UNC Basketball Recruiting: Latest Updates on Tar Heels' Top 2015 Targets

Todd SalemContributor IIIJanuary 27, 2014

North Carolina coach Roy Williams, left, reacts following a play against Kentucky during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. North Carolina won 82-77. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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The 2013-14 North Carolina Tar Heels are in the midst of a wild season filled with tremendous highs and crushing lows.

Next season's recruiting class is already filled with 5-star talents ready to become citizens of Chapel Hill.

However, it is never too early to take a look toward the upcoming high school recruiting class of 2015. After all, coaches and scouts have already been hard at work with these juniors, attempting to determine who is worth their time, who deserves a scholarship offer and who would be the best fit for their school.

For North Carolina, the wish list for 2015 is very deep and very talented, starting with two multi-star recruits who play for the same high school.

Stephen Zimmerman is the top center in the country and No. 2 recruit in the entire 2015 class according to ESPN Recruit rankings. The 5-star 7-footer plays at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas with 4-star power forward Chase Jeter.

Zimmerman and Jeter both have UNC on their list. However, this far out, each player has a list of possible schools that reads like a power poll. Zimmerman's is 15 schools long; Jeter's is 15 as well.

That is nothing out of the ordinary at this point in the recruiting process for 2015 players. In fact, according to ESPN, only 11 of the top 60 players in the 2015 class have committed to a school. None of those 11 are heading to UNC, which is why coach Roy Williams is out on the trail.

TarHeelTimes.com says Williams visited Las Vegas a couple weeks ago to check out Zimmerman and Jeter. He was also just visited by another 2015 hopeful when Brandon Ingram came to see the Heels this past weekend.

Ingram right now is the only 2015 recruit who has scheduled or participated in an official visit to the school. He is a 5-star small forward. ESPN has him as the 13th player in the class.

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Other than UNC coaches showing an interest in someone or having that player schedule an official visit, it is hard to tell who is thinking what. The list of players with UNC on their consideration list right now is 13 names long. Over the next few weeks and months, a number of those players will make a decision about their future that does not involve Carolina.

UNC, partially revealing its intentions, has only sent an offer to six of these men: Zimmerman, Jeter and Ingram, as well as 5-star power forward Ivan Rabb, 5-star shooting guard P.J. Dozier and 5-star shooting guard Antonio Blakeney.

Not all of these guys will be coming to North Carolina. If they did, UNC would actually have some scholarship and rotation issues on its hands. However, these are the men coach Williams and the Tar Heels have in their sights at the moment, which is good news for fans. North Carolina is once again aiming high and aiming often with the hopes of landing another top-flight class.