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UNC Recruit Rechon Black: Point Guard

At 6-foot-6, Rechon Black is a rare breed of point guard.

MARSHVILLE, N.C. – There’s no ambiguity about Rechon "Leaky" Black's positional future.

Get that out of your mind now.

He’s not going to spend a significant amount of time playing off the ball or on the wing. He’s not going to grow five inches and become a stretch ‘4.’

He’s a point guard.

Always has been, and always will be.

“I’ve been a point guard my whole life,” the 6-6 sophomore says. “I wasn’t always this tall. I was always real short and then I just grew out of nowhere. I kept doing ball-handling drills and dribbling stuff.”

The skill that remains from Black’s shorter self, combined with his new, long frame, makes him a rare breed. It makes him a difficult matchup, and it makes him a wanted asset.

When Black walks into a gym, fans who haven’t watched him play assume he’s the small forward. Once the game tips and he starts dishing out assists, those same fans take notice.

“They think it’s amazing,” Black said of a crowd’s reaction a point guard his size. “I think it’s natural.”

There isn’t a direct comparison for Black. There’s one, however, he hears the most.

“(Former Ohio State guard) D’Angelo Russell, a whole of people have told me I played like him,” Black said. “(I think) it’s because of the versatility.”

Against Marshallville (N.C.) Forest Hills last weekend, Black recorded a triple double with 18 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and two steals. His versatility was on full display.

Black scored on a three-pointer, an 14-foot jumper, a dunk and a few layups. He grabbed several offensive and defensive rebounds. He got into the paint and dished to wide open teammates, over and over again, which is exactly what he enters a game looking to do.

“I just try to get deeper and deeper into the paint, until somebody stops me,” he said. “If someone stops me, I just dish it off. We really don’t have an offense besides ‘flow.’ We like running, so we keep running. When we’re in flow we just pass and cut.”

“I think the team plays better when I’m more aggressive,” he continued. “It opens everything up and allows me to kick out to people that can shoot and score the ball.”

North Carolina’s interest in Black comes from his aforementioned versatility. Black said things have been “amazing” since Roy Williams offered him a scholarship two weeks ago and the phone call itself was a “very proud moment” for his family.

“It’s a blessing,” he said. “I’m just trying to keep my head level through the process. They think I’m a big-time player, that I have big potential.”


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