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Mailbag: North Carolina’s targets in the class of 2013

Who does UNC have the best shot at landing to go along with Hicks and Britt from the 2013 class?” –Bobby (Kentucky)

As you mentioned, North Carolina is already off to a great start in the class of 2013 having already landed two elite juniors in point guard Nate Britt and power forward Isaiah Hicks. Britt and Hicks are the top two committed guys in their class and Britt is a top-three point guard among juniors while Hicks is a top-five power forward. However, Tar Heel head coach Roy Williams is far from done.

Two guys immediately pop into mind when thinking about who UNC is targeting in the class of 2013 and that’s small forward Troy Williams and power forward Julius Randle, both arguably top-five prospects. Williams recently narrowed his list down to five schools which included the Tar Heels and Randle has visited North Carolina twice in the past week.

Williams’ list of five contains Georgetown, Kentucky, North Carolina, Villanova and Virginia Tech but the Hoyas, Wildcats and Tar Heels seem to be a clear top three. Beyond that, it seems from conversations with Williams that he really likes Georgetown and North Carolina so if I had to venture a guess as to the two likeliest destinations for him, it would be Washington D.C. or Chapel Hill.

Former Georgetown head coach John Thompson, Jr. and current Georgetown head coach John Thompson III are two big reasons the athletically gifted wing is interested in the Hoyas. It also doesn’t hurt that his aunt, Terri Williams-Flournoy, is Georgetown’s women’s head basketball coach. Williams visited the nation’s capital for Midnight Madness in mid-October and likes how close to home the campus is to his Virginia home. He also identified Georgetown first after we asked him what he’s looking for in a school and who matches that description and North Carolina second.

Although Williams doesn’t have the connections to UNC that he does to Georgetown, the Tar Heels have always seemed to have stand out to the 6’7 forward. He’s raved to NRS about his visit to Chapel Hill and really likes North Carolina’s coaching staff.

Even though I think Kentucky is behind Georgetown and North Carolina in Williams’ recruitment, they’re certainly a major player. He’s already visited Lexington twice and appreciates how well head coach John Calipari produces NBA players.

Randle is the other big name to come to mind when thinking about the Tar Heel’s junior recruiting class but they’re going to have to battle other big names like Duke, Kansas and Kentucky to land him. I’d peg both the Tobacco Road rivals and the Wildcats as the three schools in the best position to get Randle but the Blue Devils may be the odd one out of the bunch. Randle has talked about how much he loves the playing style at Chapel Hill and how he loves how guys like Harrison Barnes and James McAdoo are used.

We’d like to thank Bobby for dropping us a mailbag question using our new contact form and encourage you to do the same below if you have any questions at all you would like us to answer.

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