North Carolina recruiting: Basketball targets make big moves in updated Top247 rankings
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New recruiting rankings shuffle Tar Heels targets
On Friday, 247Sports released its updated rankings on the heels of the spring evaluation periods.
A couple of North Carolina basketball targets — 5-star power forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl and 5-star small forward Wendell Moore — were among the outlet’s biggest movers.
Moore, a Concord, N.C., native, moved up eight spots to No. 18 nationally. Robinson-Earl, son of former Roy Williams player Lester Earl, moved up nine spots, just one spot behind Moore at No. 19 nationally.
Keion Brooks, a 5-star small forward and one of North Carolina’s newest targets, also made a big climb, going from No. 16 to No. 9.
One other prospect, 4-star shooting guard Josh Nickelberry, moved from No. 62 to No. 60.
North Carolina’s lone 2019 commit, 4-star point guard Jeremiah Francis, stayed at No. 50 nationally. That’s no surprise given that Francis has been out with a left knee injury for all of 2018.
The remainder of North Carolina’s recruiting board moved backward, but not necessarily because they did anything wrong.
Vernon Carey Jr., the Tar Heels’ top-rated target in the Class of 2019, moved back one spot to No. 3 after the emergence of 5-star combo guard Cole Anthony. The Tar Heels’ most developed recruiting relationship, 5-star power forward/center Armando Bacot, fell two spots to No. 33. That’s also not terribly surprising given that 247Sports has been more bullish on Bacot than other outlets that rank him as a 4-star prospect.
Here’s a look at how the rest of the Tar Heels’ 2019 targets fared:
Transfer QB Joe Burrow picks LSU
Last week, it was reported that Ohio State grad transfer quarterback Joe Burrow, a former 4-star prospect in the Class of 2015, was set to take a visit to North Carolina before making his decision.
As it turns out, that wasn’t necessary. On Friday, Burrow announced that he’ll be heading to LSU, the school he was favored to choose before North Carolina got involved.
It’s unclear if Burrow took that visit to Chapel Hill.
The move is not particularly surprising given North Carolina’s quarterback additions for the Class of 2018 that included 4-star dual-threat quarterback Jace Ruder and 3-star pro-style quarterback Cade Fortin.
North Carolina returns Chazz Surratt and Nathan Elliott in 2018. The tandem combined for 329 of North Carolina’s 407 pass attempts while amassing 2,268 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2017.
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