For the second month in a row, Roy Williams has offered a sophomore from Concord, N.C.
Last month, it was Rechon “Leaky” Black. On Saturday it was Jairus Hamilton, souces confirm.
Hamilton was already in Chapel Hill on Saturday for North Carolina's game against Boston College.
At 6-7, 210 pounds, Hamilton already has the look and physique of a college player. His tight handle and vision, maintained after growing nearly a foot since 2014, have caused the Cannon coaching staff to dub him a point forward.
“This offer is testament to how hard Jairus has worked, to the kind of person he is and to his obvious long-term potential,” said Che Roth, Head Coach at Concord (N.C.) Cannon School. “I’ve said it before, he’s a check-all-the-boxes kid and they don’t recruit any kids that aren’t. It’s a testament to Coach Williams and his staff, doing their homework and building the relationship early. Certainly Assistant Coach (Steve) Robinson has a done one hell of a job leading the efforts to recruit him. They’ve put a premium in the class of 2018 and keeping the best talent in the state, which is going to be the best talent in the nation, here in North Carolina.”
UNC’s recruitment of Hamilton began this past fall when assistant Steve Robinson watched him during workouts and at several camps. Hamilton visited Chapel Hill on Dec. 6 to watch UNC’s win over Davidson with Black. Five weeks later, Hamilton scored 26 points in front of Williams during a close loss to Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Day.
“His explosiveness is first and foremost what they like about him. He can play multiple positions and they love his ability to get to the rim and his vision,” explained Roth. “His ability to stretch the defense with his size. His jump shot and his perimeter game is an area he’s working and has shown great improvement. The biggest thing is they like what kind of competitor he is, and how he leaves it all on the floor. His energy is always high, his attitude is always good and those are the kinds of kids you win, and win big with.”
Rob Harrington Scouting Report
"Hamilton is a very powerful and aggressive slasher who excels when attacking off the bounce, because he's physically even stronger than he looks and converts old fashioned three-point plays on a regular basis. He's also a talented and willing passer who's an excellent ballhandler at 6-7. He'll need to become a more consistent shooter but possesses all the tools to become an impact performer in college."