The numbers were fairly gruesome for Andrew Platek this week. The solidly built guard did some good things but struggled with his offense, shooting just 31 percent from the field, including 5-24 on threes.
And yet, his performance hardly encapsulates the momentum he has established over the past 12 months. He holds offers from programs such as North Carolina, Stanford, Indiana and others.
He initially established himself as a three-point marksman but has aimed to become a more complete, versatile competitor.
”… I’m not just a shooter. I’ve kind of broken that mold with attacking the rim and bringing the ball up, running the offense,” Platek said. “I want to be a guard that can play either spot. I can obviously shoot the ball pretty well, but I want to be a person that can run an offense or set the team up, if necessary.
Platek most definitely has become a capable handler and passer, and defensively he possesses sound instincts to reap steals.
The Tar Heels offered him in April and hosted him for an unofficial visit earlier this summer, but their interest extends back a year ago to this same event.
”I had one game (last year) where Coach Williams saw me play,” Platek said. “We talked about it at the visit, actually. He said I made a good play, and then I made another good play, and then another one. So it was just a series of things I guess I did that he took attention to and was impressed by.
“Ever since then, C.B. (McGrath) has been up to my school a couple of times. (Then) Coach Williams gave me a call and extended the scholarship, so that’s pretty cool. It’s been a long process, but it’s been great.”
Platek has taken great care to deny the presence of a leader and praises each of his serious contenders in thoughtful terms, and there’s no question that UNC has slotted among those to carve out a deep impression.
”North Carolina, I mean it speaks for itself,” he said. “It’s a blueblood of college basketball, a Mount Rushmore of college teams. It’s just incredible to meet with Coach Williams, talk with him and the coaches, and play with their guys at the end of the day. I enjoyed my Carolina visit very much and so did my parents.”
In addition to program stature, however, Platek has evaluated UNC’s playing style closely and regards it fondly.
”They run a high tempo offense and they shoot a lot of shots, play inside-out, kind of like what we do on City Rocks and Northfield Mt. Hermon,” he said. “I love that style of play, the fast-paced play with the shooting a lot, getting up on defense, (and) a lot of guards play.”
The Carolina/Stanford connection also presents a unique dimension to the recruitment. The Cardinal are led by former Kansas player and decade-long assistant Jarod Haase, and in fact the two schools’ coaches sat beside each other at times while watching Platek this week.
”Coach Haase and Coach McGrath were roommates in college playing under Coach Williams, so they talk about each other all the time,” Platek said with a laugh. “They run the same style of offense, which is appealing. You can see the overlapping of strategies and practice schemes and that type of thing with Coach Haase and Coach Williams.”
His next step is to wrap up the summer and then cut his list to a manageable number of four or five. Following that, he said he’ll take official visits — including a likely one to Chapel Hill — and indicated that he’d like to decide early during his senior year.