North Carolina, a program expected to challenge for a national title this upcoming season, is in need of some big commitments for its future.
Good news came for the Tar Heels on Monday afternoon when Brandon Robinson, a 6-foot-5 four-star shooting guard from Douglasville, Ga. verbally committed to UNC. Robinson, the No. 55 player in the nation, will graduate from high school next spring and be eligible to play for the Tar Heels a year from now, and that will be big. UNC will lose the bulk of their production after this season.
Robinson picked North Carolina over Louisville, Florida State, Georgia Tech and Georgia. He announced his UNC pledge to multiple media outlets, telling ESPN.com’s Jeff Borzello, “I feel like coach (Roy) Williams and (assistant) coach (Hubert) Davis believe in my game and can help me improve and reach my dreams and goals. North Carolina has a great basketball tradition and I want to be a part of something special and take part in continuing that tradition.”
His skillset includes a smooth jumper and an ability to seamlessly adapt, move and score in transition. In this regard, he’s an ideal fit for Williams’ secondary break offense. Most importantly, Robinson isn’t a 2-guard through and through; he’s capable of playing the wing and as a lead guard, if need be.
With the still-looming decision from the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions — a punishment tied to UNC’s infamous academics/athletics scandal, and a verdict not expected to be handed down until next spring, at the earliest — there is uneasiness and variability when it comes to the future well-being of UNC’s men’s basketball program.
Will Roy Williams be able to recruit at a level high enough that keeps the Tar Heels relevant both nationally and within the ACC, to keep up with the likes of Duke, which is in the midst of an unbelievable run under Mike Krzyzewski? It’s the most prominent question hovering over the program.
Robinson joins Tony Bradley, a four-star center/power forward out of Florida who’s ranked No. 30 in his class by 247 Sports, at UNC. The Tar Heels are not done yet; the school hopes to land Seventh Woods, an athletic shooting guard who took his official visit to Chapel Hill last weekend.