North Carolina recruiting: Tar Heels still pushing hard after 5-star C Armando Bacot

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Between the starts of both the high school and college basketball seasons and North Carolina’s very short Class of 2018 list, the Tar Heels are in a bit of a lull on the recruiting trail.

While that’s how things will probably look outwardly for a while, there will definitely be moves made behind the scenes as North Carolina continues to shape its Class of 2019 recruiting board and pursue its top targets.

One name we’re sure to hear a lot of over the next year is that of 5-star power forward/center Armando Bacot. The Tar Heels have been involved heavily on Bacot since they offered in August and it doesn’t look like things have changed.

While he was in Atlanta last weekend for the Holiday Hoopsgiving event, where Bacot showed his immense potential, he took some time to discuss his recruitment with Rivals’ Corey Evans. Among the things Bacot discussed was the schools that have continued to pursue him the hardest, and North Carolina is right up there along with Duke, Virginia Tech, VCU and Oklahoma State.

With North Carolina, the draw for Bacot has a lot to do with his ability to step in and contribute right away.

“I just like their inside-out game, Bacot told Evans. “They’re going to go inside first, and that is definitely a plus. I just feel like I could go in there early and start and make an impact on the team.”

While Bacot has narrowed it down to 10 schools, it sounds like those five school could be separating themselves from the pack a little bit. Although it’s still early, North Carolina looks to have an uphill battle for the nation’s No. 4 center and No. 17 overall player with Duke as its primary opponent.

Bacot hasn’t been on campus in Chapel Hill since Sept. 9, and it doesn’t appear that Roy Williams has gone to see him since late September. In the time since North Carolina last had face-to-face contact with Bacot, he’s been to Virginia Tech, Villanova, Providence, Georgetown, Duke and VCU.

As for his next steps, Bacot intends to continue to develop his relationships slowly and see what pieces fall into place over the next year. From there, he’ll decide where to take his visits come fall 2018.

“The next step is just seeing the programs more, and seeing what they have to offer me, specifically,” Bacot told Evans. “Just seeing how I fit in and what 2018s they get and if it might be a conflict with me if they were to get someone at my position. I will probably take my visits next fall.”

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