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UNC 2019 Target Christian Brown Spends Day in Chapel Hill

Columbia, S.C. native took first recruiting trip to UNC on Saturday.

Even though he wasn't playing at the Phenom Hoops S.C. Top 80 in Columbia, S.C. on Sunday, no one in the building was as popular as Christian Brown.

The 6-7 sophomore forward, who said he "always has a smile on my face," embraced classmates, younger players, older players, media members, high school coaches and AAU coaches while watching some of the Palmetto state's top players.

Less than 24 hours earlier, he was in Chapel Hill. It wasn't his first time on UNC's campus, but it was his first trip as a UNC basketball recruit.

"I met the coaching staff, took a tour around the campus and facilities and met the players," Brown said. "It was a good environment. I've been three times and I enjoyed coming back there each time. It was just great being there."

Escorted by his high school coach, Joshua Staley, Brown watched pickup at the Smith Center before, briefly, heading to Kenan Stadium for UNC's 37-36 win over Pittsburgh.

"It was really intense watching the (pickup) games," said Brown. "There's a lot of talking on the floor. There's great athleticism... the decision making, the play making. Just watching them, it showed me what it's like on the college level."

One of the players also in attendance, and playing in pickup, was 2018 UNC commitment Coby White.

"He definitely played well," Brown explained. "He plays the same pretty much every time honestly, dunking and shooting and just doing his thing. We're great friends, so we joked around and talked a lot."

As far as the college and professional players, one stood out the most to Brown.

"(Joel Berry) the point guard, he can shoot the ball lights out," said Brown. "He was impressive."

Before the visited concluded, Brown had his first face-to-face conversation with Roy Williams.

"It was a great conversation," Brown said. "He was just introducing himself and telling jokes. He has a great personality. It was great talking to him."

Brown will get another chance to see the Tar Heel staff this week as assistant coach C.B. McGrath is expected to watch him in an open gym at Columbia (S.C.) A.C. Flora on Wednesday.

"He talked about building a chemistry and a relationship," said Brown. "That's real key for me."

On Oct. 7, Brown along with a select group of other 2017, 2019 and 2010 players will be in Colorado for USA Basketball Mini-Camp. 

"It's been my dream to play for USA Basketball and represent my country," he said. There's going to be a lot of good competition. I'm excited to be invited and go out there. I just want to do with my thing. I have to have a killer mindset and always be smart. I always play hard so I'm going to keep doing that."

"I was very surprised when I got the invite," he continued. "If you got a call from USA Basketball, you'd be surprised too. I was just happy and had a smile on my face for a good hour."

Brown already holds offers from Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee, Kansas, Florida, LSU, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and Clemson.

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