Late Night Preview: UNC Recruit List

As "Late Night with Roy" opens the 2015-16 Tar Heel basketball season on Friday, a large collection of recruits will be courtside at the Smith Center.

Tony Bradley - Few off-the-court moments of late provided the UNC staff and Carolina fans more joy and relief than Bradley’s commitment in September. Despite the fact that the Tar Heels held a sizeable lead since his official visit in March, there was some concern the the 6-9 Bartow (Fla.) center's feelings about Carolina had started to fade. His commitment gave UNC not only its best post-scoring big since Tyler Zeller, but it also was the first for Roy Williams in the talented and deep class of 2016. Bradley is the highest-rated big UNC has secured since junior Isaiah Hicks, a member of the class of 2013. Bradley informed Inside Carolina that he will be at Late Night, his second trip to UNC, but his first as a commitment. 

Brandon Robinson - Three weeks after Bradley’s verbal commitment, Robinson followed suit. The lanky, 6-5 wing from Douglas (Ga.) County High School caught the UNC staffs' eye in a unique way. In February, Williams and assistant Hubert Davis watched Jaylen Brown – now a freshman at Cal – and Wheeler against Robinson and Douglas County in the Georgia state playoffs. Robinson shined in the game and was quickly invited to visit Chapel Hill. After narrowing down his list in the fall, he chose the Tar Heels over Louisville, Georgia Tech, Georgia and Florida State. Less than a month after that announcement, Robinson told Inside Carolina he'll be back in Chapel Hill for Late Night. Robinson could be a key signing for the Heels, considering the potential lack of options on the wing beginning with the 2016-17 season. Williams has favorably compared Robinson to San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green. And Robinson plans to wear either No. 4 or No. 14 when he enrolls in June. 

Jalek Felton - Sources confirm Felton plans to be at UNC on Friday for another Late Night with Roy. In two years, when Felton takes part in Late Night as a member of the UNC basketball program, he will have (unofficially) made the most visits to Chapel Hill of any prospect we’ve covered. And that makes sense, as the 6-4 Mullins (S.C.) guard is the nephew of former UNC All-American Raymond Felton and has been attending games at the Smith Center since kindergarten. Still, after picking UNC last December, Felton waivered on his commitment because of the possibility Carolina receives NCAA sanctions. Two days after Bradley’s commitment, Felton firmed up his own. 

Seventh Woods - Woods informed Inside Carolina late Wednesday evening that he is going to be at Late Night. This is a particularly interesting development considering the senior guard from Columbia (S.C.) Mullins has recently completed his official visits and is thought to be nearing his decision. Woods took three official visits - Georgetown, UNC (three weeks ago), and South Carolina. Roy Williams and the Tar Heels have been in serious pursuit of Woods for more than three years. The Tar Heel head coach has made countless trips to Columbia (most recently last week), and Woods has made a trip to Chapel Hill during each year of his UNC recruitment. This will mark Woods's second consecutive year attending Late Night. 

Rawle Alkins - A 6-4, 200-pound bruising wing now playing at Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God, Alkins said he'll make the Triangle commute to attend his first Late Night. Alkins named his top eight schools earlier this fall – Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, N.C. State, North Carolina, UNLV and St. John's. Since moving from New York to attend Word of God, Alkins has taken unofficial visits to both N.C. State and North Carolina. Williams and assistant C.B. McGrath visited with Alkins during an open-gym session in September. He’s expected to wait until the spring signing period to make a decision. “Alkins is a classic Northeastern guard, one who loves to physically punish defenders and then serve them seconds,” said Scout’s Evan Daniels. Alkins is ranked the No. 20 overall player in the senior class.

Udoka Azubuike – Sources confirm Azubuike is coming to UNC this weekend for his official visit. Late Night will mark the first trip to Chapel Hill for Azubuike, a 6-10, 275-pound center from Jacksonville (Fla.) The Potter's House. UNC had ample opportunity to evaluate Azubuike over the spring and summer, as he played with the EYBL champion Georgia Stars. Through 25 games in the league, he averaged 13.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and two blocks per game, despite playing with two other high-major post players. Azubuike was teammates with Robinson on the Georgia Stars for all but one of 2015’s open recruiting periods. On Sept. 17, Williams and Davis conducted an in-home visit with Azubuike and the official trip was scheduled in the weeks after. "Azubuike is extremely powerful and rugged, a true center who loves to dunk,” Rob Harrington said. He is the No. 36 overall prospect in the senior class.

For a full list of recruits visiting on Friday night, including a handful of additional top underclassmen, Inside Carolina premium members can click here: Late Night with Roy: Full Visitor List

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