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UNC Basketball Commitment Q&A: Coby White

Shortly after committing to Roy Williams and the Tar Heels on Thursday, 2018 combo guard Coby White and his head coach at Wilson (N.C.) Greenfield, Rob Salter, talked to Inside Carolina about the big decision.


Why North Carolina?
It’s probably one of the five best schools in the United States. It’s close to home and has a good family atmosphere. My family loves Coach Roy Williams and so does my brother, so I felt like it was the best place for me.

When you told Coach Williams what was his reaction?
He was screaming into the phone and stuff. He was saying how I made his day and that he was going to remember this day for a long, long time. He was just really excited that I committed. He was talking about how good of a player I was and some of the things he thinks I can do long term.

What does he like best about your game?
The energy I play with and how I can get out in the open court. That was the main thing. He said he loves how I compete and that I compete like Tyler Hansbrough.

How big was the unofficial visit in deciding where you were going to go?
It was real big, because I had a good little talk with Coach Roy in his office for about an hour about a lot of things. I knew I was really interested in Carolina, and then they offered me. After the unofficial, it was between two schools and Carolina.

What’s your relationship with 2018 UNC commit Rechon “Leaky” Black?
Leaky, that’s like my brother. He had a big influence on me going there. We talked about it, talked about playing together and going to North Carolina.

Was (UNC Assistant) Coach (C.B.) McGrath important in your decision?
He was the first one to reach out to me from North Carolina. We built a great relationship and I just fell in love with everything that he and Coach Roy said. He believed in me from the start; he thought I could be really special.


Why North Carolina?
Carolina is a dream school. He fits them perfectly. Ever since Carolina contacted him and he visited, that’s where he was leaning towards. He just came up to me today, we finished workouts, and he said, ‘Coach, I want to commit.’ He’s really excited and he’s perfect for their system.

Were you surprised by how fast his recruitment moved?
It was fast, but you know Coby’s all about relationships. Here at Greenfield, we have a family and our players and former players are really close. Carolina has the ultimate family atmosphere and he sees that. He really wanted to be part of the family and all the love and tradition the current and former players have for the school. I think that had a lot to do with it.

Was the unofficial visit on June 20 a turning point in his recruitment?
It was very important. He really enjoyed Coach Williams and Coach Williams was first class with his family. He enjoyed playing with the players. I think they really bonded well, and he enjoyed playing pickup with them and the former players.

How influential was C.B. McGrath in his recruitment?
Coach McGrath did a great job. He fell in love with Coby. They started (watching him) in Indiana and he’s been with him all spring and summer. He showed a lot of commitment to him and it was just a first-class recruitment. They did it the right way. C.B. told me he saw Coby played really well in front of Coach Williams and that sealed the deal.

Do you think staying in North Carolina was important to him?
He’s really close to his family and wanted to be close to home. But, when you’re talking college basketball you can’t get much better than UNC. North Carolina is such a basketball state, I think it’s important for the in-state schools to get these guys. I know Carolina is happy to get an in-state player like him.

How good can he be?
He can be big time. He can be special. He doesn’t have many weaknesses at all, and the thing about it is, he’s improving so fast. He’s blown up so fast because of how hard he works. He’s just hungry. I think he’ll be one of the best guards in his class in the country – I think he is now – but I think he’ll validate that by the time he graduates high school. There’s no doubt about it.

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