Updated: Sep 8
It’s been a busy week on the recruiting trail for Hubert Davis and his staff, as on Monday they offered a five-star prospect from Combine Academy Trentyn Flowers, before missing out on four-star 2023 prospect, TJ Power who committed to Duke over UNC, and others. Today though Hubert Davis received some positive news for his 2024 class, as Drake Powell a 6-5 small forward from Pittsboro, North Carolina announced his commitment to UNC. This commitment came as somewhat as a surprise as Carolina just offered him back on August 21st and only took one official visit, but being so close to the UNC program, this was too good an opportunity to pass up. Powell is considered a four-star prospect according to 247Sports Composite and ranked as the No. 58 overall player in the 2024 class, the No. 17 overall small forward, and the No. 6 player from the state of North Carolina.
The 2024 class is going to be a very important one for Davis and his UNC program, as by then all the current upperclassmen would’ve graduated from the university. With that in mind, Powell becomes the first in-state product to commit to Carolina under Hubert Davis, and the first in-state product to choose UNC since rising sophomores D’Marco Dunn, and Dontrez Styles. Davis vowed that his program was going to recruit on the national level, all while keeping the top local talent in Carolina Blue, and this is the first step to delivering on that promise.
While Powell is the first commit of the 2024 class, UNC has many offers out in that cycle including the likes of the aforementioned Trentyn Flowers, among five-star prospects in Jarin Stevenson, Elliott Cadeau, Boogie Fland, Ian Jackson, Tre Johnson, and Cam Scott. Four-star James Brown is the only other current offer in the 2024 class.
Powell may have been a surprising first for the 2024 class, but he won’t be the last, as Hubert Davis has the potential to put together one of the more complete and talented recruiting classes in recent Carolina Basketball memory.
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