2018 UNC Recruit Intro: Rechon Black

North Carolina stopped by Concord, N.C. this week to see the state's top sophomore prospect.

When a young prospect starts garnering attention it’s often because of physical attributes.

He dominates opponents because he can jump higher, run faster, or just outmuscle other players. Rarely does a player garner attention at an early age because of his basketball IQ, great decision making or because he plays the right way.

But it’s happening right now at Concord (N.C.) High School.

It’s happening because of Rechon Black.

“You don’t see many 6-6 point guards,” Concord head coach Jason Stowe said. “He’s a kid who just makes others better. He passes to the open man and it doesn’t matter to him how many shots he takes. His basketball IQ is just off the charts.”

North Carolina assistant coach Steve Robinson watched Black during an open-gym session on Wednesday. In the days before Robinson’s visit, Tennessee, Clemson, N.C. State, Florida, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest , Georgetown, Kansas State and Florida State dropped by Concord to watch the 2018 lead man.

Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Tennessee, Clemson, Charlotte and Western Carolina have already offered.

“I think he (Robinson) liked what he saw,” his father, Rechon Black Sr. said. “It’s a blessing that people are starting to realize his talents as far as knowing that he understands the game and knows how to play the game the right way. I get so many phone calls on a daily basis from somebody who wants to talk about him.”

Should North Carolina continue to pursue Black, he’s likely to be receptive.

“I’d be interested if they started recruiting me,” Black Jr. said. “From what I know it’s a great program and has a great coaching staff. They have had a lot of good players come through there the last few years. I’ve watched them growing up.”

Black, whose family and friends call him “Leaky,” has received many player comparisons.

“I’ve heard Anfernee Hardaway,” he said. “I like that one. I’ve seen his highlights and he was a great player.”

This past summer, on his CP3 15U AAU team, Black ran the show. He considers himself a jack of all trades, ready to do whatever it takes to help his team win.

“I think my versatility is my greatest strength,” he said. “I can grab rebounds if we need them, score if we need points, get steals if we need the ball and block shots if I have to. I just like to win.”

Black Sr. disagrees, ever so slightly, about his son’s greatest strength.

“Coaches have told us how refreshing it is to watch a kid dominate game in all phases without having to score 30 or 40 points,” he said. “His greatest strength is just knowledge of the game and his skill set surprises people. He’s 6-6 with a 6-9 wingspan and can completely run a team. You can get him the ball and he can play any type of offense. And he’s a great defender.”

Though he’s just a rising sophomore, Black looks to be the next standout in a long list of talented players to come from North Carolina high schools. He’s not letting the early attention – and the pressure that comes with having a high-profile recruitment – get to him, though.

“He’s not going to get overexcited about any of this stuff,” Stowe said. “He definitely is thankful for it, but he’s just a humble kid.”

A humble kid, with a lofty goal for the rest of his high school career.

“I want to win as many state championships as possible,” Black said.

When he is ready to start seriously thinking about college, Black’s parents know what they’ll be looking for.

“We’re going to look into every situation, but the ultimate decision is going to be his,” Black Sr said. “What we’re looking for is a good, family-style environment that when he’s away, we know that he’s being taken care of on and off the court. And also we just want him to be around good people. We’re looking for a coaching staff or school that, even when basketball is over, it’s a group of people that pretty much become family.”

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