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Roy Williams will have a shorter trip when he goes to see 5-star power forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl this fall.

North Carolina recruiting: Jeremiah Robinson-Earl transferring

Cody Pace

Join us daily at ACC DieHards for the latest North Carolina recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Tar Heels. Don’t miss any coverage from Cody Pace and the team. Read his daily notebooks here at 7 p.m. ET Sunday through Thursday. In this edition, we discuss 5-star power forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl’s transfer to IMG Academy and why it could benefit North Carolina.

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl transferring to IMG Academy

Transferring high schools for the purposes of better competition and exposure has become somewhat commonplace among football and basketball prospects over the last decade or so, and it looks like one of North Carolina’s top 2019 targets is following suit.

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, a 5-star power forward from Mission, Kan., is transferring from his hometown Bishop Miege High School to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., according to Rivals’ Eric Bossi.

The move, which totals about 1,300 miles, actually could prove beneficial for the Tar Heels. Being in Bradenton, Fla., he’s about 300 miles closer to Chapel Hill. That’s not a substantial gain, given that Bradenton is still more than 750 miles from Chapel Hill, but it does move him much farther from Kansas, which has been considered the favorite to land Robinson-Earl.

Previously, Robinson-Earl was just over 40 miles from Kansas’ campus in Lawrence, Kan. He took advantage of that proximity, taking at least four unofficial visits since 2016, the most he’s taken to any school, and had several in-home visits from Kansas coach Bill Self.

Robinson-Earl is a Kansas legacy, being the son of former Kansas player Lester Earl. However, Roy Williams was Earl’s coach at Kansas, so North Carolina has a bit of pull itself with the nation’s No. 4 power forward and No. 19 overall player.

Vernon Carey Jr., Wendell Moore set to travel with Team USA for FIBA U17 World Cup

Over the weekend, Team USA boarded a plane headed to Argentina for the FIBA U17 World Cup, which is set to begin on Saturday.

Two Tar Heels targets – 5-star power forward Vernon Carey Jr. and 5-star small forward Wendell Moore — made the final cuts, which were announced on Thursday, to make that trip.

Carey is the nation’s top power forward and No. 2 overall player, trailing only 5-star center James Wiseman. Carey announced his final five schools in May, which included North Carolina, Duke, Michigan State, Miami and Kentucky.

Moore is the nation’s No. 4 small forward and No. 17 overall player. He too announced his final five schools in May, which included North Carolina, N.C. State, Wake Forest, South Carolina and Duke, the perceived favorite. Moore has scheduled four of his five official visits, with North Carolina being the only one left to set.

The FIBA World Cup includes teams from 16 countries. Group play begins Saturday with the U.S. taking on China. Its group also includes Mali and Serbia.

The event, held biennially since 2010, has been dominated by Team USA, which has captured all four gold medals with a perfect 30-0 record.

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