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Coby White Visits UNC

In-state guard was on North Carolina's campus on Monday evening.

Coby White’s first visit to North Carolina proved to be a fruitful one.

The 6-4, class of 2018 guard from Wilson (N.C.) Greenfield toured the Smith Center, and even played pickup with current and former players.

Most importantly, however, he and his family had their first meeting with Roy Williams.

“They had camp going on so I went down to where they were and met Coach Williams,” said White. “We went to his office and talked it up for about an hour.”

During the meeting, White, his family and his high school coach Rob Salter, began to develop a rapport with Williams – who deeply values relationships with players, their families and high school coaches.

“He was just telling me they were ready to see me play in July,” White explained. “They’re going to watch me at the Peach Jam. Coach Roy was telling us about the recruiting process and how he wants to build a relationship with me. I think the relationship is the most important part so I liked when he said that. My family was really excited.”

After the meeting, White went onto the Smith Center floor for the first time.

“It’s huge,” he said with a laugh.

Before leaving, he played in the famed pickup games between current and former players that take place each summer. Participants included: Joel Berry, Kennedy Meeks, Nate Britt, Justin Jackson, Tony Bradley, Brandon Robinson, Isaiah Hicks, Rasheed Wallace, Raymond Felton, Tyler Zeller.

“They’re really strong,” he said. “It was kind of hard at first because you have to adjust to all of the competition. They play hard.”

White holds scholarship offers from Clemson and Wake Forest, and is receiving interest from Florida, UNC, Duke, Kentucky, Iowa State, Providence, Missouri, N.C. State and Virginia.

The calls and texts from the UNC staff, and visit to Chapel Hill, have gotten White’s attention.

“I’ve liked Carolina,” he said. “I really like Carolina a lot. It’s something I’ll really look into.”

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