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Rechon Black, a top 2018 point guard prospect, commits to UNC

Concord's Rechon Black.
Concord's Rechon Black. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

North Carolina on Friday night received a commitment from Rechon Black, a sophomore at Concord High who is among the top point guards in the class of 2018.

Black announced his decision on Friday night after his high school team's game against Hickory Ridge. Black also shared his announcement on Twitter, where he wrote that UNC is “the best fit” for him.

“Knowing that I'm only a sophomore, in respect to all the schools recruiting me I find it necessary to not waste their time in recruiting me anymore,” Black wrote on Twitter.

In addition to UNC the other three schools that Black was most considering, according to what he told the Independent Tribune, his hometown newspaper, were Clemson, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech.

The newspaper reported that Black's first scholarship offer came from Charlotte. The 6-foot-7 Black, who is ranked the No. 15 prospect in his class according to Rivals.com, began generating significant interest from colleges after how he played on the AAU circuit last summer.

Black's commitment is UNC's first from a class of 2018 prospect. The Tar Heels also have a commitment from Jalek Felton, one of the top point guard prospects in the class of 2017.

Another significant part of Black's commitment: It ends something of a drought for UNC among the most highly-recruited in-state prospects. Before Black announced his decision UNC had failed to land commitments from several heralded in-state prospects, including Brandon Ingram and Harry Giles.

UNC's most recent commitment from an in-state prospect among Black's caliber probably came from Theo Pinson, who is now a sophomore wing forward at UNC. It will be a while before Black arrives at UNC, but his commitment represents and important recruiting victory for the Tar Heels.

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