coached by Dylan Bunnell.
Here’s what Bunnell told Inside Carolina about Shaver’s game:
“He always has this incredible stigma against him that because he’s a big man he has no skill,” Bunnell said. “We’ve had multiple games this spring where he’s made five-plus threes. He’s really talented from the perimeter, but some guys forget that they’re 6-11 and don’t want to bang around and do things in the paint. He keeps that in the forefront, knowing that that’s where he can really impact the game.”
Bunnell added in that he felt like Shaver was a unique player that can pass the ball really well and also continues to get better and better. Now that AAU season is back after the pandemic shutting things down last year, Shaver has an opportunity to continue climbing the high school rankings this summer prior to his final season at Oak Mountain. However, his final college decision is expected to come much sooner than that, as he plans to make his announcement on September 17th, which his also his 18th birthday.
As of right now, UNC has not earned a commitment in the 2022 class. While it is still fairly early, one has to wonder how everything will shake out following the retirement announcement of Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams. A lot of players received offers from Williams himself, but the Heels deciding to go with an internal hire in Hubert Davis may have been the best move for recruiting continuity, as a number of these recruits are already pretty familiar with him. Things have been quiet in terms of who might be the first to commit in this class, but hopefully some news drops before this summer is over.
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