North Carolina recruiting: Tar Heels among several eyeing PG Adrian Baldwin

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Join us daily at ACC DieHards for the latest North Carolina recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Tar Heels. Don’t miss any coverage from Cody Pace and the DieHards.com team. Read his daily notebooks here at 7 p.m. ET Sunday through Thursday. In this edition, we discuss the Tar Heels’ interest in Class of 2020 4-star point guard Adrian Baldwin.


North Carolina’s basketball season came to an abrupt end Sunday night during a particularly mad bout of March Madness.

If you’re still going through the grieving process, don’t worry, because you’re not alone. Just after UNC’s second-round loss to Texas A&M, 5-star Class of 2018 small forward signee Nassir Little summed up the feelings of Tar Heels Nation without using any words.

For Roy Williams and the rest of the coaching staff, the focus quickly shifts to recruiting, namely to 5-star Class of 2018 power forward E.J. Montgomery and a host of 2019 and even some 2020 prospects who have been drawing interest from the Tar Heels staff.

In that spirit, we at Tar Heels DieHards also will move on and hopefully help you fight through this difficult time with some recruiting updates.

Tar Heels targeting PG Adrian Baldwin

North Carolina hasn’t offered any prospects in the Class of 2020, but just as last summer saw a handful of top-tier 2019 prospects pull in offers, we can expect that this will change in the not-so-distant future.

When that happens, one name to keep an eye on is 4-star point guard Adrian Baldwin.

Baldwin, the No. 14 point guard and No. 69 player in his class, is a defensively adept point guard and is a good distributor. His high school coach in Baltimore, Nick Myles, told Phenom Hoop Report in July that Baldwin was “the most underrated guard in his class.”

“When needed, he has the ability to carry your team by scoring,” Myles told Phenom Hoop Report. “His best attribute is his defense. He is a tenacious defender who can affect the game defensively in the same manner as his offense.”

Williams has targeted guards early the last couple of years, including 5-star point guard Coby White in the Class of 2018 and 4-star point guard Jeremiah Francis in the Class of 2019. Baldwin doesn’t have an offer from the Tar Heels, but he has garnered some early interest, including a visit to Chapel Hill in November.

In a recent interview with Rivals’ Dan McDonald, the St. Frances Academy star said that he kept an eye on the Tar Heels this season and that he “[likes] how they use their point guards and play real fast.”

It’s not surprising to see the mutual interest, but the real noteworthy information from McDonald’s piece was Baldwin’s assessment of the other schools he’s looking at. He has just six offers: UConn, Drexel, Kansas State, Miami, Rutgers and VCU.

But also on the list of schools that Baldwin discussed were Kentucky and Villanova. Baldwin visited Villanova in September, so his interest there isn’t surprising. But Kentucky is an interesting name to monitor once his recruitment picks up.

He also discussed a few schools that he’d like to hear from. That list includes Duke, Kansas and Maryland. Maryland makes a lot of sense for Baldwin, given the in-state ties, and he said he would have a chance to play for the Terrapins as a freshman.

With a strong showing with Team Thrill on the AAU circuit this summer, Baldwin could see a real uptick in his recruitment.

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