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2019 UNC Recruiting Target Intro: Juwan Gary

UNC staff has been logging multiple viewings of the South Carolina phenom.

Roy Williams spent plenty of time in Columbia, S.C. the last four years recruiting UNC signee Seventh Woods. He could end up doing the same with Juwan Gary, a freshman from West Columbia (S.C.) Gray Collegiate.

Gary, who is coached at Gray Collegiate by Dion Bethea (former AAU coach to UNC’s Brice Johnson), first caught the UNC staff’s attention in December at the Chick-Fil-A Classic. Assistant coach C.B. McGrath watched Gary lead Gray to a 79-73 win over Southwest Atlanta Christian. Gary finished with 21 points (8-16 FG), six rebounds and two assists.

“(I think they saw) a strong player who gets to the basket whenever he wants,” said Gary, a 6-6 wing. “My athleticism is a big part of my game.”

Nine days later, Gary and teammate Khalil Robinson took an unofficial visit to UNC to watch the 80-69 win over Clemson.

“It was a great visit,” Gary explained. “I had never been there and seen the facility before. They were a great team and Coach (Roy) Williams controlled them and they played a good tempo. It was a great experience for me.”

McGrath visited Gray Collegiate earlier this year to watch an open gym session. Bethea said the UNC assistant came away impressed.

“I think they’re real serious about him,” Bethea said of the Tar Heel staff. “They like his size and his athleticism. He’s a 6-6, 6-7 shooting guard and so we’re going to get him more consistent with his shot. We want to make sure he’s not just a shot taker, but that he’s a shot maker as well. But, the ceiling is going to be amazing for him.”

This weekend, Team United 2019 and Gary participated in the Phenom Hoops Spring Hoops Fest in Greensboro, N.C.

“My team, we have a great chemistry and plays as a team and as a unit,” Gary said. “For me, I played my game and a lot of people saw how I’ve progressed my game from last year to this year and how I’ve improved.”

While UNC is focused on the class of 2017 and 2018, it already has an offer out to 2019 wing Wendell Moore. The sustained attention given to Gary makes him one to watch for Carolina.

“C.B. (McGrath) told me to keep working and keep getting better,” said Gary, who will get another visit from McGrath at Gray Collegiate on Wednesday. “He told me ‘you never know what’s going to happen. There’s always someone right behind you who could be coming for you.’ So that’s what I’m doing.”

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