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UNC Basketball Expecting Big Recruit Turnout for Duke Game

UNC's top 2017 and 2018 targets will be in the Smith Center on Saturday night.

North Carolina will host its most impressive group of recruits in recent memory during its regular-season finale against Duke on Saturday. Among the expected visitors are the Tar Heels's highest-rated signee, their lone remaining target in 2017, their top target in 2018 and the first player they offered in the sophomore class.



Kevin Knox - It's fitting that Knox's final college game prior to enrolling in the summer is between two of his four finalists. Knox has made many trips to Chapel Hill and Durham since becoming one of both school's top targets about 18 months ago. Saturday's game won't be his first Duke-UNC game, however. He was at Cameron Indoor Stadium a year ago when the Tar Heels clinched the 2015-16 ACC regular-season title. Earlier on Saturday, Knox will compete for a Florida state championship. He's set to announce a college decision in April.


Jalek Felton - Felton's high school career came to an end in the South Carolina state semifinals last week. Now, he's focused on getting ready for what could be (pending NBA decisions from UNC's juniors) a heavy scoring load as a freshman. He'll participate in the Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y., along with Knox, in April. 


Brandon Huffman - North Carolina is undefeated at home this season, so Huffman, who has attended a lot of games, hasn't seen a home loss as a UNC signee. Already becoming a fan favorite, expect Huffman to be in the ear of the uncommitted visitors.



Zion Williamson - North Carolina's top target in 2018, Roy Williams has taken two trips to South Carolina in the last nine days. This will be Williamson's third trip to Chapel Hill since June, but his first for a regular-season game. Williamson is the No. 2 overall player in the class of 2018. There's no set timetable for Williamson's college decision, but expect Roy Williams to stay in it until the end.


Coby White - Among the best high school scorers in North Carolina history, his 1,069 points this year are the most ever by an in-state UNC commitment. White hasn't taken many trips to Chapel Hill, and it'll be his first Duke-UNC game. White will once again play AAU ball with Team CP3 this summer on the Nike EYBL circuit.


Jairus Hamilton - After receiving a scholarship offer from Roy Williams in Feb. 2016, Hamilton didn't make it back to Chapel Hill until UNC's blowout win over Virginia. Two weeks later, he's making the return trip. Hamilton recently picked up an offer from Kansas, and hopes to make a decision in the fall.


Rechon "Leaky" Black - With Montverde (Fla.) Academy on a break from its season until later this month, Black has been back in North Carolina on weekends. Already known as one of UNC's lead recruiters, Black plans to make the most of his time with Williamson and Hamilton - two of his close friends.



Wendell Moore - Like Knox, Moore will be participating in the state playoffs hours before attending Duke-UNC. Though he hasn't been in Chapel Hill in more than a month, Moore has visited UNC consistently over the last year. He's the second-youngest player to receive a scholarship from Williams at UNC. Despite being just 15, Moore will play on the CP3 17U team with White on the Nike EYBL circuit this summer.

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