North Carolina recruiting: Tar Heels, Josh Green have mutual interest
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Tar Heels eyeing Australian SF/SG Josh Green
For a while, North Carolina’s guard board looked pretty thin.
It already had 4-star point guard Jeremiah Francis in the fold. When shooting guard Josh Nickelberry committed to Louisville, it looked like North Carolina was almost exclusively recruiting front court players.
Since then, it has been reported that the Tar Heels are in on 5-star combo guard Cole Anthony and view 5-star small forward Wendell Moore as a guard.
North Carolina now appears to have another name in the fold along the same vein as Moore, as the Tar Heels are pursuing 5-star shooting guard/small forward Josh Green, according to a report from Rivals’ Clint Jackson.
Green is classified as a small forward by 247Sports and a shooting guard by Rivals. He ranks as the No. 15 overall prospect in the Class of 2019.
Green, an Australian native who plays at IMG Academy, has always been a huge North Carolina fan, according to Sean McAloon, his coach at IMG. McAloon initially reached out to North Carolina about Green, according to Jackson. McAloon is familiar with the Tar Heels staff as the former coach of Benedictine in Richmond, Va., when the Tar Heels successfully recruited Ed Davis in 2008.
Green’s Tar Heel fandom will not necessarily make the process easy for Roy Williams and company, should they choose to offer. Several top programs have been on Green for a while and have already offered, including Kansas, Villanova, Arizona and UCLA.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see him pull in a North Carolina offer soon, however. As Rivals’ Corey Evans wrote Tuesday, North Carolina will keep a close eye on him during the July recruiting period. It will also see a lot of him in the fall with 5-star power forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, one of North Carolina’s top targets, transferring to IMG for his senior season.
Green has already visited Arizona twice in the last year and was at USC in March.
Tar Heels could add another commitment Monday
North Carolina football is having a strong June on the recruiting trail, but the month is almost over and it seems unlikely the Tar Heels will add again in the next couple of days.
It may not take long to get July off on the right track, though. On Saturday, 3-star corner Raykwon Anderson indicated that he’ll be committing on Monday.
I Will Be Committing July 2nd 🙏🏾
— Raykwon Anderson 2️⃣ (@Kwon_Era2) June 23, 2018
While North Carolina certainly isn’t hurting for defensive backs, the Tar Heels are considered the favorite to land the nation’s No. 148 corner in the Class of 2019. Anderson’s last visit was a trip to Chapel Hill for a camp on June 16.
He’ll be deciding among 10 offers, including Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Purdue and Central Florida.
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