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UNC lands four-star center Brandon Huffman

27 March 2016: Head Coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels cuts down the net as he celebrates the victory during the North Carolina Tarheels game versus the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Elite Eight round of the Division I Men's Championship at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
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The University of North Carolina men’s basketball team received a verbal commitment from center Brandon Huffman on Monday afternoon. His AAU program announced the prospect’s intentions to become a Tar Heel.

Huffman is a 6-9, 230-pound center out of Raleigh Word of God in North Carolina and is the third commitment in the 2017 class for the Tar Heels. As a four-star center, he figures to fill a program need as the team will lose senior centers Isaiah Hicks and Kennedy Meeks to graduation.

Although undersized, Huffman is likely to remain at center in college. 247Sports ranks him as a top 200 prospect in his recruiting class. Scout.com, in a story about Huffman, details his development over the last couple seasons and his outlook in college.

“Over the past 10 months, Huffman has lifted himself from obscurity into national prominence. He’s a genuine center who possesses the size and frame to become one of the ACC’s most physically imposing interior anchors. Albeit not a skilled offensive player at this stage, I admire his strength, team-oriented focus and highly aggressive style. I don’t expect big contributions his freshman season but do believe he’ll develop into a solid player.”

The Tar Heels are coming off a season in which they advanced to the NCAA National Championship Game, where they lost to the Villanova Wildcats on a last-second three-pointer. Entering the 2016-2017 season, UNC will look to replicate that success following the departures of seniors Marcus Paige and Bryce Johnson after the team’s tournament run.

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