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Heel Tough Blog: UNC Offers 5 ☆ Prospect, From Local Combine Academy

Yesterday may have been Labor Day, but Hubert Davis and his staff were busy working the recruiting trail, as they extended an offer to in-state, five-star prospect Trentyn Flowers from Combine Academy. Flowers is listed as a 6-8 small forward, and according to 247Sports Composite, Flowers is ranked as the No.8 overall player in the 2024 class, while being considered the No. 3 small forward, and the No. 1 player from the state of North Carolina. With Flowers being so highly regarded in the 2024 class, that means some high-profile programs are already in the mix for his services, Kansas, Michigan, Memphis, USC, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and more.

Flowers hails from a program started by former Tar Heel Jeff McInnis, who left the program before the start of last season. Hubert Davis promised when he was hired as the coach to follow the legendary Roy Williams that Carolina Basketball was going to be a national program on the recruiting trail on a consistent basis. That wasn’t a shot at the retired Williams, who was forced to recruit differently with an NCAA investigation, and a program built more on player development than one-and-done talent. Davis isn’t devaluing the importance of player development (he hired longtime NBA assistant Pat Sullivan to oversee just that), he just wants to be developing the best players that high school has to offer. Carolina has had a long history of recruiting in their home state, especially in Kinston where current Tar Heel Dontrez Styles hails from, also Coby White was an in-state grab by the aforementioned Williams. Landing Flowers would send a strong message to the school 8 miles away, and other national programs that it’s not going to be easy coming into Carolina’s backyard, and leave with elite talent.

Flowers now joins seven other 2024 five-star prospects to be offered by Hubert Davis and his staff. The other two current offers are high-end four-star prospects, as Davis is projecting to lose a lot of talent after the 2022-23 season, which hopefully ends with a national championship. While Flowers is just now being recruited by the Tar Heels, he could end up being the prize recruit of the 2024 class, if he winds up in Chapel Hill.

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