North Carolina recruiting: 2018 class seems complete after Jordan Brown commits elsewhere
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Jordan Brown commits to Nevada
Things started to seem bleak between North Carolina and 5-star power forward Jordan Brown a little over a week ago when a report about his top 3 surfaced that did not include the Tar Heels.
Brown always seemed like a bit of a desperation move by coach Roy Williams after losing out on 5-star power forwards E.J. Montgomery and Zion Williamson. At the time, Brown was the highest-rated college-bound player in the class and at least appeared receptive to new schools despite the fact that he’d taken four of his five official visits.
There even appeared to be some mutual interest, but that all came crashing down Friday night when Brown, the No. 5 power forward and No. 17 overall player in the senior class, committed to Nevada.
Battle Born!🐺 pic.twitter.com/oHkf9GKy2F
— Jordan Brown (@JIBrown21) May 11, 2018
The commitment is a huge grab for Nevada and coach Eric Musselman, and a pretty disappointing, though not unexpected, whiff for Williams and the Tar Heels. With that commitment and the subsequent news that the Tar Heels are no longer pursuing Kentucky transfer Sacha Killeya-Jones, North Carolina’s Class of 2018 efforts appear to be over.
The Tar Heels’ Class of 2018 — featuring 5-star small forward Nassir Little, 5-star combo guard Coby White and 4-star guard/forward Rechon Black — certainly can’t be considered disappointing. However, the class does lack a post presence.
That’s not a huge deal because the Tar Heels landed three — Garrison Brooks, Brandon Huffman and Sterling Manley — in the Class of 2017. But that puts a lot of pressure on the Class of 2019 to deliver a post player, which has largely shaped North Carolina’s efforts.
The top targets so far have been 5-star power forward/center Armando Bacot, 5-star center Will Baker and 5-star power forward Matthew Hurt. Expect to continue to hear a lot about those three players over the coming months as North Carolina gets serious with its Class of 2019 efforts.
Jordyn Adams’ baseball season ends in record books
One of the more interesting football recruiting storylines to follow for the next month will have nothing to do with football.
One of the best players in the Tar Heels’ 2018 signing class, 4-star receiver Jordyn Adams, could have a big decision to make between Major League Baseball, where he could be a first-round draft pick worth millions on June 12, or North Carolina, where he’ll play both football and baseball.
Adams has made a meteoric rise up the draft boards over the last year, and it’s easy to see why. His high school season came to a close over the weekend with a loss in the state playoffs. With the loss, Adams’ historic season was cemented in the record books.
Among the records Adams broke at Green Hope High School in Cary, N.C., according to his coach Michael Miragliuolo, included career batting average (.471), career on-base percentage (.564) and stolen bases (57).
Jordyn Adams set new GH career bests for batting average (.471) and OBP (.564) edging GH HofF member Jon Willard (‘02) in each category. He also finished 1st all time with 57 SBs followed by fellow senior Connor Knapp’s 46 career steals. #ghbaseball
— Coach Miragliuolo (@GHBaseball) May 12, 2018
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