As the common social media hashtag goes after UNC victories, it’s a great day to be a Tar Heel right now.
Both the Carolina men and women are holding down first place in the ACC right now, something I haven’t seen simultaneously in ages, while both are also on long winning streaks. UNC has veteran talent on both teams, something that’s crucial to making a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.
Both squads also have highly-ranked recruits coming in to replace the departing talent next year.
For the men, Ian Jackson and Drake Powell will be the next two 5-stars to suit up in Carolina blue.
Jackson, a shooting guard from Our Savior Lutheran School (NY) and Powell, a small forward from Northwood High School (NC), are both listed as Top-10 recruits in 247Sports’ list of 2024 5-star players.
Jackson, who’s in the midst of his season, will likely take over at starting shooting guard for RJ Davis next year.
Drake Powell is dominating the NCHSAA circuit, as he currently has his Chargers at a 13-3 record and first place in the 1A/2A Mid-Carolina Conference. Powell’s leading Northwood in every statistical category – his ultimate goal is to help his team capture its first-ever state championship, particularly after coming so close last year in its fifth try.