Beginning last year, the NCAA now allows high school juniors to make official college visits. In the past those visits were confined to a player's senior year, and the new rule produced several early commitments in 2013.
North Carolina was among the schools to pounce on the opportunity. The Tar Heels did their best work with the current senior class last winter, and they're now set to host an in-state talent for an official visit.
Brandon Ingram, a 6-8 forward who continues to grow both literally and in terms of game, will visit UNC officially on January 26, when the Tar Heels face Clemson. Ingram has made repeated unofficial trips to Chapel Hill and now will receive the red carpet treatment, given that Roy Williams offered the Kinston (N.C.) High star last summer.
Ingram's connection and linkage to UNC is pronounced — he played last summer for a team coached by Jerry Stackhouse — and the Tar Heels historically have recruited Kinston very well. That said, N.C. State also has offered and is working hard in the recruitment, and recently Duke has picked up its interest level as well.