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North Carolina recruiting: 5-star forward Nassir Little, 4-star forward Darius Days narrow lists

Cody Pace

Join us daily at ACC DieHards for the latest North Carolina recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Tar Heels. In this edition, we discuss two recently offered forwards — 5-star Nassir Little and 4-star Darius Days — both of whom have narrowed their lists.


With two commits already on board for the Class of 2018, a lot of the attention on the recruiting trail from Roy Williams and his staff has shifted to the Class of 2019, as evidenced by his recent high-profile offers.

Since both members of the 2018 class — Coby White and Rechon Black — are guards, North Carolina still has a need for some size in the group.

Over the last couple of days, the Tar Heels have gotten some good news on that front, with both 5-star forward Nassir Little (Orlando Christian Prep/Orlando, Fla.) and 4-star forward Darius Days (The Rock School/Gainesville, Fla.) narrowing their lists. In the flurry of North Carolina offers that have come over the last couple weeks, Little and Days are among just a few from the Class of 2018.

Little, the more high profile of the two, named his top 5 on Wednesday night: North Carolina, joined by Arizona, Duke, Miami and Georgia Tech.

Little, the No. 6 small forward and No. 23 overall player in the Class of 2018, selected those schools from almost 40 offers that included Kansas, Louisville, Ohio State and UCLA.

North Carolina was expected to make the cut for the 6-foot-7, 210-pound forward, as was Georgia Tech, which already had an official visit scheduled with him for Aug. 26. Little will take an official visit to each of these five schools before making a decision, likely in the spring, according to Rivals’ Clint Jackson.

While there’s still a long way to go before Little makes his announcement, things are looking good for North Carolina, which has nine of the 13 predictions for Little on the 247Sports Crystal Ball.

Little might be the highest priority for the Tar Heels outside of, perhaps, No. 2 overall player Zion Williamson, who’s probably a long shot to end up in Chapel Hill.

While he might not be as highly rated, Days would be more than just a consolation prize if Little were to land elsewhere.

Days was a relatively late addition to the board for Williams, who did not offer the 6-7, 218-pound forward until last Saturday. Days included the Tar Heels in his top 11 schools on Tuesday, along with Kansas, LSU, Louisville, Providence, Texas A&M, Xavier, Ohio State, Indiana, Wichita State and Memphis.

While 11 schools seem like a lot, Days pared down the list from the nearly 30 schools that offered him.  That means the nation’s No. 19 power forward and No. 74 overall player cut his list of suitors by more than half. Well, at least he kind of did.

There’s an important caveat on Days’ top 11 schools that needs to be addressed — it isn’t final.

None of the 11 schools can be considered the favorite. That’s because the one school that seems to have the upper hand — Florida, which is in Gainesville where he attends high school — has yet to offer him.

So in reality, these are the top 11 schools that have extended an offer to this point. An offer from Florida would most certainly change this list. Days also has been looked at by Duke and Maryland, although neither of those schools has offered him. How this list changes if those three schools get in the mix might be more telling than the actual list itself.