It's official: Tony Bradley, Brandon Robinson and Seventh Woods will all play basketball at North Carolina next season. They signed their national letters of intent on Thursday, the school announced.
Woods, a 6-foot-2 guard from Columbia, S.C., announced his commitment to UNC on Wednesday. Bradley, the 6-foot-10 forward from Bartow, Fla., announced his commitment to UNC in early September and Robinson, a 6-foot-5 guard from Lithia Springs, Ga., committed later that month.
Before Bradley committed in early September UNC had been struggling in recruiting while fighting questions about how an ongoing NCAA investigation would affect the men's basketball program. Now at the start of college basketball’s early signing period, though, the three-player class ranks among the top 10 nationally, according to sites that cover recruiting – including ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com.
Bradley is considered the best prospect in the class, though the three players are generally ranked between No. 30 and No. 70 among class of 2016 prospects. After the prospects signed their letters of intent, UNC coach Roy Williams in a statement compared each signee to a former UNC player.
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Williams in a statement said Bradley is “a little bit of a cross between Sean May and Tyler Zeller.” Robinson, meanwhile, reminds Williams of Jackie Manuel, a defensive specialist on UNC's 2005 national championship team.
“The players used to think Jackie was my son because of how much I bragged on Jackie,” Williams said.
And Woods, who has been something of an Internet sensation for a while now because of his highlight videos on YouTube (like the one above of him as a 14-year-old, which has more than 13 million views), drew a comparison to the point guard who helped lead the Tar Heels to the 2009 national championship.
“He’s got some explosiveness as a player that we have not seen here since Ty Lawson,” Williams said. “He has that ability to go full speed in an instant and push the ball up other people’s backs even after a made field goal and put a lot of pressure on the defense.”