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Tar Heels Keeping Tabs on Andrew Platek

The 2017 sharpshooter shot 63 percent from three last weekend.

Andrew Platek seems to know how to make an impression.

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams first spotted the class of 2017 wing from Northfield (Mass.) Mount Hermon last summer at the Nike Peach Jam.

Platek’s Albany City Rocks were playing the Nike Pro Skills team from Texas in a Friday night matchup at the high profile event.

“I think I had five threes in that half,” Platek remembered.

The Tar Heels have kept tabs on him ever since.

Following that game, Williams texted Platek’s coach and made it clear that he and his staff would be tracking him. A few months later, UNC assistant C.B. McGrath traveled to Mount Hermon to see him play in fall workouts. McGrath was back at Mount Hermon this spring.

“Coach McGrath came up again before the live period and I had a really good session that day,” Platek said. “So Coach Williams came to one of my games and the relationship is just starting to form. It’s incredible. I never thought it would come. It’s just amazing.”

Although Platek has yet to talk to Williams on the phone, they have exchanged text messages.

“They said they take it really slow and are really selective with their recruits, which I’m fine with and I understand with such a school like North Carolina, one of the blue bloods of basketball,” he said. “They are going to be really selective about who they offer and what kind of kids they recruit. I understand this process takes a long time and it’s just a blessing to be apart of it.”

At this time, UNC and Platek haven’t discussed a potential visit or an offer.

Platek did, however, rave about UNC’s style of play.

“Incredible,” he said when asked about UNC. “I love their pace of play. The way their offense runs, it just has a nice flow to it. Just from watching them this year, it’s up and down, up and down. It’s the way I like to play. It’s a fast paced game. They get out and run, rebound the basketball and have a bunch of hardnosed defenders. I really like their style.”

To go with interest from UNC, Indiana and Stanford have recently reached out to Platek. He also said he currently holds scholarship offers from Harvard, DePaul, Butler, Siena, Albany, Fairfield, Yale, Iowa, Miami, Buffalo, Boston, Penn State, Penn, George Washington, St. Joseph’s, Davidson and Rutgers.

Platek has taken unofficial visits to Butler, George Washington, Yale, Boston and Rutgers.

“The people I keep in contact with more are definitely Harvard, Butler, Yale, Miami, St. Joe’s and Davidson,” he said. “Those are kind of the schools that are texting more than once a week and are trying to build relationship. I’m leaving a few out, but those are the ones that are trying to form relationships.”

The interest in Platek mounted this past weekend due to his strong play – especially his shooting - at the EYBL’s first session in Brooklyn. In three games, Platek averaged 14.7 points a game, shot 50 percent from the field and connected on 10-of-16 three-point attempts.

He was 3-of-6 from three when Williams saw him last Saturday and 4-of-6 when McGrath got an additional viewing in the following day.

“This year I’m going to have to take more a leadership role,” Platek said. “Me and [Anthony Gaines] are the veterans now, so we got to tell these guys what to do and not be scared of these situations. Individually, I played well and I showed I have the shooting touch and also showed different facets of my game, like getting to hole, the free throw line and finishing around the rim.”

While he’s known for his ability to shoot, Platek said he loves to get after it on the other end of the floor.

“First off, I’m defending,” he said when asked to describe his game. “That’s what I love to do. I take pride in that. When my offensive game is rolling, my three will be falling and I’ll use pump fakes and different dribble moves to try and get to the hoop and draw some fouls. Usually when my shot’s on, it’s on and I only need a little room to get it off, that’s when things are rolling for me.”

Platek will be back in action with the City Rocks for the second and final April Evaluation Period this weekend in Indianapolis.

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