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North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams offered a preferred walk-on spot to 2018 point guard Marque Maultsby this week.

North Carolina recruiting: Tar Heels basketball extends new offer

Cody Pace

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It’s been several months since the North Carolina basketball coaching staff handed out an offer of any kind, but that changed this week.

North Carolina’s Class of 2018 recruiting board had seemingly been whittled down to Zion Williamson or nothing with its class size of three pushing the limits of the available scholarships.

But even as it looks like Williamson is leaning elsewhere with a decision to come later in January, the Tar Heels may be maneuvering to add another player. Earlier this week, Roy Williams sent an email to Garner Magnet (N.C.) coach Eddie Gray to extend an offer to his 6-foot-2 point guard Marque Maultsby as a preferred walk-on, according to Rivals’ Clint Jackson.

“I took a look at the email and I was just in shock,” Maultsby told Jackson. “I was lost for words. I was just telling my self, this is really staggering. And that this is a blessing from God.”

According to Jackson, Maultsby has been heavily recruited by lower and middle Division I schools including Army, UNC-Greensboro, Hofstra and The Citadel. While the offer may not be a lucrative one compared to a full scholarship at those other schools, Maultsby called UNC his “dream school” and one of his “premier options.”

“UNC has always been my dream school,” Maultsby told Rivals. “This is just a blessing from God, as I progress forward, I look to seek help from the Lord and my family to make the best decision possible. As of right now, I still look to explore my options, with UNC definitely being one of my premier options.”

Maultsby may actually have 5-star combo guard signee Coby White and 5-star 2019 small forward Vernon Carey Jr. to thank for the offer.

The North Carolina coaching staff took notice of Maultsby during the John Wall Holiday Invitational just after Christmas. While White was the one putting up headlines and breaking the scoring record, it was actually Maultsby and Garner that won the David West bracket over White’s Greenfield School.

In that game, Maultsby put up 14 points and earned himself an all-tournament team selection. According to Jackson, the North Carolina coaching staff took notice of him while watching White and felt that he’d be a good addition for the depth of the team.

While Maultsby was floored by the offer, he has not yet decided whether he will accept the offer or pursue a full scholarship with one of the other schools that have offered him.

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