North Carolina added another point guard for the future on Friday afternoon.
Jeremiah Francis, a four-star floor general from the Class of 2019, announced via Twitter that he had made a verbal commitment to the Tar Heels.
Joel Berry is set to exhaust his eligibility at the end of this upcoming season. Roy Williams has responded to that impending departure by adding lead guard Jalek Felton, nephew of former UNC star Raymond Felton, to this year’s team. Rechon Black, another four-star point guard, is set to join the program in the fall of 2018.
Francis, who plays for Pickerington Central in Ohio, is the first commit for UNC in the Class of 2019. He picked the Tar Heels over the likes of Ohio State, Indiana, Florida State and West Virginia, among others. His high school teammate, Sterling Manley, a three-star big man, will be a freshman at North Carolina this fall.
The 6-foot-2 Francis spent the spring and summer playing for Indiana Elite in the adidas Gauntlet.
Back in late December one of the top players in the Class of 2017, point guard Jalek Felton, announced his decision to play for a North Carolina program he’s long been a fan of (his uncle Raymond was the point guard on the 2005 national championship-winning squad). However, with the school facing NCAA issues that remain unresolved, word surfaced earlier this summer that Felton wanted some clarity on the situation.
Friday it was reported by Sherrell McMillan of Inside Carolina that Felton’s conversation with the staff about this issue went well, and as a result he reaffirmed his commitment to Roy Williams. Given how early in the process Felton was when he committed to North Carolina, it’s understandable that he would have some questions especially considering the NCAA investigation.
“He was just being a young boy, seeing all the guys going to other schools and taking visits,” his grandfather, Raymond Felton Sr., said. “He knows he wants to go back to them. He’s 100 percent committed to Carolina.”
“When they talked he (Williams) just wanted a full commitment,” Felton Sr. continued. “They’re going to have another conversation. He’s not going to take any visits.”
With Marcus Paige being a senior and North Carolina also having multiple juniors in its backcourt, holding onto Felton is critical for the program moving forward when it comes to both their depth and the fact that he’s one of the most talented guards in the class.
The Felton news caps what has been a good week for North Carolina on the recruiting trail. Power forward/center Tony Bradley Jr. announced earlier this week that he’ll be a Tar Heel, becoming the program’s first commitment in the Class of 2016.
Having already committed to North Carolina back in December, five-star guard Jalek Felton could have coasted and taken July lightly. Instead, the Class of 2017 guard had some very good performances at the Under Armour All-America Camp and looked like a very good floor leader.
Here’s some highlights of Felton’s play this summer, courtesy of Courtside Films. The 6-foot-4 guard is currently regarded as the No. 16 overall prospect in the Rivals national rankings.
North Carolina commit Jalek Felton, the nephew of former Tar Heel guard Ray Felton, is one of the best players in the Class of 2017. Rivals currently ranks Felton as the No. 6 overall prospect in the 2017 class and the 6-foot-3 Felton is a high-level playmaker who can score or distribute.
Here’s some recent footage of Felton from the Under Armour Association, where Jalek plays for Team Felton. This video comes courtesy of Courtside Films.