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UNC Lands Star Sophomore Rechon Black

North Carolina moved quickly to secure the state's top sophomore.

Rechon "Leaky" Black. Tar Heel.

More than a month after receiving a scholarship offer from Roy Williams, Black announced his commitment to North Carolina on Friday.

The 6-7 point guard from Concord (N.C.) High School is the state’s highest-rated sophomore.

“The visit when he went up to Carolina (in December), he felt comfortable,” said Jason Stowe, Concord’s head coach. “My son, he knew he wanted to go to Mercer after his visit there. Leaky had that same feeling when he went to Carolina.”

“He’s not like any other kid where he wants to get as many offers as possible,” continued Stowe. “We just didn’t want to make this a long process. If you get a couple offers that you want, why not narrow it down and make a decision?”

North Carolina’s recruitment of Black essentially began in the fall with multiple evaluation trips by UNC assistant coach Steve Robinson. Black visited Chapel Hill for 'Late Night with Roy' in October and returned for UNC’s win over Davidson on Dec. 6.

One day later, Williams made his first trip to watch Black in action, which ultimately produced the offer.

“The game that Roy came to see him play, he wasn’t great,” Stowe said. “For Roy to still offer him ... that’s pretty hard for anyone to beat.”

Black and his parents were back in Chapel Hill on Jan. 2 -- for a campus tour, UNC's game against Georgia Tech and a meeting with the UNC coaches -- to whom the commitment was made behind the scenes. Friday's public commitment announcement came two weeks later.

Black chose UNC over early offers from Clemson, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. He was also receiving interest from N.C. State, Ohio State, Kansas State, Virginia, Kansas and Kentucky.

Stowe believes Black can be as good as he wants.

“(UNC is getting) a great one,” he said. “He doesn’t have to come in and dominate the ball. He’s going to make the right pass and keep his teammates happy. He’s a very solid all-around player whose ceiling is very high. It all depends on how hard he wants to work and what he’s going to do.”

Evaluation Overview
by Rob Harrington
"Black is an extremely skilled ballhandler and passer, and at 6-7 he projects as a point guard (at least offensively) for those reasons. He's also gaining athleticism rapidly, already dunks effortlessly in traffic and possesses good length. He's a blue-chip talent in the 2018 class and one of the best prospects in the state of North Carolina."



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