Tar Heels to host their most important hoops target since Harrison Barnes

UPDATE: Kevin Knox has rescheduled his official visit for the weekend of Feb. 17-19.




North Carolina will host one of the nation’s top uncommitted hoops prospects this weekend when Kevin Knox takes an official visit to Chapel Hill.

The Tar Heels are battling Duke, Florida State and Kentucky for the forward’s services. Roy Williams has already signed four 2017 prospects but is holding one more scholarship for Knox, the No. 8 overall prospect in 247Sports’ composite rankings.

The Tampa, Fla., native would be a perfect fit for the Tar Heels on multiple levels. He’s a difference-maker along the perimeter, but at 6-8, he can hold his own with power forwards. He’s athletically gifted and capable of being disruptive on defense with his long arms. Knox also possesses a solid mid-range game, as well as quality ball-handling skills for his size.

The Tar Heels’ projected losses after this season make Knox an especially important target. UNC desperately needs an immediate-impact player at the 4, and Knox is a combo forward who could fill that hole.

Another factor to consider is the likelihood that junior wing Justin Jackson enters the 2017 NBA Draft. DraftExpress.com projects Jackson as the No. 30 overall pick. CBS Sports lists him at No. 21 overall.

Why is Knox such an important target? How can UNC utilize its advantages? What advantages does UNC have in the recruitment? What disadvantages could get in the way? Become a premium member of ACCSports.com to see the rest of the article!