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UNC basketball recruiting: Coby White upgraded to a five-star prospect

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A Tar Heels recruit just got better

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The Tar Heel’s 2018 basketball recruiting class is getting just a little bit better now that current commit Coby White has been upgraded to a five-star prospect. This decision makes certain that UNC brings in a five-star player three seasons in a row, after recruiting point guard Jalek Felton in 2017 and center Tony Bradley in 2016. This is good to see.

White has been with the Tar Heels for a long time now after agreeing to a scholarship offer back in July of 2016. The North Carolina native claims that a visit to campus in June of that year, where he played with Kennedy Meeks, Joel Berry, Tyler Zeller, and Raymond Felton, proved to be the difference maker for him.

Since that time, the six-foot-four, 170-pound combo guard has had time to grow into his body and improve his play on the court. At the time he committed, White was the 79th-best player in his class, the no. 5 player from North Carolina, and the third ranked player at his position.

By March of this year, his rankings were upgraded to consider him the top talent from his home state. Now, 247Sports has him as the no. 22 overall prospect in the composite rankings. They also list him as the no. 3 combo guard in the nation.

The 2018 recruiting class also included four-star point guard Rechon Black. Over the next year, the Tar Heels will look to bring in a few more players to round out the class. Biggest among them would be small forward Zion Williamson, another five-star recruit and one of the best players in 2018.

Upgrading White’s prospect status is a nice way to recognize the success he has had in high school to this point. If he follows through on his commitment to North Carolina, this won’t mean much in the end, but it’s still nice to see.