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UNC fills need with commitment from Kenny Williams, according to report

Amid a difficult stretch in recruiting North Carolina received good news at last on Saturday when according to Scout.com it secured a commitment from Kenny Williams, a 6-foot-3 guard who is best known for his perimeter shooting ability.

In the class of 2015 Williams, from Chesterfield, Va., is the No. 82 prospect in ESPN.com's top 100. Both ESPN.com and Scout.com consider Williams a four-star prospect.

His commitment ends a rough stretch for UNC, which recently missed on Brandon Ingram, the 6-foot-9 small forward from Kinston, and Jaylen Brown, another small forward from outside of Atlanta. Both top-five prospects, according to ESPN, Ingram chose to play at Duke and Brown at California.

Williams fills a clear need for UNC with his talent for making the outside shot. He originally committed to VCU before Shaka Smart, the former VCU coach, left to become the head coach at Texas.

After Smart's departure Williams reopened his recruitment and considered UNC, Virginia, Michigan and Florida, according to Scout.com. Williams told the website that it had been his childhood dream to play at UNC.

“I think that Carolina was always the top choice but we had to develop and establish a relationship with them,” Williams' father, also named Kenny, told Scout.com. “And he did.”

Outside of Marcus Paige, a rising senior guard, UNC a season ago lacked a reliable perimeter shooter. Justin Jackson, a rising sophomore small forward, improved his outside shot as the season progressed but the Tar Heels often struggled to complement Paige from the perimeter.

That's why Williams' commitment is significant: he could prove to provide the additional perimeter shooting touch that the Tar Heels often missed last season.

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