The first time Andrew Platek heard from North Carolina coach Roy Williams, Platek said recently, was after a game in which Platek made several 3-pointers in a short amount of time.
“I think I had five 3s in the first half or something like that,” Platek, a 6-foot-4 guard from Albany, N.Y., said earlier this month after a game at the Peach Jam, Nike’s premier summer high school basketball tournament.
About a year earlier during another Peach Jam game, Platek said, he’d made all those 3-pointers in one half. And then he’d heard from Williams, impressed. And so began a recruitment that ended on Monday with Platek announcing that he’d committed to UNC.
Platek’s shooting ability might have caught Williams’ eye at first. But that wasn’t the only thing Williams liked about Platek, a rising senior who graduates from high school in 2017.
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“He said I made a good play and then I made another good play and another one,” Platek said earlier this month. “So it was just a series of things that I guess I did that he took attention to and was impressed by. So that was cool to see.”
Platek chose UNC over Stanford, Indiana and Davidson, among others. The recruiting analysts haven’t considered him to be among the top 100 prospects in the nation – though that might change when new prospect rankings are released at the conclusion of the summer evaluation period.
Nonetheless, Williams, who is often stingy with his scholarship offers, evidently saw enough in Platek to offer him a place at UNC. Platek is the second member of the class of 2017 to commit to UNC.
Jalek Felton, a heralded guard from South Carolina and the nephew of former UNC point guard Raymond Felton, committed to UNC in December 2015. Now it’s Platek, who is best known for his shooting.
That said, Platek was quick to answer when asked earlier this month about his summer priorities. He said he wanted to show “that I’m not just a shooter.”
“I’ve kind of broken that mold by attacking the rim and bringing the ball up and running the offense, and I want to be a guard that can play either spot,” he said. “I can obviously shoot the ball pretty well, but I want to be a person that can run the offense or set the team up if necessary.”
Platek, who received a scholarship offer from UNC in April, said earlier this month that he planned to make his college decision in the fall. He accelerated that by a couple of months, though, and decided on Monday that he didn’t need to wait any longer.