Drue Drinnon

UNC Target Intro: Drue Drinnon

Drue Drinnon, a point guard in the 2018 class, is the latest Georgia prospect to catch the eye of the UNC staff.

North Carolina has aggressively recruited Georgia in recent years.

The Tar Heels' most recent commitment, Brandon Robinson, is among the state’s best players in the class of 2016. In addition, the state’s top-ranked players in the classes of 2015 (Jaylen Brown), 2016 (Kobi Simmons) and 2017 (Wendell Carter) all received UNC offers.

The trend could continue with Drue Drinnon.

A 2018 point guard from Commerce (Ga.) East Jackson, Drinnon took his first visit to Chapel Hill last week for “Late Night with Roy.”

“(Assistant coach) C.B. McGrath texted my coach last week about it,” Drinnon said. “My coach told me I was going to 'Late Night with Roy' and that’s how I found out about it. I was excited because I’d never been to North Carolina in my life.”

Drinnon arrived in Chapel Hill about two hours before Late Night started. He toured Carolina’s basketball facilities and visited the Tar Heels’ locker room.

“The campus is beautiful,” said Drinnon. “C.B. took me around all the facilities and everything. I walked out of the tunnel the players walked through. That was exciting… seeing the gym because I’d never seen it before. It’s huge.”

Drinnon was one of more than a dozen prospects to attend Late Night. He left with a favorable impression of the skits, dancing and singing.

“It was pretty fun watching them,” he said. “I wouldn’t mind going there because I liked doing all the stuff they did, all the dancing. And the fan base is crazy with how many people showed up.”

On the court, the 6-0 Drinnon is a complete point guard who can play in both up-tempo and moderate-tempo offenses. He said his greatest strength is his mid-range game. There’s one thing, however, he saw during the Tar Heels’ scrimmage that made him smile.

“I love ball screens,” he said. “Marcus Paige and Joel Berry, those are two point guards I like watching. I like the way they control the team. They run the fast tempo and they run off ball screens a lot.”

After the event, Drinnon and his parents met with Roy Williams and McGrath.

“That was the most exciting thing to me, meeting Roy,” Drinnon explained. “He’s a legendary coach and they seem like they like me a lot. Roy and C.B. said they’re going to come down and watch a couple games this year. It sounded like they like me a lot, we’ll see.”

Drinnon claims offers from schools in the ACC, Big 12 and SEC, including: Georgia, Florida, Georgia Tech, Missouri, Virginia Tech and Kansas State. To date, he’s made recruiting trips to Georgia, Georgia Tech, Alabama and now North Carolina. Georgia, with a campus that is only 20 minutes from his school, Drinnon said, is recruiting him the hardest. Though early in his high school career, his recruitment could change drastically with offers from two schools.

“If I get offers from my dream schools, those are the schools I’m going to look at first,” he said. “If not, I’m going to look at the schools that are recruiting me the most, like Georgia.

Those dream schools?

“Duke and North Carolina,” Drinnon said.

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