"I just talked to Roy and today was the day," Felton told WPDE. "When I woke up this morning I just felt it - I felt the need to make that commitment to him."
Felton's uncle, Raymond, starred at UNC from 2002-05.
"My uncle going there, seeing his jersey in the rafters, seeing Jordan in the rafters ... Carolina fits me," he said.
Felton is UNC's first commitment in the class of 2017 -- in fact, he's the only member of the class to hold a UNC offer.
Williams devoted valuable time during the July 2013 summer evaluation periods – usually reserved for watching rising juniors and seniors – to get two in-person viewings of Felton. At the time, Felton had yet to enroll in high school. UNC assistant C.B. McGrath viewed Felton during the 2014 spring evaluation period as well, while UNC’s entire staff tracked the sophomore in the three-week evaluation period this past July and was at his school in the fall. Williams went to see Felton's team play in Columbia a week ago.
Felton and his family visited for UNC's season opener in mid-November and afterward met with Williams, at which point the offer was made.
After playing varsity as an eighth grader and ninth grader, Felton was named a 2nd team Freshman All-American by Maxpreps, averaging 21.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game for Mullins last season. He was averaging 29.2 points per game this season entering this week's Beach Ball Classic, but that was before a 51-point outing on Saturday.
He is ranked No. 6 in the Scout.com Class of 2017 rankings.
Scouting Reports“My strength is definitely scoring the ball.I can get to the basket pretty easily and I can knock down shots if they back up off me. I like to have the ball in my hands a lot, run the team and get my teammates involved. I’m probably a ‘1’ or a ‘2.’ -- Jalek Felton
“Felton is 6-foot-3, long, athletic and can really pass the ball. Not just a passer, Felton is also a really good athlete that can create his own shot and knock down jumpers. The best part is, he's yet to develop physically and when he puts on some strength, he'll take his game to the next level.” -- Evan Daniels, Scout.com
“I had people telling me he was a combo guard. I think he had some of the best vision of any guard I saw. How many pin-point passes does it take to be considered a point guard? Add in his speed and quickness and he has the skill-set that NBA teams will love.” -- Jonathon Givony, DraftXpress
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