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UNC Commitment Rechon Black Transferring to Top Prep School

Future Tar Heel will enroll at Montverde Academy.

On the way home from a campus visit to Montverde (Fla.) Academy earlier this month, Rechon “Leaky” Black had an epiphany.

Hours earlier his family sat down with Montverde head coach Kevin Boyle and told him Black would be playing his final two high school seasons at the national powerhouse. Montverde alums include D’Angelo Russell, Ben Simmons, Luc Mbah A Moute, Dakari Johnson and Kasey Hill.

During the meeting, however, Boyle wasn’t overly complimentary of Black. In fact, the 2018 UNC commitment said, Boyle was critical of his game.

“He just kept telling me all that I needed to do to keep improving and reach my max potential,” Black said. “He was saying ‘at Concord everyone is telling you that you’re good and the best, but you have work to do.’ At first I didn’t like it, but the more I thought about it I was like ‘dang he’s right. I needed that.’

And that’s why Black is making the southward move from Concord (N.C.) High to Montverde – he needs and wants to become a better point guard. He needs and wants to get stronger. He needs and wants to play a more national schedule. He needs and wants to compete for a starting job at UNC the day he enrolls in about 23 months.

“It’s an opportunity to play basketball at the highest level in high school and then he’ll turn around, after two years, he’ll play college basketball at the highest level,” said his father, Chon Black. “To me, Montverde is the No. 1 high school in the country and North Carolina is the No. 1 college in the country. I’m proud and blessed that I have a six-year plan for my son that’s very concrete.”

Boyle has a reputation as a no-nonsense coach who demands excellence from his players. During their meetings, he cited the development of players like Russell, and Kyrie Irving, who he coached at Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick.

“He has a great history working with point guards and getting them aggressive and getting them to play the game the right way,” Chon Black explained. “He told Leaky he reminded him of D’Angelo (Russell) and when he first came to Montverde he wasn’t the D’Angelo he is now. He said that with hard work, dedication and him staying on D’Angelo, he became the player he is today. He said he sees that for Leaky if Leaky does the same things.”

Chon and Leaky Black informed the UNC coaching staff of their decision shortly after returning from Florida.

“They said they supported it 110 percent,” Leaky Black said. “They’re on board with it.”

Added Chon Black: “They said they were going to support us in any decision we made, whether that meant a different school besides Montverde or staying at Concord. They said we’re family now and they’ll support us in any way.”

Though he’s excited for the opportunities his son has in front of him, Chon Black said not having him at home will require an adjustment period.

‘I’m going to have a lot of frequent flyer miles,” he joked. “He’s my son, but he’s also my best friend. It’s going to be hard on me to allow him to grow up. Sacrifice is great, but the reward is even greater. If he gets there and gets faster, stronger and works on his game, who knows where this basketball stuff will take him.”

With AAU season essentially over, Black will take a few days to rest and likely head to Montverde in early August to get adjusted to the area and the campus.

This season, Montverde will have multiple televised games on ESPN and participate in national tournaments like City of Palms, the Beach Ball Classic, Hoophall Classic and Dick’s Sporting Goods National Tournament.

“I just like everything about it,” said Leaky Black. “The campus is much like a college. You have to be responsible for a lot of stuff and then basketball is all the time. I’m ready and looking forward to it.”

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