UNC Basketball Recruiting Prize announces arrival at Smith Center

UNC basketball transfer additions Ven-Allen Lubin and Cade Tyson have been with the UNC basketball program and their 2024-2025 teammates for weeks. But next season’s three freshmen didn’t arrive until Wednesday.

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As the highest-ranked member of the UNC basketball recruiting class of 2024, five-star guard Ian Jackson of Our Savior Lutheran School (NY) announced his arrival at the famed Smith Center by posting the following photo from the parking lot to his Instagram Story on Wednesday : subtitled with a “Here we go”:

While the 6-foot-2 Jackson is the headliner Tar heels‘ at No. 8 overall on the 247Sports 2024 Composite, fellow McDonald’s All-American Drake Powell, a 6-foot-1 forward from nearby Northwood High School in Pittsboro, is just three spots lower at No. 11.

The other piece is former Link Academy (Mo.) big man James Brown, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound four-star with a No. 86 composite ranking.

Ian Jackson, Drake Powell and James Brown join former two-year Belmont wing Cade Tyson and rising junior Ven-Allen Lubin from Vanderbilt as the new faces in Chapel Hill.

They will now have the opportunity to get better acquainted with all of the returning UNC basketball talent, including reigning ACC Player of the Year in graduate guard RJ Davis and a fellow defenseman in sophomore Elliot Cadeau, along with sophomore forward Zayden High. junior guard Seth Trimble, junior forward Jalen Washington and fifth-year forward Jae’Lyn Withers.

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