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Heel Tough Blog: Roy Williams to Target In-State Product Jonas Aidoo?

Since the conclusion of the 2020-21 season, the Tar Heels have seen three post players exit the program, whether it be in the form of transfer or going pro. That means as of this moment, Carolina could only return Armando Bacot from last year’s rotation, as it’s unknown if Garrison Brooks will return for his super senior season. While Bacot took a step forward this season, leading the team in both scoring and rebounding, it’s hard to imagine the team being successful with just one primary post player. As the off-season is already off and running, Roy Williams has plenty of options to restock talent in the front court, and it appears that he may have just had a talented player, from the state of North Carolina fall right into his lap.

Jonas Aidoo, a Charlotte, NC native committed to Marquette back in December of last year. The No. 80 overall prospect according to 247sports, committed to the Golden Eagles over the likes of USC, NC State, Georgia, Tennessee, among other Power 5 programs. The decision to reopen his recruitment comes after Marquette fired Steve Wojchiechowsk in favor of Shaka Smart from Texas.

Aidoo on Decommitting from Marquette:

"After a long talk with my family and coaches, I have decided to decommit from Marquette University and reopen my recruitment. I’d like to thank Coach Wojo and Coach Gainey for the opportunity."

Aidoo doesn’t currently hold an offer from North Carolina, but it shouldn’t take long for him to hear from Roy Williams, and his staff. He’s the #7 Center in the 2021 recruiting cycle, including the #1 Center from the state of North Carolina. Aidoo stands at 6-11, and weighs 215 pounds. While he’ll need to add some weight if he were to play for the Tar Heels, Aidoo is a modern big man, meaning he has the ability to shoot the ball well from behind the arc, and has a quality face up game. Roy Williams wants to play with multiple bigs, but needs to do with guys that can initiate the offense from the high post, Aidoo can do just that. Aidoo also possesses the ability to protect the rim, and with the departures of Walker Kessler and Day’Ron Sharpe, Carolina is going to need shot blockers if they want to be a better defensive team. More importantly this team needs depth, and someone to best compliment Armando Bacot, and Jonas Aidoo fits the mold to do just that.

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