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In the landscape of college basketball, you hear recruits all around the country discuss their ‘dream offers’. Sometimes it’s true and other times it’s not. But how can you really tell?
For a program like North Carolina, it has probably been the ‘dream school’ for numerous high school prospects. But sometimes that doesn’t mean the Tar Heels are a shoe-in to receive a commitment from that recruitment.
Current UNC assistant coach Jackie Manuel knows all too well about recruiting as the ‘dream school’ and also recruiting against them.
“If we’ve got a guy that we really want who considers us his dream school of course that helps,” Manuel says. “That means a lot of work has been done by the brand. But you can’t depend on that. We come at him just as hard as if we weren’t the dream school. If he has another school that’s his dream school, then you have to talk to him and everyone in his circle to make sure he’s genuinely open. At the end of the day, it really all comes down to relationships and fit.”
The Tar Heels have certainly been in recruitments against other notable programs where one school has had the upper-hand just simply due to the fact that the recruit grew up loving a certain program. That makes it tricky on coaches whether or not they should continue recruiting a player or focus their time elsewhere.
Look no further than former Duke guard Jay Williams. He went on social media and said he grew up a big UNC fan… obviously that didn’t matter when it came to his decision to go to Duke.
It’s difficult enough trying to recruit a player with no ties to a particular school, but once you throw in the ‘dream offer’ scenario, it seems to murky the waters even more.
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