Roy Williams Visits Adebayo

Though there was some mutual interest, UNC's recruitment of Edrice "Bam Bam" Adebayo had been standard fare until Monday. That's when Roy Williams took a trip to Adebayo's high school.

Fresh off a win over No. 3 Louisville at the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic in Connecticut the day before, Williams visited Pinetown (N.C.) Northside on Monday morning. He observed second period, a P.E. class taught by Northside head coach Mike Proctor. NCAA rules prohibited Williams from speaking directly with Adebayo, the No. 12 ranked player in the class of 2016 by Scout.com. He did, however, spend time with Proctor.

"It's a pretty good trip down here," Proctor said. "He seemed to like him. Workout isn't a proper term for what it was. He came to my P.E. class and certain days we do basketball drills with some of the players on the teams. But, I think he liked him. I hope he did."

Williams did not offer Adebayo a scholarship nor discuss it with Proctor. However, every other class of 2016 prospect Williams has personally visited – guard Seventh Woods, wing Jayson Tatum and forward Harry Giles – ended up receiving a UNC scholarship offer.

UNC's recruitment of Adebayo, in essence, began when assistant Steve Robinson watched the 6-foot-8, 232-pound forward during the fall evaluation period. Robinson invited Adebayo and his mother, Marilyn Blount, to both "Late Night with Roy" and UNC's game in the Smith Center against Belmont last weekend.

During the latter visit, Adebayo and his mother toured UNC's basketball facilities and talked briefly with Williams.

"That trip was really good," said Proctor. "They treated us well, like we figured they would. Bam enjoyed it, but he's been to some games before. He's been to some football l games there and he's been to a lot of different events. I think he had a good time sitting there and just talking to the players."

Adebayo's only confirmed offer is N.C. State, but Proctor has received interest and calls from Kansas, Virginia, Wake Forest, Colorado, Texas, Georgetown and Louisville. Proctor said that UNC's interest makes it one of Adebayo's "top choices."

And the school that lands Adebayo is getting, more than anything, a hard worker, according to Proctor.

"He gets frustrated when we don't practice," Proctor explained. "If we go 2 ½ hours in practice, he wants to go three hours. He can't work hard enough."

Though Northside is a small school, Proctor said Adebayo is among the best athletes he's ever seen.

"He's really long, he's 6-9 and his arm span is like 7-3," he said. "He blocks a lot of shots, he gets all the rebounds and he controls the game on the defensive end. He's getting better offensively and becoming more aggressive. Last season, he wasn't as aggressive as I would've liked. Now he's been more aggressive on the offensive end. I look for some really some good things on the offensive end from him this season."

With a "38- or 39-inch" vertical leap to go with his wingspan and size, Adebayo is an imposing figure on the low block. Northside and Proctor plan to take advantage of that this season.

"I don't think he's strictly a post player, but at 6-9 you have to put him in there some," he said. "We let him handle the ball little bit, but we definitely want to see him mostly on the inside because that's his strength right now."

Northside, begins the season on Dec. 3. Proctor said he expects Adebayo to make it back to Chapel Hill for another game this season.

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