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Tar Heels Showing Strong Interest in Juwan Gary

S.C. wing is teammates with UNC commitment Jalek Felton.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Juwan Gary has been a North Carolina target since the coaching staff first saw him at the Chick-Fil-A Classic last December. The talented Class of 2019 prospect is planning to check out the UNC campus for Late Night with Roy Williams on Friday.

The latest in a line of South Carolina products being recruited by the Tar Heels, Gary is an explosive 6-foot-6, 200-pound wing who became teammates with North Carolina commit Jalek Felton this summer thanks to Felton's transfer into Gray Collegiate Academy in Columbia.

Gary said that the Tar Heels are one of two schools currently recruiting him the hardest.

"North Carolina, South Carolina, they've really been coming to the school. Those are the main two," he said.

With North Carolina coming on strong, Gary is attending Late Night hoping to see how the chemistry looks at this point.

"I want to see if the team if they can come together even though it's an early practice," he said.

UNC assistant coach C.B. McGrath has been the main point of contact for Gary during the recruiting process.

"C.B., we have a really good relationship," Gary said. "We have good laughs and good talks. We just talk about grades, how my game has progressed through the years and how in college it's going to be way harder so you might as well start [working] now."

Besides hearing about North Carolina from the staff recruiting him, Gary hears about the program from his new teammate, Felton, as the duo have gotten to know each other in recent months.

"We've got a really good bond from the first time we've been together," Gary said of his relationship with Felton. "But he just said that if you want to go to North Carolina you actually have to work hard because Coach Roy is a good coach and he's not going to give it to you. You have to work for it."

Besides North Carolina, Gary is also planning an unofficial visit to Maryland as he's still very early in the recruiting process.

As for his game, Gary was excited to compete at the USA Basketball Junior Mini-Camp over the weekend as he was one of the more intriguing Class of 2019 prospects.

"It's been a great experience. My first time up here. Really good players out here," Gary said. "[I've learned to] just play faster. When you're at USA they play way faster and you have to think smarter and quicker."

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