UNC Contacts McQuaid

LAS VEGAS --- North Carolina has been searching for a three-point shooter in the 2015 class. One of the best came back on the market earlier this week.

When Matt McQuaid de-committed from SMU on Sunday, everyone knew he'd immediately attract a bevy of high-major coaches. The Class of 2015 is plagued by a lack of shooters, and McQuaid is one of the country's foremost marksmen. He not only possesses a stroke that's pure, he gets into his shot immediately on the catch and doesn't need much time to fire away.

In his first outing at the Fab 48, the slender shooting guard torched the nets early for Team Texas Elite in their loss to New Heights. He stroked several long threes, including pull-ups, off-the-catch and with easy, obvious confidence. Even his misses generally looked good, always the hallmark of a good shooter.

His athleticism projects to be just average for the high-major level, and he's likely a couple years away in terms of strength. Still, he's quick enough to get into the lane on occasion, at least frequently enough to punish defenders who crowd him on the perimeter. He may never be a great defender, but shooters tend to enjoy greater slack than other players due to their critical importance to the team. If, hypothetically, McQuaid is the best shooter yet also the worst defender on the squad, he'll still play big minutes.

He cooled off in the second half on day one but certainly did not make the coaches observing him feel like he'd wasted their time. His recruitment has taken off in short order, and he already has compiled offers from Indiana, Texas, Creighton, Baylor and LSU.

McQuaid cited the Longhorns, Bluejays and Bears are carryovers from his original recruitment, while the Hoosiers and Tigers represent new entrants.

Additionally, he has fielded phone calls from North Carolina assistant Hubert Davis -- who was recruiting McQuaid back in the spring shortly before he committed to SMU -- and Virginia assistant Jason Williford, though neither the Tar Heels nor Cavaliers has offered yet.

"I want a system where I fit in, and want to shoot and want to play," McQuaid said.

He added that he'll continue to consider SMU, though a reunion appears unlikely. McQuaid undoubtedly will continue to draw coaches to his games this week.

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