NCAA Basketball ACC BasketballDuke Blue DevilsNorth Carolina Tar Heels

North Carolina Needs to Sign a Big Recruit of Their Own to Keep Up With Duke Who Just Signed Top Prospect Jabari Parker

Kirby Lee – USA TODAY Sports

With the recent news that highly touted recruit Jabari Parker will be attending Duke, North Carolina needs to make a strong push for the other top recruit in this class, Andrew Wiggins.

UNC had superior recruiting until Duke locked Parker for next season. The Tar Heels have signed two top 20 recruits in forward Isaiah Hicks out of Oxford, North Carolina, and the 275 lb. center Kennedy Meeks out of Charlotte, North Carolina. The other notable student-athlete joining coach Roy Williams’ squad next year is point guard Nate Britt out of Washington, DC. Britt will back-up current freshman point guard Marcus Paige, who has performed well in his first year.

Wiggins is very athletic, and has a skilled all around game. At 6’7” and 205 lbs., he can play on the wing, or a bit in the post because of his length and athletic abilities. Wiggins has proved himself as a shooter with 3-point range, and he can also create for himself off the dribble.

With James McAdoo most likely declaring for the NBA draft at the conclusion of this season, the Tar Heels will be missing that go-to player in their rotation. They should manage well with young pieces in the post and running the point, but they will need that dynamic piece to impose himself on opposing defenses.

There are some question marks for returning players on the perimeter under coach Williams next season. Wing player Reggie Bullock is currently a junior, but could go to the NBA in the off-season. Guards P.J. Hairston, and Leslie McDonald will most likely be back next season, but they are mostly spot up shooters. They can drive the lane here and there, but they aren’t the Harrison Barnes or McAdoo type talent that can carry the workload. Wiggins would be the perfect fit to jump into Williams’ system, and become an immediate impact player.

With Parker joining in-state rival Duke, UNC should be thinking about how they can keep up. Parker can score from anywhere, so just having depth with big bodies in the paint won’t be enough to challenge the Blue Devils in their two regular season matchups, and possibly ACC and NCAA tournament competition. Wiggins is the type of player you want to give the ball to in big-time moments.

Wiggins will draw a lot of attention from rival defenses, and will need to work on his passing so he can find open shooters when under double team pressure. Roy Williams would be a perfect coach to bring out the best in this young player, and could help him grow into an elite all-around teammate.

There are still five other teams on Wiggins list, so it’ll be interesting to see where he ends up.