Heel Tough Blog: Heels Miss on Ziaire Williams, Have Eyes Set on Different Prize


Brian Rothmuller- Icon Sportswire

A big week of commitments in college basketball got underway on Sunday, as one of the Tar Heels three remaining targets, Ziaire Williams, made his decision. As expected, the Tar Heels did not land his commitment. The Lancaster, CA native will instead stay on the West Coast to play for former Roy Williams assistant Jerod Haase. While losing out on a 5✮ is never easy, the Tar Heels seem to have their eyes set on a different prized recruit.


Brandon Huffman’s choice to enter the transfer portal freed up a scholarship and since that time, the Tar Heels have been gaining a lot of momentum with 4✮ SG Kerwin Walton. Walton, the No. 17 shooting guard in the 2020 class, had been keeping the Tar Heels around in his recruitment that was being controlled by Arizona in case a scholarship became available. With one now open for the 2020-21 roster, the Tar Heels have received multiple crystal balls in their favor, as they look to land another shooter that could help a team whose guards shot just 38.6% from the field as a team this past season. The Tar Heels as a team shot just 30.4% from deep this past season, an area which Walton thrived during his prep career. If the Tar Heels can land his commitment, they would add someone who can help fix what was the biggest problem on this 2019-20 team.


Walton will wait until April 25th to make his commitment and the Tar Heels will likely head in as the heavy favorite. If the Tar Heels can land his commitment, they would remain in third in the overall rankings, but would land a player that could be a solid contributor for the next few years.