COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. --- If North Carolina is going to make a move up Jarred Vanderbilt’s leaderboard, this coming weekend will play a major role.
Vanderbilt, a 6-8 senior at Houston (Texas) Victory Prep, is set to begin his UNC official visit on Friday.
Roy Williams expects Vanderbilt to have a memorable weekend.
“Actually, his pitch was they never tell anybody to come they just said guys who take their visits love it so much they wanted to come back,” Vanderbilt recalled of his conversations with Williams.
Vanderbilt will bring some initial impressions of the Tar Heel program and staff going into the Chapel Hill trip. The Tar Heels tracked him throughout the spring and summer circuit, with assistant coach Hubert Davis taking the lead and Roy Williams joining the efforts and then offering him in August.
“They have a lot of history,” said Vanderbilt on Sunday at the USA Basketball Mini-Camp. “Seems like they have a good brotherhood and camaraderie so it’s like once you’re in there you’re like instilled almost forever with their family atmosphere.
“I like their whole atmosphere and approach, Coach Williams and Coach Davis and their approach."
Vanderbilt is a high-motor, athletic face-up forward that rebounds and passes at a high level. With those traits, UNC projects him as a versatile player that would thrive in its up-tempo style.
“(Roy Williams said) it’s position-less basketball,” Vanderbilt said. “He really stressed not putting me in a box, me being able to play all around the floor and that really stood out as well as their style of transition - you know I like to get up and down. They’re not really a slow offense team, they like to get up and down in transition and get buckets…”
Vanderbilt said he’s planning on officially trimming his list shortly, and finalizing the rest of his official visits.
“The schools I’m probably going to visit are Arizona, Texas, Kentucky, North Carolina, and I haven’t decided the fifth one yet,” he said. “It’s probably going to be between Oregon or Kansas.”
When discussing those finalists, Vanderbilt highlighted Arizona’s Sean Miller (as the coach recruiting him the hardest), Kentucky’s professional training, Texas's potentially good fit.
That’s in addition to TCU, the in-state program that he most recently visited last month, which figures to be a prominent player.
Regardless, Vanderbilt doesn’t expect to have a decision finalized by the November Signing Period.
“I won’t commit during that first signing period because I don’t even think I’ll have all my visits done by then,” he said. “I’m not signing during the first (signing) period but I’m going to commit hopefully by December, with my range being December-early January because I don’t want to drag it out.”