The concerns for a college basketball team coming off of a championship season are usually focused on the next season’s roster and this year is no different for the Tar Heels. Many fans will cite the awful 2009-2010 season (which I’ve erased from my memory) when they talk about how Roy should be recruiting harder, but things are a lot brighter this time around for the UNC basketball recruiting class.

Here’s a rundown of the 2017 class:

Jalek Felton

Metrics

Height: 6’2″

Weight: 175

Stats

26.3 points

4.8 rebounds

5.4 assists

National Rank: 27

Notes

I actually had the pleasure of playing with this guy in Woolen Gym on campus one time, with his future teammate Brandon Huffman. Felton is very athletic with a wiry frame that should make for an interesting player. He has a knack for scoring around the basket. He should be able to make an immediate impact on the offensive end.

Garrison Brooks

Metrics

Height: 6’9″

Weight: 215

Stats

14.3 points

9.1 rebounds

2.3 blocks

National Rank: 128

Notes

Brooks is known for his skilled post-game and his uncanny shot blocking ability. He was an excellent addition to the roster, especially with the possibility of Tony Bradley staying in the NBA Draft.

Brandon Huffman

Metrics

Height: 6’9″

Weight: 230

Stats

16.1 points

14.2 rebounds

2.2 blocks

National Rank: 189

Notes

Huffman is a strong big man with an solid build and a long wing span. After playing a few pickup games with him, I noted that his post game will need some work, but he is athletically gifted and is very talented on cleaning up the glass. He has a ton of potential to grow into a solid college post player.

Sterling Manley

Metrics

Height: 6’10”

Weight: 230

Stats

15.1 points

10.7 rebounds

National Rank: 262

Notes

I think the best look into who Sterling Manley is, is Roy Williams’ analysis on him. “He’s accepted the challenge to come here and play at the highest level, and he’s going to be a player that is going to get better and better and his upside is awfully big as well.” – per 247 sports

Andrew Platek

Metrics

Height: 6’4″

Weight: 190

Stats

13.4 points

5.1 rebounds

3.1 assists

National Rank: 214

Notes

Platek may be the most interesting recruit of the class, because of his shooting-focused play style. Roy has been quoted praising Platek’s toughness and shooting ability in the past, so we can only hope that his shooting will come out in full force on the Division 1 court.

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ACC Department Head / Content Contributor for Armchair UNC / The Armchair All-Americans LLC
I am nothing but a southern boy, from the prototype of small town USA; raised on sweet tea, good manners, and basketball. I modeled my game as a averagely athletic, Tyler Hansbrough with a jumpshot and it earned me a few emails from D-3 schools, so I write now. I attend the University of North Carolina and treat our teams like royalty. Go Heels, Go America, baby!
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ACC Department Head / Content Contributor for Armchair UNC / The Armchair All-Americans LLC
I am nothing but a southern boy, from the prototype of small town USA; raised on sweet tea, good manners, and basketball. I modeled my game as a averagely athletic, Tyler Hansbrough with a jumpshot and it earned me a few emails from D-3 schools, so I write now. I attend the University of North Carolina and treat our teams like royalty. Go Heels, Go America, baby!

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