Roy Williams in Touch with Blakeney

FT. MYERS, Fla. --- One of the main attractions on the opening day of the City of Palms Classic was 2015 shooting guard Antonio Blakeney.

Blakeney, a 6-foot-4 guard out of Orlando (Fla.) Oak Ridge, didn't disappoint in pumping in 20 points in the first half against Greenforest Christian. He added another 12 in the second frame, finishing with 32 points, including six three-pointers.

"I could have done more stuff to help my team," Blakeney, whose team lost in overtime, said. "Scoring, rebounding and defending, I could have done some stuff better."

Although Blakeney's shooting numbers (11-for-26) weren't at an ideal percentage, it's clear that he's developed himself into one of the better scorers in the junior class. He's a good shooter well past the three-point stripe and has improved his ability to score from mid-range.

"Getting in the gym and just more confidence and playing against better players every day," Blakeney said when asked about the improvement in his game. "I'm competing every day with my teammate Marquel [Willis]. We go at each other every day."

"I'm just getting repetition with my shot, my leaping, my ball handling and everything," he added. "I'm trying to get better at everything."

On November 30th, Roy Williams made the trip to Orlando to watch Antonio Blakeney in action for the first time this season. Since then they have been in contact.

"He texts me and stuff and asks me how I'm doing and told me he'd love for me to come down and watch a game and stuff like that," Blakeney said.

"He asks me how I like them and stuff because he feels like he can make me a better player," Blakeney said. "He's just feeling me out and right now we are just getting to know each other. Just keep getting to know each other. He's not pressuring me to commit. He's just getting to know me."

Blakeney has claimed a UNC offer since October, before talking to Roy Williams. He said Williams reaffirmed the offer in their communication.

North Carolina's successful past is among the things that stand out to Blakeney.

"I really like them," he said. "That's a big program. They've had a lot of people at my position go to the league and just be successful and I want to be successful. I'm going to go somewhere where I'm in a position to be successful."

While the two sides have talked about a possible visit, Blakeney has not yet set up a trip to see the Chapel Hill campus.

"Not yet, but I'm going to try and come down to a game."

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