2017 Intro: Wendell Carter & Austin Wiley

During the April evaluation period, Roy Williams and his staff stopped at the Gulf Coast Hoop Fest to see a top upperclassman target. But while in Biloxi (Miss.), the Carolina staff watched a pair of 2017 teammates.

Wendell Carter and Austin Wiley, who play for Southeast Elite during the spring and summer, impressed the Tar Heel staff enough for Williams to stop by their games on Sunday, according to Southeast Elite coach Chris Monroe.

"I know UNC was there to see them," Monroe said. "(UNC assistant coach) C.B. (McGrath) watched him on Friday and Roy Williams came back to see P.J. Dozier and ended up watching both of our games on Sunday. C.B. reached out to me about Wendell and Austin Wiley.

"He actually called Coach Williams and told him he needed to see us on Sunday," Monroe added. "He said Roy was very impressed with how good they were with how young they were. He said Coach Roy Williams was very excited to see us in July."

Carter, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound big man out of Atlanta (Ga.) Fulton Leadership Academy, already has scholarship offers from Texas A&M, Auburn, Kansas State, Georgia and Murray State. To go with UNC, the other interested parties are Missouri, Clemson, Kentucky, Florida State and Alabama.

At his size, Carter is versatile. He's able to score the ball in a variety of ways. He's comfortable on the block, but also facing the rim and hunting jump shots.

"He puts the ball on the floor," Monroe said, making a comparison to Baylor big man Isaiah Austin. "He can handle it with confidence without turning it over and he can shoot the perimeter jumper. Wendell's game is a lot like his. Obviously they differ a little bit, but as big as they are they can handle the ball and shoot the jump shot with ease."

"Because of the tools he already has his upside is tremendous," he added. "He has guard skills, shoots the ball well enough and he finishes everything at the rim. His versatility is what sets his game apart from any other big man in that class."

Wiley, a standout at Hoover (Ala.) Spain Park, has accumulated scholarship offers from Auburn, Alabama, Mississippi State, UAB, Murray State Texas A&M and Kansas State.

North Carolina, Kentucky, Baylor and Florida are the teams that are also showing interest in the 6-foot-9, 230-pound big man. Wiley said he hasn't talked to the UNC staff, but they reached out to his coach.

"They really just started recruiting me," Wiley said about the Tar Heels. "They said they are going to be on me all summer."

For just a freshman, Wiley has a big, strong frame with lengthy arms. He's an active rebounder, who doesn't mind playing physical inside, and attempts to block or contest shots in the paint.

"He usually finishes really well at the rim," Monroe said about Wiley. "The biggest X-factor is he is a big time rim protector. He blocks a lot of shots at the rim and he rebounds very well and he is very coachable."

While it's very early in their respective recruitments, Wiley and Carter have already logged a visit to Chapel Hill. The duo toured UNC last summer, as well as Duke, N.C. State and Wake Forest, while in the state for an all-star event.

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