Heels Not Done With 2014 Class

EAGAN, Minn. -- Theo Pinson's commitment was a major boost to North Carolina's recruiting class, but the Tar Heels aren't done with the Class of 2014 just yet.

Last week Theo Pinson joined fellow wing Justin Jackson and point guard Joel Berry to comprise a trio of Top 20 commitments for the Tar Heels.

Wings Devin Booker, Ahmed Hill and Rashad Vaughn all confirmed to Inside Carolina this weekend that the UNC staff continues to target them following Pinson's commitment.

Devin Booker is a sweet-shooting wing guard on Alabama Challenge with the ability to handle and pass a bit as well. Booker said that Carolina has been in touch with him this week and that nothing has changed in his current recruitment in regards to the Tar Heels.

"I texted with Coach Robinson," Booker said. "They just said they need a shooter now and I think that's where I can fit in because that's probably the best part of my game. I think I can fit in (with what they need)."

UNC has offered Booker a scholarship and he's very intrigued at the possibility of playing with Pinson, Jackson and Berry.

"You want to play with a team with the same goal you have," Booker said. "With those top players, they all compete the hardest. We're all in the EYBL and I feel like we'd be really prepared if we went together."

Pinson and Booker have also met and competed against each other in the past through Nike Camps and the AAU circuit.

"Me and Theo, we talk every now and then, being at all the camps and stuff," Booker said. "We go to Kevin Durant's and LeBron's camps together; so we're pretty cool. It's not like brothers or anything, but we talk a lot."

Vaughn is another high-caliber two-guard that Carolina has offered. The Minnesota native was one of the centers of attention from the local crowd at the Minneapolis-area EYBL weekend. And although the star of Wisconsin Playground Elite was one of the most popular interview subjects by the local media, he's still a ways from making more headway in his recruiting process

"I'll probably wait to make a commitment sometime my senior year," Vaughn said. "Whenever it feels right then I'll do it and make my commitment."

Vaughn's timeframe may go a bit longer than some other Carolina targets, but the UNC staff has also kept in touch with him about Pinson's commitment and how Vaughn could fit in at Carolina.

"They're still recruiting me hard," Vaughn said. "(Pinson's commitment) doesn't change my opinion or how I feel about North Carolina. So, I'm still the same with them."

Vaughn also noted that Tar Heel head coach Roy Williams had been in touch during the week and relayed a message to him.

"He said it would probably be the best class and the best team if I came along with Theo, Joel and Justin," Vaughn said.

Like Booker, Vaughn has interacted with Pinson and the other Carolina commitments on a surface level and keeps in touch from time-to-time.

"We're all cool. When we see each other we say, 'What's up?'" Vaughn said. "We'll talk on Twitter a little bit, but that's about it."

The other 2014 wing with a UNC scholarship offer, D'Angelo Russell, was not in attendance at this past weekend's EYBL event and was therefore unavailable for an interview for this article.

Carolina was also in contact with Hill, a scoring guard on Southern Stampede, during the week. Hill, who claims scholarship offers from Indiana, Marquette, Texas, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Tennessee, said that Carolina and Louisville are showing interest but have yet to offer.

Hill and UNC discussed Pinson's commitment and what it means to his recruitment pertaining to Carolina.

"They told me their situation about their one scholarship and they like me a lot; they just want to see me play more in July," Hill said of Carolina. "I talked with Coach Hubert (Davis) and they let me know their situation."

While Carolina has yet to step forward with a scholarship offer, Hill is familiar with the style of play and thinks it could be a potential match.

"I think I fit (Carolina's) style of play," Hill said. "They let their guards control the game and play an up-tempo game and that's the style I like to play."


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