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Recruit David Caraher Gets New View of UNC

David Caraher has established his reputation as a shooter.

The “Late Night with Roy” celebration was familiar for David Caraher. And yet different.

A Chapel Hill native, Caraher has been on UNC’s campus many times. He’s attended games in the Smith Center many times and he’s experienced Carolina Basketball many times.

But Late Night was different. It was his first opportunity to see inside the Carolina program. It was his first visit to a UNC game or event as a recruit.

“That was the first time I’ve really went to a Midnight Madness kind of thing,” the 6-6 wing from the class of 2017 wing said. “The atmosphere and the fans were great. Living like five minutes away from campus, it’s pretty cool to be recruited by your hometown school. A bunch of my classmates from my old high school were there and wanted me to take pictures with them and stuff.”

Caraher, rated a three-star prospect, took in most of the night with fellow Chapel Hill native and Team Loaded AAU program teammate Blake Harris. After North Carolina’s closing scrimmage, Caraher had a chance to talk with Roy Williams and assistant coaches C.B. McGrath and Steve Robinson.

“They were just telling me how they can see me there and how everybody is excited about the way I played this summer,” said Caraher. “Coach Robinson came to watch me in open gym in September and I think he really liked my game. When I sat down with Coach Williams he said as long as I keep putting the ball in the basket, he’d like to see me there (at UNC). He said he’s going to come out to see more as soon as he’s finished with a few guys in this 2016 class.”

Since re-opening his recruitment and decommitting from Butler in June, Caraher has been making moves to improve his game and get more exposure. In August, he transferred to High Point (N.C.) Wesleyan Christian Academy, where he’ll team up with Wake Forest commit Brandon Childress, Rutgers commit Kwe Parker and Tennessee commit Jalen Johnson.

“It’s been an easy transition from Chapel Hill to Wesleyan,” he said. “They’ve embraced me like I’m part of the family. We all have a little chip on our shoulders with people doubting us since Harry Giles left. We all are putting that little extra into our workouts to help that fuel us to prove everybody wrong.”

He’s received interest from Ivy League schools, as well as Miami, Providence, Marquette and Tennessee. Shooting, Caraher said, is his No. 1 strength and not a worry of coaches recruiting him.

“They’re really waiting to see how I play apples to apples,” Caraher said. “They want to see me against top-level wings in the country and see how I’m able to defend and guard before they offer. But they’re definitely hitting me up, texting me and letting me know I’m going to be a priority when they finish their 2016 classes.”

For now, Caraher called UNC’s interest “moderate.” Should the Tar Heels plan to aggressively pursue him, he’d be receptive.

“Sitting with Coach Roy in the locker room, having a personalized conversation with him, Coach C.B. and Coach Robinson really helped show me that their interest level is a little more than before I came.”

“The whole night felt like home,” he continued. “It’s basketball country. “Just sitting in the Dean Dome and thinking I’m a UNC Basketball recruit, it set in that this is a really special place.”

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