Join us daily at ACC DieHards for the latest North Carolina recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Tar Heels. Don’t miss any coverage from Cody Pace and the DieHards.com team. Read his daily notebooks here at 7 p.m. ET Sunday through Thursday. In this edition, we discuss the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association all-state team.
Teammates Rechon Black, Wendell Moore named to all-state squad
North Carolina’s Class of 2018 is one of its best in a long time.
When most people talk about how good this basketball class is, they bring up 5-star small forward Nassir Little, one of the Tar Heels’ highest-rated recruits this decade, or 5-star combo guard Coby White.
Not discussed as often is 4-star guard/forward Rechon Black, who’s also a very good player. Basketball fans across the state were reminded of that on Tuesday when the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association announced its all-state team.
In a state loaded with basketball talent, Black was one of the first-team selections, according to the Charlotte Observer.
Black averaged 13.4 points per game, 5.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 3.2 steals in his senior season at Cox Mill.
Also on the first team was Black’s teammate, 5-star Class of 2019 small forward Wendell Moore. One of North Carolina’s top targets in the junior class, Moore averaged 25.4 points per game and 7.3 rebounds. An excellent season also earned him the association’s Player of the Year award.
Black and Moore were joined by two of North Carolina’s early Class of 2020 targets. Jaden Springer, a 5-star shooting guard at Rocky River High School, was a first-team selection while Jalen Cone, a 4-star point guard from Walkertown High School, earned a spot on the third team.
Those four players join White and 4-star Class of 2019 shooting guard Josh Nickelberry on the postseason awards list. White and Nickelberry were named to the Independence Schools Athletic Association all-state team in February for the 1A classification.
Tar Heels expecting big visitor Saturday
As far as football recruiting is concerned, spring practice brings positives and negatives.
On the negative side, it’s a lot harder for coaches to get on the road to evaluate players and continue to build relationships. The positive is that, with actual football practices happening, it gives recruits who already have some kind of relationship cultivated a reason to make visits and check out the program.
This weekend, the Tar Heels expect their first big recruit to attend spring practice. Four-star Class of 2020 tackle Mitchell Mayes will be on campus, according to his Twitter account.
Mayes, a Raleigh, N.C., product, has just three offers — North Carolina, N.C. State and Duke. North Carolina was the last of the three to offer, extending Mayes his offer on Feb. 2.
It’s not surprising to see those schools offer such a talented player in their own backyard. Mayes ranks as the No. 3 tackle and No. 16 overall player in the sophomore class, according to 247Sports.