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UNC Tar Heels basketball recruiting: Nick Weatherspoon has North Carolina in his top 10

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On the heels of the NBA Draft where UNC lost forward Brice Johnson and guard Marcus Paige, North Carolina is looking to recruit some new talent. One such player, Nick Weatherspoon, dropped his top 10 yesterday, and the Tar Heels made the cut. His full list includes Indiana, Louisville, NC State, Georgetown, Memphis, Mississippi State, Iowa State, LSU, and Ohio State.

The six-foot-two, 173-pound shooting guard is considered a four-star player, ranking 34th overall and 9th in his position, according to Scout.com, and 42nd overall and 11th in his position, according to 247 Sports. He is also considered to be the top 2017 talent to come out of the state of Mississippi. This spring he dominated in AAU action with MBA Hoops, and was a standout player in the NBPA Top 100 Camp this year.

ESPN calls him a "strong, physical, and powerful point guard that is a terrific athlete with matching athletic ability. He is excellent at running the team and making plays in transition where he pushes that ball at high speeds." Rivals.com also considers him "explosive when turning the corner off a high ball screen, an active and quick on-the-ball defender and he flourishes in transition."

UNC made an offer back in May, and he recently paid unofficial visits to Louisville, North Carolina and NC State this month. He has also spoken to Roy Williams: "He called me and told me he likes the type of player that I am and it puts a smile on my face just to know I have Roy Williams calling for me."

Regardless of what he thinks of the Tar Heels, any school looking to recruit Weatherspoon is going to have to compete with home state Mississippi State. The Velma Jackson High School rising senior is the younger brother of Quinndary Weatherspoon, who just finished a big freshman year at the school, and it will be hard to compete with the idea of playing with his brother next season. Still, he's been unhappy being referred to as "Quinndary's younger brother," so if he wants to stand on his own, it might be possible to convince him to look elsewhere.