One of six players in the Class of 2016 with a Carolina scholarship offer, Saturday’s visit was Adebayo’s third in the last year.
“We got there early Saturday morning and spoke to the coaches for a few minutes,” Adebayo’s mentor and family friend Eric Peartree said. “Bam played some pickup ball in the Smith Center with the team.”
“It was good talking with the coaches. Whenever they can communicate with him, it’s full blast.”
Though the games only lasted about an hour, Peartree said it was fun to watch Adebayo - a 6-9 post player from Pinetown (N.C.) Northside - go up against a team expected to compete for an ACC championship.
“He’s a very competitive young man,” explained Peartree. “He’s a good athlete, so he fit right in. I was excited for him to compete and just play with that caliber of guys.”
“(J.P.) Tokoto has improved a lot and Marcus Paige is Marcus Paige,” he continued. “Theo was nice and their shooter Justin (Jackson), they looked real good. They look like they’re going to be real, real up-tempo. They were just having a lot of fun.”
Skal Labissiere, the No. 3 overall player in the class of 2015, was on UNC’s campus for an official visit. He participated in the pickup games as well.
“He’s so good,” Peartree said. “Those two were going at it the entire time, it was unbelievable.”
After pickup, Adebayo and Peartree headed to Kenan Stadium to watch UNC’s dramatic 31-27 win over San Diego State.
“It was very interesting for him, ”Peartree said. “I took him years ago to a high school game at Carolina, but this was different. The Tar Heels were loud and excited. He saw some people get painted up, he’d never seen that before. The fans were outrageous; it was crazy and a pretty good game.”
Over the next few weeks, Peartree plans to visit “a lot of schools” hoping to better learn how Adebayo might fit at each one.
“At the end of the day we want to figure out where Bam needs to be, who is around him, what’s the best fit for him and just help him get to the next level,” said Peartree. “That’s the ultimate goal. We want to make sure he finds a good place that he calls home. Not a place he goes to visit, but a place that he can call home.”
One school that’s definitely getting a return visit is UNC. Peartree confirmed that Adebayo is likely to attend “Late Night with Roy” on Oct. 3.
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