Jim Hawkins, Inside Carolina

UNC Offer 'Exciting Moment' for Jairus Hamilton

Jairus Hamilton discusses the significance of receiving a North Carolina offer.

Roy Williams was unable to watch 2018 wing Jairus Hamilton as scheduled at Concord (N.C.) Cannon School on Friday night. Turns out, the Tar Heels’ head coach had already seen more than enough.

Following North Carolina’s blowout win over Boston College on Saturday, Williams offered Hamilton a scholarship.

“We went into his office and told me that he was offering me a scholarship,” said Hamilton. “He said he would love to have me coming back more times and he wants to see me in the future in the Carolina blue. I was just really excited and glad that I got the opportunity to come down here. I’m glad he did that and it’s just an exciting moment in my life. My parents were excited and really happy for me, glad that everything I’ve been doing gave me moments like these.”

“He told me that he really loved my game,” continued Hamilton. “He told me that I’d be playing on the wings – the '2' and the '3' – if I came to North Carolina.”

During the game, Hamilton, who sat with 2018 UNC commit Rechon “Leaky” Black and 2018 UNC target Devon Dotson, was focused on UNC wings Justin Jackson and Theo Pinson.

“I just watched and enjoyed the game,” said Hamilton. “It was a chance to relax and get a chance to see other people play. I was just looking to see how they were running things, how they were doing things with certain players at my position. I was just trying to enjoy the moment and spend some time with a couple of my friends.”

While he didn’t go into a lot of detail, Williams did mention a desire to have Hamilton play alongside Black and Dotson in Chapel Hill.

“He said we could all come together and maybe make something special happen,” said Hamilton. “I think North Carolina is a really great school with a lot of opportunity if I came there. It has a lot of history to it and I like the things they are doing. It’s a really great school. I love the people and the community and they’re all very welcoming when I come. I like the school a lot.”

Hamilton admitted he's had a couple preliminary conversations with Black about attending the same school

“We’ve talked about it a little bit,” said Hamilton. “He said how good it would be if we played together, but nothing really serious yet. It’s a thought in my mind right now and in his mind too.”

Hamilton holds offers from Tennessee, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech. He’s also receiving interest from Kansas, Duke and N.C. State.

“I want to find the best fit for me,” said Hamilton. “What’s the best thing academically and on the court, and where I’d like to be, where I see myself being for the next four years.”


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