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UNC Signee Andrew Platek Expanding His Game

Senior season underway for future Tar Heel.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- North Carolina signee Andrew Platek and his Northfield (Mass.) Mount Hermon team played on a big prep stage this past weekend.

The team split a pair of games in the National Prep Showcase.

Platek’s first game of the weekend was an impressive showing, as he scored 18 points on 8-for-14 shooting, including 2-for-3 from the three-point stripe. Platek also added five assists and four rebounds.

What stood out the most was Platek’s comfort level with the ball, outside of just catch and shoot three-pointers. The highlight play was a dunk in transition, but he also made good decisions with the ball and finished plays off of cuts and in transition.

In the second game of the weekend, Northfield Mount Hermon lost to IMG Academy. Platek went for 10 points on 4-for-18 shooting and a pair of assists.

Q&A WITH ANDREW PLATEK

How do you think you’ve been playing in the early going this season?
Besides today I think I’ve been playing pretty well. I’m trying to expand on all facets of my game in transition, trying to get to the hoop, just trying to draw fouls and not be just a shooter.

It seemed today and yesterday you were more comfortable making plays off the dribble - do you feel that way?
Yeah, I played more of the three last year because Ian (Sistare) and Kellan (Grady) were the main back court but I got moved to the ‘2’ this year, which is a position I’m comfortable in so me and Kellan will switch off and bring the ball up the court and we can work off each other really well.

I didn’t know you could jump like you did.
A lot of people didn’t. That’s some sneaky bounce.

What’s the Carolina staff telling you to work on?
Keep developing all aspects of my game. He told me I’m going to be a two/three. I obviously need to be a little bit bigger for college, just keep working on my shot, and the things that make me successful today are what they’re going to look for in college.

Now that you’ve signed, can you reflect back on the biggest reason you chose to go to Carolina?
Just, I wanted the highest level of competition, I wanted the best teammates I could possibly have and it’s that family atmosphere at North Carolina that’s really true and I felt that as soon as I stepped on campus.

Have you been following their team closely this year?
Yeah they’re pretty good. I mean Justin Jackson and Joel Berry, they’re great guys, I met them down on my official and they’re fantastic basketball players so I think they’ll go very far this year.

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