2017 big man pledges to UNC


North Carolina desperately needs big men in its 2017 recruiting class, and it now has its first.

According to multiple reports, Brandon Huffman of Raleigh, N.C., committed to the Tar Heels on Monday. The 6-9, 230-pound prospect is a senior at Word of God Christian Academy — the same high school that produced John Wall (formerly Kentucky, currently Washington Wizards), C.J. Leslie (formerly NC State) and, more recently, Arizona freshman Rawle Alkins.

Huffman is a consensus 3-star prospect and the third player to pledge to UNC this cycle. Combo guard Jalek Felton, who is a top-30 overall prospect, and 3-star shooting guard Andrew Platek were the first two players to join the class.

The Tar Heels graduate center Kennedy Meeks and forward Isaiah Hicks after the 2016-17 season, and the frontcourt is already thin relative to last year’s UNC roster. Roy Williams will likely take at least one more big man in the class. Power forward P.J. Washington was in Chapel Hill this past weekend on an official visit.