Andrew Platek had to gather himself and let the realization sink in.
Roy Williams had just offered him a scholarship to play at North Carolina.
The 2017 6-foot-4 wing from Northfield (Mass.) Mount Hermon was first noticed by Williams last summer, and UNC assistant C.B. McGrath had developed the recruitment over the past nine months.
But it was the last two weekends on the EYBL circuit that sealed the deal. The Tar Heel staff logged multiple viewings of Platek as he averaged 14.6 points and shot 54.1% (20-37) on three-pointers.
He recently scheduled a visit to Indiana, and has also been hearing from Stanford. Some of his other offers heading into the April Evaluation Period included the likes of Miami, Harvard, Butler and many other mid-major programs.
Immediately after receiving the UNC offer, he spoke with Inside Carolina about the big development in his recruitment ...
What was your reaction to getting the UNC offer tonight?
"It was incredible. Honestly it's a dream come true. I've thought about this moment for I couldn’t tell you how long and now the opportunity to pursue it if I want to do that would be unbelievable."
How did it happen?
"He called me tonight and just started talking and he asked me how I played this weekend and things like that. It got started like that, and then he said ‘We are definitely extending an offer to you. I love how hard you work and how you shoot the ball and you could fit in the system with how you play.’
"Hearing those things from one of the great basketball coaches in history is completely surreal. I can't find words it's just so surreal."
Did you expect the offer?
"I was hopeful. I knew I had to play incredibly well in the first two sessions. In open runs when C.B. would show up I had to play my best game to keep them interested. Me playing hard and playing well and my team having success gave me the opportunity."
Does this type of offer speed up your process?
"I think I’d be lying if I said it didn’t. It’s something that I need to talk to my family about. When I’m feeling this good tonight from one of my dream schools, I don’t want to say anything tonight. I've got to talk it over with my family."
Are you going to visit UNC?
“Yes. We are going to talk more about it this weekend."