A minimum salary of $100,000 was intriguing.
But a chance to play for North Carolina basketball and Hubert Davis was even better.
Five-star 2023 combo guard Simeon Wilcher formally opted for the latter on Friday, as he verbally committed to the Tar Heels over 10-plus other colleges as well as Overtime Elite, the Atlanta-based start-up team that’s offering top high school players an alternative (and well paid) path to the NBA.
Wilcher, a junior at Roselle Catholic High School in New Jersey, started October with an official visit to Nebraska – where his older brother, C.J., is a sophomore transfer – and also heard from Auburn, Iowa, Kansas and UConn during a recruitment that picked up over the summer and continued into the fall.
None of those options intrigued the 6-foot-4 Wilcher as much as UNC, though, and a weekend visit in early October sold him further on first-year head coach Hubert Davis’ vision for the Tar Heel program.