Basketball recruiting: Duke, UNC in mix for nation's best; NC State's class ranked

From staff reportsNovember 13, 2013 

Theo Pinson said he wants to bring another national championship to North Carolina.

Grayson Allen has similar goals for Duke.

Pinson and Allen are two of the higher profile recruits who signed letters of intent Wednesday.

More could be on the way: Seven of’s top 10 prospects remain unsigned, including three who could land in the Triangle.

Jahlil Okafor, the No. 1 recruit, and Tyus Jones, ranked No. 5, have said they are a package deal. They are Duke’s top targets and will announce their decision Friday.

Rashad Vaughn, the No. 7 prospect, is considering North Carolina but has said he will sign next spring.

North Carolina also reportedly offered a scholarship to Dante Exum, whose father Cecil played on the Tar Heels’ 1982 championship team. Dante, who recently graduated from a high school in Australia, is considering entering the NBA draft, where experts have pegged him as a potential lottery pick.

Pinson, at No. 19 the highest ranked recruit from North Carolina, wore a UNC t-shirt to his signing ceremony Wednesday. The Tar Heels also signed Justin Jackson, a 6-7 wing ranked No. 10, and Joel Berry, a 6-1 point guard ranked 25th. Rivals ranked the Tar Heels’ incoming class second behind Kentucky.

North Carolina coach Roy Williams said in a release he was “ecstatic.”

“Theo’s versatility is a big part of his game,” Williams said. “He can do almost everything on the court and do it well. He can handle the ball, pass, defend and he has tremendous savvy. ... I love his versatility which allows him to play multiple positions, which is something we always like in a player.”

Duke’s class wasn’t ranked, but that would change dramatically Friday if Okafor and Jones join Allen.

Allen, a 6-4 shooting guard who committed to Duke in the spring, left little suspense, tweeting Wednesday morning: “Signing my National Letter of Intent today! #Duke.”

N.C. State’s class was ranked No. 16. It includes three players ranked among the nation’s top 110: No. 50 Abdul-Malik Abu and the Martin twins, Caleb and Cody, who are playing at Oak Hill Academy.

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