Shea Rush dreamed of playing for North Carolina. On Sunday he ensured that his dream will become a reality.
"Since I was little, North Carolina’s been my dream school - basically since Coach Williams left Kansas and went out there," Rush said. "That’s when I fell in love with UNC. I’ve always cheered for them, rooted for them and dreamed of being able to go there and play."
Rush, a 6-6 senior at Kansas City (Mo.) The Barstow School, accepted a preferred walk-on offer to play for the Tar Heels while visiting the campus this weekend, multiple sources confirmed to Inside Carolina. Rush is a high academics athlete and held lower Division I interest as a scholarship prospect.
He is the son of former UCLA player JaRon Rush — one of the best players ever to emerge from Kansas City and a one-time Williams recruit to Kansas — and competed on the Under Armour circuit with K.C. Run GMC.
"It feels like a blessing, to be able to take a dream, turn it into a goal and then have it come true, it’s an absolute blessing," Rush said. "I’m excited to spend my next four years with the North Carolina family."
His travel team coach, L.J. Goolsby, believes Rush could earn playing time after a few years to develop.
"He has tremendous upside," Goolsby said. "He actually hasn't played basketball all that long and has gotten better every year. I think he could be a pleasant surprise."
Meanwhile, of course, the primary story is that Rush will bring extremely high character along with his abundant academic credentials.
"He's one of the best kids I've ever been around," Goolsby said. "Just spending time around him, you know he's destined to do something great, whatever that is."