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Armando Working Toward UNC Offer

Rapidly improving forward eying another Chapel Hill trip.

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Armando Bacot keeps trending upward.

The 6-9 class of 2019 post from Richmond (Va.) Trinity Episcopal logged a strong opening weekend at the adidas Gauntlet.

He was watched multiple times by Tar Heel assistant coach Hubert Davis while head coach Roy Williams evaluated Bacot's development with Team Loaded Virginia on Saturday.

Already having been to Chapel Hill twice for unofficial visits, there is a chance that Bacot goes to UNC once again following this weekend.

"I may be going to Maryland on Monday. I'm not sure. And I may be visiting UNC this week," Bacot said.

When asked why he would visit a school for a third time in the last seven months, Bacot sounded excited to potentially see UNC once again.

"I mean, I just love it up there at North Carolina. It's a great school, good coaches and a great atmosphere," Bacot said.

With the way Bacot has played so far this weekend -- averaging 14.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game on 61 percent shooting over three Gautlet games -- he's hoping that a potential offer from North Carolina might be on the way at some point.

"I know they're supposed to be coming to see me play. But I know they're going to recruit me hard, and sooner-or-later, that I'm going to get an offer and stuff like that," Bacot said.

Part of the reason that Bacot said he is so intrigued by North Carolina is how the program uses its big men and the reputation the coaching staff has of getting the ball into the post. Bacot watched the Tar Heel post players closely during the national championship run.

"It's a good school for big men. They always start with their big men and then they work outside. So that's something that I definitely like and something I definitely look at," Bacot said.

"Isaiah Hicks, Tony Bradley and Kennedy Meeks, they all played a big role [winning the title]. They all came into the game with energy and scored."

Playing with Team Loaded VA, Bacot is getting a chance to log a lot of minutes alongside another talented big man in class of 2018 center David McCormack. The experience has allowed Bacot to showcase some different skills.

"I'm showing [college coaches] that I can also play the four position," he said. "Because playing with Big Dave, another big, I'm allowed to do more stuff and be more versatile. Showing that I can guard fours, and also play on the wing, knock down open threes and things like that."

So far, Bacot is 2-for-2 from three-point range on the weekend as he's done a good job of taking small players inside and forcing bigger players on the wing.

"I love it. I feel like we're one of the biggest teams in the nation so it's easier to do things," Bacot said. "Sometimes I have a mismatch on me so I'm able to post up or take them on the wing.

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