Sterling Manley Schedules UNC Official Visit

Ohio post player hosted Roy Williams for an in-home visit on Wednesday.

Roy Williams's visit to the Manley household on Wednesday evening was the latest step in the fast-moving North Carolina recruitment of Sterling Manley.

An initial evaluation at Pickerington (Ohio) Central by UNC assistant coach Steve Robinson was followed by Williams's evaluation - and scholarship offer - last week.

The next step is the official visit to Chapel Hill, and that plan was finalized during the in-home meeting.

Manley and his family will be at UNC the weekend of Oct. 14, which will include the "Late Night with Roy" event.

“It was a real good visit with Coach Williams and Coach Robinson yesterday," Manley's father, Eric, said on Thursday. "We’re excited to get down there next week -- me, my wife and Sterling -- and see North Carolina.”

Manley has already taken official visits to his other three finalists: Purdue, West Virginia, and Xavier.

The Tar Heels are aiming to add another true post player to their 2017 recruiting class and Manley was a late addition to the candidates, joining Garrison Brooks and Isaiah Stokes.

“He needs big guys and that’s what he told us," the elder Manley explained. "I’m aware of other players they are recruiting and they have interest in but, at the end of the day, they wouldn’t have come up here and did an in-home with us if they weren't interested in my son.

“Coach Williams said he likes to have four big men on his roster at all times. He’s losing two after this season and wants to replace them. He likes his roster to consist of three point guards, five wings and four big guys. That’s kind of the ideal for him.

“Honestly, we’re not worried about who else is coming or anything like that. They like Sterling, he’s a 6-11 player with a 7-0 wingspan who can shoot the hook with both his left and right hands. I think that’s one of the reasons they like him so much, his upside. But it was a great visit with Coach Williams and what I understood was that, no matter what, my son has an opportunity – if he wants it – to play at North Carolina.”

Manley's in-person exposure to the UNC program is limited to one game, but that one game left an impression.

“We took an unofficial visit to Notre Dame last year and they were playing North Carolina - I think it was a game that (UNC) lost," Eric Manley recalled. "But what Sterling said to me was ‘Dad, they give the ball to their big men a lot.’

“A lot of times people are saying things like ‘Well, if he’s on a team with a lot of good players that might hurt his development.’ That’s not how I look at things. Take Marvin Williams, for example, he came off the bench at North Carolina and has been in the NBA for a long time. North Carolina guys have done well in the league and done well overseas.”

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