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Vernon Carey Jr. was among the players who made the cut for the Team USA U17 World Cup roster.

North Carolina recruiting: Two targets make first cut for USA U17 roster

Cody Pace

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Team USA makes first World Cup cut

North Carolina recently fixed a lot of its attention on the FIBA U18 Americas with a handful of prospects on the roster for a Team USA squad that won gold.

While those prospects return their focus to the recruiting trail, a new crop of prospects will turn its attention to the national stage. With the U17 World Cup set to begin at the end of June, Team USA is again in tryout mode, and North Carolina has a couple of prospects in the mix.

On Monday, Team USA announced its first round of cuts, taking the roster down to 18 players.

Of those 18, two — 5-star power forward Vernon Carey Jr. and 5-star small forward Wendell Moore — made the cut.

Carey, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native, is the No. 1 power forward and No. 2 overall prospect in the Class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite. The Tar Heels cracked his top 5 in May and should expect to receive an official visit in the fall.

Moore, a Concord, N.C., native and former teammate of 2018 signee Rechon Black, is the No. 4 small forward and No. 17 overall player, per the 247Sports composite. Moore also named a final 5 in May that included the Tar Heels and he, too, has yet to schedule an official visit.

The U17 World Cup begins on June 26 in Rosario and Santa Fe, Argentina. The team will leave for Argentina on June 23, before which six additional prospects will have to be cut to bring the roster to 12.

Khafre Brown names top 4

One of North Carolina’s top football targets in the Class of 2019, 4-star athlete Khafre Brown, has trimmed his list.

On Monday, Brown named a top 4 of North Carolina, Tennessee, Michigan and Georgia.

Brown is the No. 197 prospect in the Class of 2019. He was initially listed as a running back, but 247Sports now has him as a receiver, the No. 33 pass catcher in the class. It’s not clear what position North Carolina sees Brown playing long term.

It’s unsurprising to see Brown include the Tar Heels or be a bit of a question mark positionally. Brown is the younger brother of Dyami Brown, a North Carolina signee who did a little bit of everything at West Mecklenburg High School. The elder Brown will play receiver for the Tar Heels.

With the family and in-state ties, North Carolina is the heavy favorite to land Brown. However, Tennessee in particular has come on strong since Jeremy Pruitt became the coach. Brown visited Knoxville, Tenn., twice since April, including a camp over the weekend. Since last June, Brown has been on North Carolina’s campus at least five times.

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