Langford is also mulling Vanderbilt, Kansas, UCLA and Indiana, while Shittu has already visited Vanderbilt. Meantime, North Carolina also hosted Class of 2019 stud Matthew Hurt last weekend. The No. 5 player in 2019 per ESPN.com, Hurt visited Duke and Carolina in the same weekend, having dinner with head coach Roy Williams and associate head coach Hubert Davis while they watched the Yankees-Astros game last Saturday. “Coach Williams wanted Matthew to kind of watch Luke Maye a little bit,” Richard Hurt said. “He said, ‘Luke may not have your talent but he’s got the versatility where he can go inside and go outside, so watch him in practice.” It remains unclear how many of these elite players North Carolina will land, but with the recruiting scandal behind them they are now in the mix for one-and-done players. “I think they will continue to recruit the players that Coach Williams wants,” C.B. McGrath, a former Williams assistant who’s now the head coach at UNC-Wilmington, told ZAGSBLOG. “If that means they are one-and-dones that is fine. The investigation over just means they will not have to answer the questions of uncertainty surrounding it. That should be beneficial.
Zion Williamson in the house at North Carolina for his official via @jbcrugers pic.twitter.com/yCRL2W0pZR— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) October 27, 2017
“And I had one dad say, we’re just going to wait until the spring and it will be over with by then, and then we’ll know exactly what it was. That was two years ago. We still don’t know what it is.”Without the one-and-dones, the Tar Heels still got to back-to-back NCAA championship games, losing to Villanova on Kris Jenkins‘ miracle shot in 2016 and beating Gonzaga in 2017. Those teams were loaded with upperclassmen like Isaiah Hicks, now on a two-way contract with the Knicks. Hicks told me this week that the NCAA investigation didn’t distract him and his teammates, but he’s glad it over. “I feel like as far as us we did a good job of not letting that distract us,” he said. “And I feel like now that it’s over there’s really no more distractions, period. Some people can say it did distract us but I feel like it really didn’t. For me personally it just had no effect other than people saying bad things about our school.”