Adebayo Lands UNC Offer

Edrice Adebayo says he received a scholarship offer from North Carolina on Thursday night.

Pinetown (N.C.) Northside head coach Mike Proctor spoke with Adebayo on Friday morning.

"He told me Carolina offered last night," said Proctor.

Adebayo, a 6-foot-8, 232-pound post prospect in the class of 2016 whose nickname is "Bam Bam," has been on the Tar Heel radar for the last year.

"I knew it was coming, because he's a good player," his AAU coach, Boo Williams, said of the offer. "He's a Carolina kid. If he decides to go there, that'd be a good opportunity for him."

The North Carolina staff watched Adebayo extensively in Sacramento, Calif. at the EYBL's opening session last weekend.

"We played out in Sacramento last week and he had a good weekend. Hubert (Davis) saw him play the whole weekend," Adebayo's mentor, Eric Peartree, said. "We were (told) that Roy (Williams) wanted to speak with us - me him and his mom. Last night the call came through, we talked and the offer came through that he's really interested in Bam.

"We were waiting for UNC to come in and show the interest they showed last night. Bam is happy as well. A lot of other teams are showing a lot of interest in him as well.

"(His mom) was pleased. Carolina, they take their time in doing what they do, Roy is real patient. We're new at this and she was pleased. No one has committed but we're pleased with the offer. We're highly interested in North Carolina. She's pleased with it, Bam's pleased but we still have a lot to go and a lot more to do as far as his career."

Adebayo was at the Smith Center last year for Late Night with Roy and returned for a game in November (against Belmont).

Roy Williams made two trips to Northside HS this past season - first to attend a workout and later for a game.

"I think he's a great kid," said Boo Williams, who has coached many of Roy Williams's Tar Heels, including James Michael McAdoo, Kendall Marshall, Ed Davis and Marcus Ginyard. "He's a very good athlete and he plays hard all the time. He has tremendous upside. I kid him a lot, I think he could be somebody like a James Worthy if he works hard. He has a chance to be a really good player.

"He's probably a power forward when he gets to college. He's the kind of kid that can guard the post, he can make that 15-foot jumpshot. He runs the floor very well also. And he's one of those kids when he comes in the gym, you know he's a basketball player. His upside is great.

"I've talked to Coach Williams about the kid. He's just a good player. He's a good kid. He likes Carolina a lot, comes from a small town in Carolina so he grew up bleeding Carolina blue. But like everything else, he has to go through the process." ranks Adebayo the No. 16 overall prospect, and No. 4 power forward, in the 2016 class.

"There's a lot of other teams that are interested," said Peartree, who confirmed other offers include NC State, Virginia Tech and Cincinnati. "At the end of the day you have to see what's best for him. In 2016, he has a big class coming in with a lot of players. Bam is in the top of his class in 2016, as far as big men.

"Roy is going to need some big men because a couple of his big guys will be moving on. That 2016 class is loaded, he would fit in well. Roy isn't promising anything. Bam has to come in and work and beat people out. That's his theory, if he comes he has to come in and work and beat people out."

Adebayo isn't expected to make major headway toward a decision in the near future.

"We're gonna look at the end of the summer, see how he plays after Nationals and Peach Jam, and then during the school year," Peartree said. "Probably during his junior year we'll start seeing where he needs to visit and then we'll see how much interest schools really have."

Scouting Report
by Rob Harrington

"He's productive due to his natural gifts and seems to have the potential to improve his deficiencies. Blessed with a great, long stride, long arms, coordinated hands and feet and good balance, physically Adebayo reminds a bit of a young J.J. Hickson." ... READ MORE HERE.

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