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Carolina Offers Carter

Arguably the top true center in the 2017 class received an offer from UNC on Tuesday night.

North Carolina’s dogged pursuit of the class of 2016 has taken up much of its attention over the last year.

Wendell Carter Jr – like Jalek Felton – is an exception in the class of 2017.

Carter, a 6-10, 250-pound center from the Pace Academy in Atlanta, picked up a scholarship offer from Roy Williams and the Tar Heels on Tuesday night.

He’s the No. 2 overall player in his class and the second, along with Felton, to receive an UNC offer.

“They did offer him,” Wendell Carter Sr. confirmed. “I talked to Roy (Williams) about two weeks ago. He likes my son, he enjoys watching him play and he informed me that he would pursuing him.”

Carter first entered the UNC radar as a freshman, receiving multiple viewings from the UNC coaching staff during the spring evaluation period in 2014. When Carter joined the Georgia Stars on the Nike EYBL circuit this spring, the UNC staff watched him regularly.

The UNC staff watched as Carter and the Georgia Stars – which included offered 2016 wing Brandon Robinson – finished 23-3 in EYBL play in 2015. Carter was named Co-MVP of the EYBL championship game after a dominating 22-point, 13-rebound, 8-block performance.

Scout recruiting director Evan Daniels said of Carter: “He has good size; he’s physical in the post and owns his area from a rebounding standpoint. He can really score, he has great hands and good touch. Carter is a tremendous talent and one of the best players in the 2017 class.”

Carter has offers from Duke, Kentucky, Georgia, Kansas, Florida, Florida State, Alabama, and Auburn. Despite his impressive offer list, a decision from Carter isn’t likely to come any time soon.

“Right now, it’s really early,” Carter Sr. said. “We’re really kind of getting our feet wet with the recruiting process. We’re just kind of getting the ball rolling.”

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