Jersey Numbers Set for UNC Basketball's Incoming Freshmen Class

UNC Basketball's four-man class enrolls in two weeks.

North Carolina's incoming freshmen have finalized their jersey numbers for next season.

Ranked as a top 10 group by Scout, the Tar Heels’ four-man class is highlighted by five-star big man Tony Bradley, who will wear No. 5 next season.

“I really wanted No. 4 and it was taken so I took the best number close to that,” Bradley told Inside Carolina. “I wore No. 44 in high school and that’s already taken, too (by junior Justin Jackson). But it’s really no big deal to me, it’s just a number.”

Bradley scored 25 points or more nine times and pulled down 15 or more rebounds seven times in his final season at Bartow (Fla.) High School.

“Bradley is a true big man and increasingly has embraced his stature and identity as a post scorer,” said Inside Carolina recruiting director Rob Harrington. "He possesses excellent hands, runs well and scores consistently with his back to the basket.”

Less than a month after Bradley verbally committed to UNC, Douglasville (Ga.) standout Brandon Robinson did the same. Robinson, a 6-5 wing, will wear No. 14.

“My favorite number is actually No. 4,” explained Robinson. “But Isaiah (Hicks) has it right now, so I just went with No. 14. There’s a four in it and it was a number I liked.”

“At UNC, Robinson projects to become something of a specialist thanks to his ample three-point range and ability to knock down multiple consecutive shots,” said Harrington. “He needs to get stronger but is a fine athlete and should develop into a versatile defender as his career progresses.”

Last November, Seventh Woods committed to UNC finishing off the Tar Heels’ stretch of three commitments over an eight-week span. Known for his elite-level athleticism, defensive prowess and ability to finish, Woods will wear No. 21 at UNC.

“Woods has been a household name since breaking onto the national scene his freshman season,” Harrington said. “He initially was known primarily as an athlete, but he has worked diligently to add dimensions to his game, including his previously maligned jump shot. He should slot as a combo guard in Chapel Hill and likely will lead UNC’s transition offense on a frequent basis, and he’s a potentially devastating defender.”

In his final year at Columbia (S.C.) Hammond, Woods scored 20 points or more eight times despite missing five of his last seven games with a knee injury.

UNC’s final commitment from the class of 2016 came in February as Shea Rush – son of former high school All-American and UCLA standout JaRon Rush – accepted a walk-on spot with Carolina.

Rush first learned about the Tar Heel program when he began participating in Roy Williams’ annual kids camp. He grew into a 6-6 wing who yielded interest from some Ivy League schools.

He’ll wear No. 11 at UNC.

“No. 11 has been pretty lucky for me,” said Rush. “This sounds weird but I like the way it looks, it’s long and lanky and I’m long and lanky. I’m big on symmetry and I’m a math guy, so I really like that number. And then there’s a bible verse – Proverbs 11:11. I think I was given an opportunity by the wonderful coaching staff and I think I’m ready to make the most of my opportunity.”

“I talked to Brice (Johnson) about it and he said those are some big shoes to fill,” continued Rush. “I told him his shoes couldn’t be filled, but to able to follow in his footsteps was an awesome opportunity. He was supportive and said he was excited for me.”


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