Roy Williams watched Josh Nickelberry on Thursday night. On Friday morning, the North Carolina head coach offered him a Tar Heel scholarship, Nickelberry confirmed to Inside Carolina.
The 6-3, 172-pound sophomore guard at Fayetteville (N.C.) Trinity Christian, scored 19 points in a loss against UNC 2018 commitment Coby White's Wilson (N.C.) Greenfield team.
Nickelberry has made local headlines with a prolific scoring spree to start his sophomore season, including a 33-point effort on nine made three-pointers a couple weeks ago against Word of God (which has UNC 2017 commitment Brandon Huffman) at the Joe Miller Invitational. He also earned an invite to the USA Basketball Junior National Team Mini-Camp in October. He'll be playing on the Nike EYBL circuit in 2017 with the Georgia Stars.
North Carolina's offer comes after Nickelberry made a few trips to Chapel Hill in recent months - on Sept. 17, then Late Night with Roy on Oct. 14, and most recently for UNC's game against Tennessee on Dec. 11. He also attended Late Night last year.
"Nickelberry's ascent his sophomore season has seized the attention of local observers," said Inside Carolina's Rob Harrington. "While his recent size and quickness gains have yet to play out on the national stage. he could have a big spring against top competition. In addition to his improvements, he remains an excellent jump shooter with the versatility to play a combo guard role at the next level."
While UNC is jumping in early on this recruitment, Nickelberry already has offers from ACC schools in Clemson, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, as well as VCU and Baylor.