Tokoto Recaps UNC Trip

Roy Williams and his staff at North Carolina have made it clear that they are prioritizing J.P. Tokoto in the 2012 class. After making several trips to his high school this season, the Tar Heels hosted Tokoto for another unofficial visit last week.

During his trip to North Carolina, the 6-foot-6, 190-pound wing out of Menomonee Falls (Wisc.) High, was able to take a full tour of the campus and attend one of the nation's top rivalry games, accompanied by his family.

"That was awesome," he said of his latest visit to North Carolina, having been on campus last May for an AAU tournament and then again in August for a one-day stop. "Going back it was like, ‘Wow' I'm back here,'" he said. "I couldn't believe it. I got to see them for the first time live. What a game to be at. It was awesome. It was North Carolina/Duke. All the records were thrown out the window."

Following the game, Tokoto sat down with Williams and discussed North Carolina's future and a possible scholarship offer down the road.

"We [talked] for a little bit," the five-star prospect said. "We talked about the team and how they are playing and their plans for next year.

"The NCAA encourages not to offer sophomores so that's what he's sticking with because he's on the committee," Tokoto added. "So he's going to wait until June 15th before pushing things forward."

So, once June 15th hits, will Tokoto have an offer from the Heels?

"He pretty much said that," the No. 1 ranked small forward in the 2012 class admitted.

Tokoto, who already has scholarship offers from Marquette, Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota, Kentucky, Kansas, Duke, Iowa State and Michigan State, was especially impressed with the way Williams represented himself.

"Just talking to Coach [Williams], he just seems like a really cool guy," he said. "He's a cool guy. All of the coaches are like that, but I was surprised that the coach from North Carolina and a coach that is so legendary was so down to earth. He was real cool."

Despite starting the recruiting process earlier than most, Tokoto isn't rushing into a decision. He's merely educating himself by taking visits, so a year from now he can sit down and discuss the process more.

"I'm pretty much even with everybody," Tokoto said. "I can't play favorites right now because I want to keep my recruitment open. But next year I'm going to put a list together and by the end of my junior year start looking into making a decision."

Tokoto is currently ranked No. 4 overall in Scout.com's early top 10 for 2012.

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