Roy Williams has set his sights on Rechon 'Leaky' Black.
The UNC head coach made the Concord (N.C.) High sophomore guard the first prospect in the 2018 class to receive a Tar Heel scholarship offer on Thursday.
"We called and talked to him, and it was a wonderful conversation," said Black's father, Rechon Sr. "We talked about a lot of different things before we even got to basketball. At the end of the conversation he said he’s going to do something that he normally doesn’t do. He said he was offering him a full scholarship.”
North Carolina's interest in Black, a 6-6 point guard, had been trending in the direction of an offer in recent weeks. Amid multiple evaluation trips by UNC assistant coach Steve Robinson, Black visited Chapel Hill for 'Late Night with Roy' in October and returned for the game against Davidson this past Sunday. One day later, Williams made the trip to watch Black in action.
“We know he didn’t play that good of a game the other night with Coach Williams there,” Black Sr. said. “The next game, he almost had a triple double. Coach Williams was impressed with that, that he didn’t come out and take like 45 shots. He said, ‘that’s not the way we play basketball.’ He said he’s really not concerned with Leaky’s scoring because he’s going to grow into it. He just sees how well Leaky’s game can transition to the next level.”
Nearly 72 hours later, Williams made the offering call.
Despite claiming offers from Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Clemson and Wake Forest, the Black family was stunned by Williams’s call.
“He doesn’t just throw out offers and things of that nature,” Black Sr. said. “I was shocked that he offered this early. He said he was impressed on Monday that fans from the opposing team came up to him and talked about how good of a person Leaky is. He said that meant a lot coming from opposing fans. He said he knew how special Leaky was going to be in the long run.”