As I mentioned earlier, I don't have a good feeling about Jabari Parker making it to Chapel Hill. Obviously, Coach Williams wants another small forward to go with J.P. Tokoto in 2013.
After all the work on Troy Williams, it doesn't seem like he will be heading to North Carolina either. He had narrowed his list to Kentucky and North Carolina, but that short list turned into 11 after his postponed decision.
Now he's talking about possibly teaming up with Anothony “Cat” Barber (subscription required) and Louisville seems to be a favorite among the two.
If I am correct about those two prospects, then that still leaves a void at small forward. Nick King would be a perfect solution to the problem.
What I really like about King is his ability push the ball up the floor and shoot like a 2-guard, but he can also post up and rebound like a small forward. In reality, the 6'7” prospect out of Memphis could play either position. His game and size is somewhat comparable to current Tar Heel, Reggie Bullock.
But out of all the players I mentioned, he has yet to get an offer. That probably has to do with Troy Williams still being on the list. I say it's time to drop Troy from the list and go with King.
And though there hasn't been much to go on about the possibilities of King choosing Carolina, I did come across an intriguing quote—and it wasn't from Nick King.
In an interview with National Recruiting Spotlight, shooting guard JaJuan Johnson mentioned North Carolina and Duke as schools he'd really like to get an offer from. And even though he has offers from 12 other schools, he said, “I’d be highly excited to get offered from either of those [Duke and UNC] so I probably would [commit].”
It turns out he was a fan of the rivalry growing up, so those two programs remain on his wish list.
The significance of this is that he is friends with Nick King and the two have discussed playing together. “Me and Nick King talk about going to the same school,” Johnson said, in the same interview. “It’s important but it’s not that important. It’s just whatever fits us both. If something fits him but not me it obviously wouldn’t work out.”
Roy Williams has yet to offer or really even recruit a shooting guard. I think this could be a mistake because there was rumor that P.J. Hairston was considering the NBA after his poor freshman season.
What if he has a good one this year?
Reggie Bullock only has one year of eligibility left. What if he breaks out this season, as I have predicted?
The Tar Heels could be left with Leslie McDonald—or possibly even nobody—at the 2-guard spot, and I think it would be smart to snag a shooting guard. And since they never went after my pick, Wayne Seldon, he cut Carolina from his list and is no longer available.
Johnson is ranked No. 61 in the ESPN 100, but I can see that ranking going up over the next year. On top of that, there's nothing wrong with going after a 4-star recruit that is anywhere in the Top 100.
Johnson has good size at 6'5”, can light up the net from anywhere and has the ability to get to the rim. I have no doubt he and Nick King would be a perfect pair in Carolina—especially if matched up with some heavy-hitters down low.
Neither of these players have received an offer, and I'm not sure the coaching staff has even considered JaJuan Johnson. But I think this is the smartest pair to put their crosshairs on.
Class ranking means nothing and championships are everything. The Tar Heels need to make sure that they lock down solid players at the position. They can't spend all their time and effort on the top dogs.
That's how a program gets burned. It's time to give these two some love.