Willock Commits to Heels

Canadian women's basketball standout Eternati Willock’s final four whittled down to one on Monday.

Soon after completing her official visit to UNC, Willock gave head coach Sylvia Hatchell and her staff its second class of 2015 commitment.

She picked UNC over offers from Pittsburgh, Louisville, Michigan State and Texas.

“I decided to commit to UNC because I found that it was the best fit for me,” Willock told Inside Carolina. “I like the fact that Coach Hatchell was big on family, because family means a lot to me. I could see UNC being my second family.”

Willock, a 6-2 power forward from Toronto, plays for Blessed Pope John Paul II Catholic in Scarborough, Ontario and the Canadian 17U women’s team. She is an ESPN Hoopgurlz Super 60 selection and ranked No. 43 overall in the 2015 class. CrownScout considers her the No. 2 player in Canada in her class.

She was accompanied on her UNC official visit by her father, Trevor. It was his and Eternati’s (pronounced IN-TUR-NAH-TI) second visit to Chapel Hill. In 2013, her AAU team visited the state for the Deep South tournament.

“They showed us everything at the University,” Trevor Willock said. “We saw the five hospitals, the women’s facilities, the campus and the uniqueness of it. Who wouldn’t want to be a Tar Heel? Who wouldn’t wanted to come to the University of North Carolina?”

The family interacted with UNC’s coaching staff, while Eternati was hosted by UNC sophomore forward Stephanie Mavunga.

“The best part of my official visit was just hanging out with the team,” she said. “They made the visit very welcoming and they were fun to be around. I’m looking forward to playing with them next year.”

Added Trevor: “Stephanie (Mavunga) was a great host. I tip my hat to the coaching staff because they did a great job with all the girls there. Stephanie and Eternati actually have a relationship. When Stephanie was on the U.S. cadet team, my wife went to Mexico and Eternati’s team played them. During the game she was sitting beside Stephanie’s father.”

“They ended up taking a picture together and that started a relationship,” he continued. “Then we ran into her last year on an unofficial visit and again when we got here, she was Eternati’s host.”

UNC expects to use Willock’s versatility to create matchup problems. UNC assistant Andrew Caulder told the Willocks they expect her to be a “swing ‘4’.”

“She can pass, she can go inside and outside,” Trevor said. “She’s actually a little like Stephanie, both of them have similar playing styles.”

Over the next few months, Eternati plans to focus on getting stronger and getting ready for the rigors of college basketball. Her father believes she made the best possible college choice.

“There’s not too many schools that can give the education, athletic program and history of North Carolina,” he said. “UNC stands alone. But coming from Toronto and your daughter is at UNC? It’s fantastic. I can’t express how excited we are for her.”

(Photo Courtesy Eternati Willock)

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