Sacha Killeya-Jones radiating confidenceA funny thing happened in Las Vegas a few weeks ago. Forward Sacha Killeya-Jones, who competed with Team Loaded VA at the Adidas Summer Championships, outshone many of the biggest names in attendance. Killeya-Jones certainly outperformed his No. 48 ranking and likely will receive a promotion when we update our 2016 list. Since he backed off his pledge to Virginia, Killeya-Jones has fielded scholarship offers from Kentucky, North Carolina, NC State, Connecticut, Kansas, Florida and others. (Inside Carolina)
Dennis Smith Jr. tears ACL, out 6-9 monthsThe No. 1 point guard in the elite high school class of 2016 is going to be on the shelves for a while. Dennis Smith Jr. had successful surgery Friday to repair a torn left ACL, according to Smith's father, Dennis Smith Sr. Smith injured the knee while driving to the basket in the semifinals of the Adidas Nations event on Aug. 2. An MRI later revealed he needed surgery. (CBS Sports)
These 5-star point guard recruits will make college basketball great againDennis Smith is the top-ranked point guard in the class according to ESPN and Rivals. The Fayetteville, N.C., native has had a big summer playing for Team Loaded N.C. on the Adidas tour, teaming with another five-star recruit, big man Bam Adebayo, to form one of the best tandems in grassroots ball. Of all the point guards in the class of 2016, you can make the case that Smith is the most explosive scorer who still retains pure point guard instincts. (SB Nation)
Video: Sacha Killeya-Jones Summer HighlightsClass of 2016 forward Sacha Killeya-Jones was one of the breakout players in July. The former Virginia commit re-opened his recruitment and is heavily considering North Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas, and Virginia.
Dennis Smith Jr. has surgery on injured left kneePoint guard Dennis Smith Jr., a rising senior at Fayetteville's Trinity Christian School and one of the top Class of 2016 basketball recruits in the country, had surgery Friday afternoon on his injured left knee. The extent of the injury and specifics of the surgery, which was performed in Durham, were not immediately available. Smith injured his knee Sunday night at the adidas Nations Global event in California. (Fayetteville Observer)
De'Aaron Fox InterviewHouston based DeAaron Fox is an elite level point guard prospect who has shown vast improvement in a short time. With his combination of size, speed, athleticism and point guard abilities, he's a highly intriguing prospect. NBADraft.net: As far as a college choice, what's the most important factor in your decision? Fox: Most important factor is probably playing time. I'm becoming a much better shooter this summer. And the other thing is that I really take pride in my defense. (NBADraft.net)
UNC offers 2016 combo guard Brandon RobinsonNorth Carolina has offered 2016 combo guard Brandon Robinson (Douglasville, GA/Douglas County), the prospect announced on his personal twitter account. A 6-foot-5, 160-pound prospect, Robinson has offers from Maryland, Louisville, Florida State, Florida, Memphis, and Georgia Tech, among others. (Carolina Blue)
Dewan Huell EvaluationSouth Florida always produces its share of big-time talent, and Miami forward Dewan Huell is another bright light produced by his tropical city. The athletic workhorse enjoyed an outstanding travel season and will compete for prep All-America honors this season. My prediction here is that he’ll likely need two years of college prior to jetsetting to the NBA. Improving his ball skills, jump shooting range and strength will be his priorities in terms of impressing professional scouts. (Scout.com)
Video: Kobi Simmons adidas Nations HighlightsKobi Simmons was one of the top performers in Los Angeles leading his team to the 2015 Adidas Nations Championship. Here are a couple of Simmons' biggest plays from the event. Simmons is a Top 10 Player in the Class of 2016.
Video: Lauri Markkanen 2015 U18 European ChampionshipLauri Markkanen is a 6-11 PF born in Finland in 1997 who currently plays for HBA Marsky and the Finnish U18 National Team. Markkanen can play inside and outside and uses his length to protect the rim. He has a list of 3 colleges: Arizona, UNC and Utah.
NCAA Coaches Poll: Which basketball recruit has the best motor?College coaches voted Javin DeLaurier as the player that showed the best motor during the month of July. Of the 84 votes tallied, DeLaurier reeled in 17, which was just enough to edge out five-star center Edrice Adebayo. DeLaurier, who ran with Team Loaded Virginia on the adidas circuit, improved his stock considerably over the spring and summer and jumped to No. 36 overall in the pre-July rankings. (Scout.com)
Lauri Markkanen schedules official visit to UNCFinnish star Lauri Markkanen is planning a three-visit tour. The trip starts in Utah, as he'll visit with the Utes during the weekend of October 11th. Markkanen will then fly to North Carolina for an official visit October 13th and 14th. He'll then head back west to Arizona for a visit on the 16th and 17th. The 6-foot-10, pushing 6-11, power forward entertained high major scholarship offers from a host of schools prior to narrowing his list to Arizona, UNC and Utah in early July. (Inside Carolina)
NCAA Coaches Poll: Most Underrated Basketball RecruitCollege coaches have voted Wenyen Gabriel, of Mass Rivals, as the most underrated player of July. While the voting wasn't nearly as conclusive as the voting for best player and best pro prospect, Gabriel still led the way. Gabriel, a senior-to-be at Wilbraham (Mass.) Wilbraham & Monson Academy, was just 6-foot-8 in the spring of 2014. He’s now grown to 6-10. After a good spring, Gabriel began his significant rise at the adidas Uprising event in Atlanta during the first July evaluation period. (Scout.com)
2016 PF Tony Bradley is taking his timeClass of 2016 power forward Tony Bradley (Bartow, FL) has become a hot commodity over the summer with impressive performances on the EBYL circuit and other summer events. Bradley says he is very open in the recruitment process. "I am still waiting on a couple of schools," he told CarolinaBlue. While UNC is the only visit he has taken, Bradley plans to see more schools after he has time to sit down and process his offers. (Carolina Blue)
Harry Giles Blog: Transferring to Oak Hill, teaming up with top recruits in collegeHarry Giles: "Everyone wants to know if (Jayson Tatum and I are) still planning to play together (in college) like we’ve been talking about and it’s definitely something that we still always talk about. He knows I’ve gotta do what’s best for me the same way he did, but Duke is a school that’s high on my list and if it works out like that it’s gonna be a problem! I cut my list down to North Carolina, Kentucky, Duke, Kansas and Wake Forest; and that’s in no particular order." (USA Today)
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Watching 2016 combo guard Seventh Woods work out at Hammond School in Columbia, SCThursday, October 15, 2015
Watching 2016 combo guard Seventh Woods work out at Hammond School in Columbia, SCMonday, September 28, 2015
On an in-home visit with 4-star stretch forward Lauri Markkanen in Helsinki, Finland.Thursday, September 17, 2015
On an in-home visit with 2016 4-star center Udoka Azubuike in Jacksonville, FLWednesday, September 16, 2015
Visiting 2016 PF Harry Giles at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, VA
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