5-star Nassir Little commits to UNC

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams cuts down the net after the championship game against Gonzaga at the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 3, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. North Carolina 71-65. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
AP Photo/David J. Phillip

With 4-star guards Rechon Black and Coby White having already made verbal commitments in the Class of 2018, North Carolina added a third Wednesday evening in the form of 5-star small forward Nassir Little. Little, who was also considering Arizona, Georgia Tech and Miami, made the news public by way of his Twitter account.

Hailing from Orange Park, Fla., Little is a key commitment for the Tar Heels with current starting small forward Theo Pinson entering his senior season. North Carolina has other perimeter prospects on the roster with eligibility remaining beyond the 2017-18 season, including Cameron Johnson, Kenny Williams and Brandon Robinson, but Johnson (who’s also 6-foot-7) is the only one who’s comparable to Little from a size standpoint.

The 6-foot-7 Orlando Christian HS product is one of the top prospects in the Class of 2018, with multiple scouting services rating him as a top-10 prospect. Little’s recruitment process was an interesting one, with Arizona and Miami perceived to be the favorites as recently as a week ago. However, the ongoing FBI probe in which Arizona had an assistant coach arrested and Miami was reportedly referred to in the official document as “University-7” (and Little possibly being “Player-12” in the report) changed things.

Miami, which recently submitted documents to the FBI, expects to be exonerated according to media reports. Little played his grassroots basketball for the 1 Family program, whose program director Brad Augustine was one of the 10 people arrested. Last week 1 Family released a statement via Twitter in which it denied any wrongdoing on the part of Little, his family or the program with regards to Little’s recruitment.

As a result of those developments, North Carolina and Georgia Tech emerged as even stronger possibilities for Little with the Tar Heels winning out.

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