Ryan Easterling/Scout.com

Tar Heels Making Push for Jeremiah Tilmon

North Carolina made visiting with the 2017 center a top priority during the April Recruiting Period.

WESTFIELD, Ind. --- North Carolina is making a major push for five-star center Jeremiah Tilmon, as the No. 10 overall prospect in the Class of 2017 has been visited by Tar Heel coaches twice in the last couple weeks.

Even though Tilmon is unable to compete in the EYBL due to a shoulder injury, North Carolina has still put on the full-court press in regards to the 6-foot-10 center's recruitment.

Head coach Roy Williams and assistant Steve Robinson visited with Tilmon at his family home in East St. Louis, Illinois at the start of the April Recruiting Period on April 8 and assistant coach Steve Robinson followed up with a trip to see Tilmon at La Porte (Ind.) La Lumiere School on the last Recruiting Period day of the month.

"It was a great opportunity to have that kind of school in my house," Tilmon said of UNC's in-home visit. "It was an honor for them to come and I was very excited. My Mom loved it, I loved it and they liked it. And they came back the next week to visit my school."

Robinson made that follow up trip in-part to show Tilmon support after the shoulder injury he suffered at a national tournament earlier in the month.

"He said it was his last day out and he said he wanted to see me and show me some love," Tilmon said of Robinson's visit. "He knows I'm hurt and stuff so he wanted to show support."

Tilmon said that North Carolina is among the group of schools recruiting him the hardest, a list which also includes Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan State and UCLA. Louisville and Texas also remain in the picture for Tilmon. He said he wants to eventually take an official visit to Chapel Hill to see what campus is like.

But before visits begin, Tilmon has to complete his school work and his recent shoulder injury is also an important focus. Tilmon is trying to get a proper diagnosis and proceed with rehabilitation before proceeding deep into his recruitment.

"I had my MRI on Thursday," Tilmon said. "I find out Monday if I need surgery or not. But since I've been hurt I've just been going to our fitness center and working out and staying in shape just in case I don't need surgery."

If surgery is necessary for Tilmon, it could change the timeline of his recruitment. The center would likely focus on getting healthy and put recruiting aside for a little while.

"I'm not going to cut my list until I start back playing," Tilmon said. "I was going to do it this year, but if I don't play this summer, I'm not going to do it. I'm just going to weigh my options."


Inside Carolina Top Stories