The North Carolina Tar Heels welcomed an early addition to their 2018 basketball recruiting class on Thursday when 4-star combo guard Coby White committed to the program.
White, who is a product of Greenfield School in Wilson, North Carolina, took to Twitter to announce his college decision:
hoop dreams💎 @whitecoby4
Blessed🙏🏽🐐 #GoHeels https://t.co/cdBl8124Bs2016-7-29 01:25:55
According to 247Sports' composite rankings, White is the 79th-best player in the 2018 class, the No. 5 player out of North Carolina and the third-rated combo guard in the country.
Scout.com's Sherrell McMillan reported that Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams offered White a scholarship just three days ago. It's clear UNC made quite an impression on White, which makes sense since the powerhouse is in his home state.
Sources told McMillan that a June 20 unofficial visit in which White played pickup basketball with current UNC players such as Kennedy Meeks and Joel Berry, along with NBA players Tyler Zeller and Raymond Felton, was key in securing White's commitment.
As for what White brings to the hardwood, he has a unique style of play. He uses hesitation moves to keep defenders on their heels, which allows him to create separation for a jumper or explode to the basket.
Although there are more dynamic athletes to be found among the nation's best recruits, White is quick and savvy enough to compete at a high level for the Tar Heels. His ball-handling is phenomenal, and his shooting range extends well beyond the three-point arc.
Stronger, more explosive counterparts will likely have their way with White when he tries to play defense until he packs on a few more pounds. Listed at 6'4" and 170 pounds, White has room to fill out his frame.
But it's difficult to be critical of White for not being bulky enough at this juncture. He still has two seasons of high school ball left and should continue to improve even before he arrives on campus at Chapel Hill.
UNC fans should look forward to White's arrival, provided his enthusiasm about being a future Tar Heel doesn't waver in the coming years and lead to a commitment elsewhere.
Star rating and rankings courtesy of 247Sports.