UNC Target Andrew Platek Planning Visits

Sharpshooter will visit Chapel Hill next month.

HAMPTON, Va. – In his most recent conversations with 2017 guard Andrew Platek, there’s one thing Roy Williams hasn’t focused on.

When discussing his potential fit at North Carolina, shooting prowess is among the last of Platek’s attributes that Williams highlights.

“He (says) he loves my toughness, my grit and my basketball IQ and my ability to make smart decisions,” Platek said. “He likes me as a player and not just as a shooter and I respect that a lot about him. He said I could fit into their system really well. They like to get up and down and play guard heavy and that’s the way I like to play basketball.”

At the Nike EYBL stop in Hampton last weekend, Platek wasn't as efficient from beyond the three-point line as he was the first two sessions. To stay engaged, he moved well without the ball, attempted to setup teammates for open shots and even spent time in the paint.

“He obviously hasn’t shot the ball tremendously at this event,” said Inside Carolina recruiting director Rob Harrington. “I admire the fact that he’s a consistent competitor irrespective of whether his jumper is falling. He’s had some nice moments as a playmaker and clearly is the vocal leader of his Albany City Rocks team. Though he’s unlikely to become a lock-down defender, his instincts on that end of the court have been beneficial as well.”

Since UNC offered Platek a scholarship last month, his recruitment has heated up. He’s taken unofficial visits to Harvard and Indiana, and picked up offers from Indiana and Stanford.

“I still think about it every day,” Platek said. “I wake up and say ‘Hey, I have an offer from North Carolina.’ I have all these great opportunities and I’m going to take it with humility. Watching Coach Williams since I was a young kid – I was a Duke fan – hearing him on the phone, that just got the ball rolling for what I have going on now.”

Platek called the visit to Indiana a “great visit” that lived up to his expectations. In June, he hopes to visit both North Carolina and Stanford.

“It’s all about fit for me,” he said. “If I go to a place and say I really like the basketball here, but the academics aren’t up to par, or I don’t like the campus… everything has to be 100 percent. I have to be at a place where I know I have an opportunity to play, work hard and get better.”


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