Updated: May 5, 2021
It’s been a little quiet around the Carolina Basketball program since the initial wave of players leaving the program, Hubert Davis being hired to replace Roy Williams, and the staff being finalized, but the new head coach of the Tar Heels has been working. Last night he offered a highly touted prospect, Jalen Washington who hails from Gary, Indiana. Washington is a 6-9 power forward in the 2022 recruiting cycle, and is already being recruited by in-state Indiana, along with Purdue and Michigan State from the Big 10, and Louisville from the ACC.
Washington has been developing his game these last couple of seasons, and has turned himself from once an athletic talent, to a legitimate college level player. Despite suffering from a knee injury, Washington plays the game in a modern style, being able to stretch the floor, and make perimeter shots. That’s just what Hubert Davis is looking for in his post players, as he begins to install his system, and vision for Carolina Basketball. What caught the eyes of Davis and his staff? Washington excelled this weekend at the Bill Hensley Run-N-Slam, where Washington was exposed to some of the best basketball talent in the talent rich state of Indiana, for well over 12 hours. He’s currently listed as the number 20 overall player in the 2022 class, while being the number 4 power forward, and the number one overall player from the Hoosier state, according to 247Sports.
Hubert Davis has made it known that the Tar Heels are going to be more guard orientated under his watch, but the team still needs front court talent and depth. This off-season alone Carolina has lost four post players to the transfer portal, not including losing Day’Ron Sharpe off to the NBA. Armando Bacot is expected to return, but with him going through the NBA Draft process, there’s no telling if he’ll return to Chapel Hill or not. To combat the loss of talent and depth, Davis has already brought in Brady Manek a transfer from Oklahoma, but he has just one season of eligibility left. UNC also brought in Justin McKoy, who can play the 4 spot, but his size limits the impact he can make as a defender. Washington would provide some necessary size and depth for the Tar Heels, while fitting the mold of what Hubert Davis wants from a big man in his program.
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