Jalek Felton Making Tar Heel Pitch to Nick Weatherspoon

North Carolina commitment is trying to get the Mississippi guard to join him in UNC's 2017 recruiting class.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. --- North Carolina has a recruiter in Nick Weatherspoon’s ear this week at the NBPA Top 100 Camp.

The 6-2 scorer from Camden (Miss.) Velma Jackson is rooming with UNC commitment Jalek Felton and the two guards have been talking -- a lot.

“He’s telling me North Carolina is a great school and he’s real committed there,” Weatherspoon said. “And he’s telling me how Roy Williams is. It’s really good, we’re developing a relationship and talking every day.”

Felton’s recruiting pitch has included projecting the two 2017 guards sharing the same backcourt in the Tar Heel lineup.

“He’s talking about me being the one and him being the two,” Weatherspoon said. “He said he likes the way I play and get other guards involved, so I could set him up for nice shots.”

Weatherspoon initially grabbed UNC’s attention with his stellar weekend at the Adidas Uprising event in Atlanta in late April. Roy Williams watched a 25-point outing and the Tar Heel head coach extended a scholarship offer a month later.

That weekend in Atlanta proved to be a turning point for Weatherspoon’s game and recruitment. His ranking subsequently climbed to No. 34 in the nation and the scholarship offers followed.

“It changed a lot because I got a lot of offers – especially from UNC, that was the biggest one,” Weatherspoon said of the impact the spring had on his recruitment.”

The value he places on the UNC offer can’t be overstated.

“It’s real big because I know of a lot of pro guys that came from there like Harrison Barnes and all those guys,” Weatherspoon said. “And I know what type of coach Roy Williams is, and I know he gets on his guards, makes them tough and develops them.

“They said they’ll let me get up and down the floor. Roy Williams called me one morning and was talking to me about how great of a guard I am, the tough shots, and how I play on the defensive end.”

Weatherspoon had intended to stop at UNC and NC State on the drive up to Charlottesville last weekend, but a family emergency forced him to reschedule those visits for the trip home.

“I will be there after this camp,” he said on Thursday about visiting Chapel Hill. “I leave Sunday, so maybe it’ll be Monday."

Weatherspoon plans to include visits to UNC, NC State and then Louisville on the drive back to Mississippi.

When asked what other schools are factoring heavily into his recruitment, he mentioned Mississippi State, the home-state school where his brother is a rising sophomore on the basketball team.

Weatherspoon has continued his strong play at the NBPA Camp this week, finding a balance between his scorer’s mentality and point guard instincts, while bringing defensive intensity.

“I’ve been happy with how I’ve been playing – I’m making everyone around me better,” he said. “That’s my job as a point guard.

“Most guys (here) don’t like to play defense so I try to separate myself from everybody by doing it on the defensive end.”

After an uneventful opening game, Weatherspoon’s last three NBPA Camp games Wednesday and Thursday have showcased his explosive scoring ability with 13.7 points per game on 65.5 percent shooting.

“I think I’m a combo guard,” he said. “I like to score the ball and I know how to operate the offense, too.


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