“It felt like home to me,” and with that, class of 2012 small forward J.P. Tokoto chose the Tar Heels moments ago over Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky, Marquette, Maryland, UCLA, and Wisconsin. He fills North Carolina’s biggest hole in their lineup since they have no elite small forwards on their roster or in the class of 2011 other than Harrison Barnes, who will surely be gone by the time Tokoto enrolls at Chapel Hill. He is the #6 small forward in the class of 2012 and is a big-time talent who will have a chance to start from day one at UNC. Here is my evaluation of him:
35. J.P. Tokoto SF (North Carolina)- Tokoto is one of the most athletic players in the country and loves to attack the offensive glass for highlight-reel dunks. He crashes the boards well defensively too for a wing-player and finishes well in the paint. He also excels in transition where he uses his good court vision to dish it off to an open teammate or finishes niftily around the rim. Tokoto flashes great ball-handling skills once in a while as well. However, he needs to improve on his perimeter shooting as well as his mid-range jumper. He can also learn to create more for himself on the offensive end and add some muscle to his frame but he has a lot of potential so don’t be surprised if he works his way into the top-25 by the time he goes on to college.