It certainly has been a weird year all throughout the college basketball landscape, whether it has been with the transfer portal or in the recruiting world. In North Carolina though, it will certainly be interesting in the 2021 class as some of the top players have recently announced they would be reopening their recruitment.
2021 7’0 Jonas Aidoo, ranked as the top player in the class by Phenom Hoops, just announced that he would be reopening his recruitment after the recent changes at Marquette. 2021 6’0 Bobby Pettiford also announced recently that he would be decommitting from Louisville and has already been capturing the attention of college programs around the country.
Lastly, you had 2021 Lucas Taylor, who is ranked No. 7 in the North Carolina class of 2021, recently reopen his recruitment after being committed to Clemson.
Now, these three are looking for new homes and should have college coaches from around the country. Pettiford has already been in contact with several teams from around the country, while Kansas and Maryland have sent offers his way.
Aidoo, who is one of the top bigs remaining in the 2021 class nationally, held offers from all around including Houston, Providence, South Carolina, Wake Forest, NC State, Kansas, Tennessee, Miami, and Georgia… all of which were listed in his Top 10 back in October. But expect others to join in on that race quickly for the shot-blocking big-man.
And then you have 6’5 Lucas Taylor from Heritage, who was originally heading to Clemson before asking for his release. Taylor is a very skilled scoring guard with tremendous size and knows how to score in an array of ways. He has a terrific outside shot, whether from three or mid-range, but also brings a smooth confident feel to the floor. It should be those reasons schools are coming his way.
Let’s put it this way, it seemed all wrapped up in North Carolina’s class of 2021 when it comes to the top players but now, these three along with others still on the board will be hot targets for college programs around the country.