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Several North Carolina targets are headed to Canada with Team USA on Thursday.

North Carolina recruiting: 5 Tar Heels targets gain Team USA spots

Cody Pace

Join us daily at ACC DieHards for the latest North Carolina recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Tar Heels. Don’t miss any coverage from Cody Pace and the team. Read his daily notebooks here at 7 p.m. ET Sunday through Thursday. In this edition, we discuss the final 12-man roster for the USA U18 National Team headed to St. Catherines, Canada on Thursday for the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.

The USA National Team heads to St. Catherines, Ontario, for the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship on Thursday, and several North Carolina targets will be making the trip.

As we wrote in the Dean’s List on Sunday, the USA U18 National Team reduced its roster from 33 to 18 over the weekend, but needed to cut six more players before leaving on Thursday.

Those cuts came on Tuesday from the USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee and most of North Carolina’s targets and its lone signee, 5-star combo guard Coby White, fared well.

In total, seven North Carolina targets made the weekend cut and all but two — 5-star small forward Keion Brooks and 5-star Class of 2020 center Hunter Dickinson — made the final roster.

That means 5-star combo guard Cole Anthony, 5-star power forward/center Armando Bacot, 5-star power forward Matthew Hurt and 5-star power forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl will join White in Canada from June 10-16.

Of the two, Brooks is the more surprising cut given how much he has done to improve his stock over the last couple of months. But that could end up a good thing for the Tar Heels; Brooks will have an extra week to take visits before the July evaluation periods begin should he choose to use it.

Tar Heels crack top 7 for WR Yusuf Terry

Although North Carolina may have lost a receiver on Monday, when 4-star signee Jordyn Adams was selected 17th in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft, it may have taken its first steps in securing the first receiver in its 2019 cycle as well.

On Monday night, 3-star Philadelphia receiver Yusuf Terry released his top 7 schools, which consisted of the Tar Heels, Rutgers, West Virginia, Central Florida, Baylor, Syracuse and Missouri.

Terry ranks as the No. 69 receiver and No. 536 overall prospect in the Class of 2019.

Terry’s interest in North Carolina at this point is a positive, because the Tar Heels don’t appear to have been involved that long. Terry received his offer from North Carolina on April 26 and neither Rivals nor 247Sports lists North Carolina as one of the schools recruiting him.

Rutgers, West Virginia and Central Florida are viewed as the three favorites to land Terry. He visited Rutgers and West Virginia in March.

As North Carolina prepares to begin its summer camps soon, Terry is a prospect to keep an eye on and a visit could go a long way in boosting the Tar Heels’ chances.

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