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:
National Rank: 27
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.
National Rank: 128
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.
National Rank: 189
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.
National Rank: 262
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
National Rank: 214
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.