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North Carolina basketball landed its first Class of 2020 commitment in 4-star power forward Day'Ron Sharpe.

North Carolina recruiting: Tar Heels getting ‘5-star player’ in power forward Day’Ron Sharpe

Cody Pace

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North Carolina got its Class of 2020 off to a strong start on Sunday evening with the commitment of 4-star power forward Day’Ron Sharpe.

The commitment came a little earlier than some might’ve expected, but it should come as no surprise. Sharpe (South Central, Winterville, N.C.) earned North Carolina’s first 2020 offer at the end of April, and the in-state prospect has been a strong Tar Heels lean since, given that North Carolina has been “his favorite school” since seventh grade, his high school coach Chris Cherry told 247Sports’ Sherrell McMillan.

He hasn’t been rated by 247Sports yet, and Rivals lists him as a 4-star prospect and just inside the top 100 at No. 90 overall, but that will change sooner rather than later. When discussing his commitment, Rivals’ Tar Heel Illustrated wrote: “He is going to rise in the next update from the national analysts.” Dwayne West, director of Garner Road Basketball Club, Sharpe’s AAU program, said he believes that Sharpe will be among the nation’s elite prospects by the time his senior year rolls around.

“Day’Ron is a 5-star player,” West said. “He has a great feel for the game that translates into positive plays for his teammates and himself. He passes well on the post, elbow and wing. He scores in different ways efficiently with no selfish tendencies.”

Sharpe has been praised for his post play, and, already standing at 6-foot-10 as a rising junior, he’s likely to continue to grow. During his sophomore campaign, he averaged 14.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, just shy of a double-double. But he also displayed his strong ability to anticipate, finishing third on the team in steals.

Tar Heels crack top 6 for tackle Asim Richards

A lot of prospects have started to narrow down their lists. Initially, North Carolina hadn’t seen too much success with those prospects, but that’s changed over the last week and a half.

On Sunday, the Tar Heels added another prospect to that list when 3-star Haverford, Pa., tackle Asim Richards revealed a top 6 of North Carolina, Duke, Maryland, Boston College, Virginia and Tennessee.

Richards is one of 18 tackles to receive an offer from the Tar Heels in the Class of 2019, but six of those have committed elsewhere.

Richards visited North Carolina in March and it looks as if the Tar Heels are well-positioned to receive an official visit once Richards starts taking them. Several of the schools that made the list have only offered recently, including Tennessee, which didn’t offer him until May 8.

Richards ranks as the No. 79 tackle and No. 831 overall player in the Class of 2019.

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