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2020 UNC Basketball Recruiting Target Intro: Isaiah Todd

Freshman phenom already fully planted on the Tar Heel recruiting radar.

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Isaiah Todd doesn't necessarily need an introduction at this point.

After all, high school basketball followers, national scouts, Inside Carolina readers and the Tar Heel basketball staff are already quite familiar with the freshman phenom.

Standing 6-10, 200 pounds, and hailing from Richmond (Va.) John Marshall, Todd is already is in early discussions as the potential No. 1 prospect in the nation's class of 2020.

Obviously there is a lot of time and a lot of ball to be played before a college commitment or final class rankings come out, but Todd has some eye-popping abilities that will make him a must-follow prospect the next few years.

Todd first burst on the national scene during the fall of 2016 at the USA Basketball developmental camp in Colorado Springs. With his ability to hit jumpers, score around the basket and defend at the rim, Todd was among the most productive young prospects in attendance and many observed that he could have the most upside of the group.

"Todd was effective on the offensive end and showed confidence as a scorer," the Scout.com staff wrote from the event. "Todd hunted mid-range jump shots, showing fine mechanics and consistency as a shot maker from that area. Todd has quality hands and very good touch. He also showed good mobility, running the floor with ease. He was also active as a shot blocker on the defensive end."

From there, Todd completed his first season with John Marshall High and is spending this spring playing with Team Loaded Virginia on the 16U level of the adidas circuit. Todd played in the adidas Gauntlet this past weekend in Texas. North Carolina head coach Roy Williams and assistant Hubert Davis were in attendance for his 8 a.m. tip-off on Saturday morning.

And that wasn't the first time Williams has seen Todd.

Todd made his first recruiting visit to Chapel Hill last September to attend practice and spend time with the team. He returned in January to attend UNC's win over Florida State. Ten days after that game, Williams made a weeknight trip to Richmond to watch Todd play.

"I like that North Carolina is a family," Todd said. "They play as a family. And I learned that they play in transition very well.".

Todd has also had some time to speak to Williams, although he is still in the very early stages of building a relationship.

"I've talked to him briefly most of the time," Todd said. "'Hi and bye,' and how the season is going and stuff like that.

"He hasn't really talked to me much in depth because he's always on the move."

Todd has only just begun to log recruiting trips. There are undoubtedly many more in his future.

"I've been to UNC multiple times. I've been to N.C. State. Been to Duke. Been to Wake Forest, UVa. Mostly schools on the East Coast," Todd said. "I just want to explore every college that wants me so I can have a wide variety [of options]."

Even if Todd still has a ways to go before deciding, he has some factors in mind already that will help him eventually decide.

"Coaching staff, style of play, location, how far is it from home. The coaching stability; is the coach going to be there by the time I commit? How many one-and-dones they put in the NBA. Stuff like that," Todd said.

As far as his development, Todd is trying to get more accustomed to playing away from the basket as he showed a high degree of comfort facing up at the USA Camp and that has continued in the high school and AAU ranks. Todd is continuing to work on his jumper and perimeter skills to make him a well-rounded offensive player.

"I gradually have been playing more of the wing, so just getting more comfortable attacking off the dribble and getting more confidence in my shot," Todd said. "Not only from the high school three-point line but from college three-point line and NBA three-point line. I'm preparing myself for the future.

"My go-to is a mid-post fadeaway, kind of like what Andrew Wiggins does. I like to shoot a hook shot over my left shoulder. I know how to get to the basket from the free-throw line."

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