Tar Heels Targeting Tokoto

With the state of North Carolina's recruiting, the UNC coaches have been able to focus on underclassmen earlier and earlier. With a couple of 2011 commitments already - and limited room for that class to grow for now - they are focusing attention on a sophomore out of Wisconsin.

Roy Williams and his staff have targeted 2012 prospect J.P. Tokoto, of Menomonee Falls (Wisc.) High. After watching Tokoto on the summer circuit, UNC hosted him for a visit in August. An assistant watched him prior to the season and then Williams made the trip to see him in late September.

"They've been out here twice," Tokoto said. "They can't offer me a scholarship because I'm a sophomore. They want to wait until my junior year. If they are going to do that, they wanted to wait."

"I've talked to Coach Roy at home over the phone a few times," he added. "It was very humbling because I'm the only 2012 prospect on his list that he's looking at. It's surprising because it's North Carolina."

Although UNC is waiting to offer a scholarship, Kansas, Marquette, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, Michigan State, Kentucky, Florida and Duke have already offered the 6-foot-6 wing a full ride.

Tokoto with Roy Williams
(Courtesy Wisconsin Playground Warriors)
"It's been going pretty good," he said about the recruiting process. "I have some games scheduled coming up that we are going to go watch. I got invited to the Kentucky/Louisville game and the Duke/North Carolina game on February 10th."

The trip to North Carolina will be the second time Tokoto, who has also visited Duke, Wisconsin, Kansas, Marquette and Indiana, visits the Chapel Hill campus.

"I loved the campus," Tokoto said. "It's one of the best. I got a chance to look at the basketball dorms and they were really nice. I even got a chance to look at the basketball hall of fame, which many schools don't have, which was amazing."

Although UNC has made an early impact on his recruitment, Tokoto isn't close to making his college decision. In fact, he's not claiming a leader and is still a ways from a decision.

"I don't have any favorites," Tokoto said. "It's all equal. I'm going to wait until the end of next season to make a decision."

Tokoto's sophomore season is off to an impressive start. He's averaging 16.5 points, 11 rebounds and a pair of blocks a game.

"It has started off really great," he said. "We are 5-1. We lost to the team ranked No. 4 in the state. We are ranked No. 5. All the other teams we've played we've been blowing them out by 20 or more."

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