Five Observations from the Peach JamEntering July, many believed that Mohamed Bamba could push for the No. 1 spot in the Class of 2017 because of his insane measurables and increasing skill level. Let’s face it: there just aren’t many dudes playing basketball that are pushing 7-feet tall with a 7’9? wingspan that move so well. He’s a freak. But for as much upside as Bamba has, he’s still way more raw than anticipated. (NBC Sports)
Who stood out during the first evaluation period?Playing in his hometown at the adidas Gauntlet Finale, Zion Williamson didn’t disappoint. A newly minted top five player in the class of 2018, Williamson put his complete game on display for everybody to see. Williamson has offers from NC State, Clemson, South Carolina, Maryland, Miami, Georgia, and Georgia Tech. He was also tracked by Kentucky, Duke, and North Carolina at the event. (Scout.com)
Five star center Jeremiah Tilmon commits to IllinoisJeremiah Tilmon, Scout’s No. 19 overall prospect, verbally committed to John Groce, Illinois on Monday, he informed Scout. “I’m going to Illinois because they’ve been recruiting me since 8th grade, and I take pride in loyalty,” Tilmon said. Tilmon, a 6-foot-10, 235-pound standout at La Porte (Ind.) La Lumiere, selected Illinois over Kansas, Michigan State, North Carolina and Texas. (Scout.com)
Three Observations from the adidas Gauntlet FinaleNick Weatherspoon (UNC offer) will push All-American status in the Class of 2017. The 6-foot-1 Weatherspoon continues to play well over the last few weeks as he’s a lethal scorer who can also rebound from the perimeter and distribute a little bit. After an MVP performance at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, 2018 forward Zion Williamson didn’t disappoint in multiple viewings. (NBC Sports)
Video: Jalek Felton put on a show during Big Shots Myrtle Beach basketball tournamentMyrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes told ABC 15 Sports that the four-day Big Shots Myrtle Beach basketball tournament at the Myrtle Beach Sports Center had an estimated $5-million impact to the area.
Two-time WPDE Mister Hoop Zone winner Jalek Felton was one of the main attractions. Felton, who recently transferred from Mullins High to Gray Collegiate Academy for his upcoming senior season, had a strong showing. (WPDE)
Blue Chip: 6'11" 2017 Five-Star Mohamed BambaLess than three years ago, Mohamed Bamba, who had yet to begin his freshman year at the Cardigan Mountain School in New Hampshire, dominated at the HoopGroup Future All-American Camp. A 6'7" fluid athlete with a semblance of skill, Bamba was the type of player that one could envision one day indeed be a future All-American. (247 Sports)
Romeo Langford Watched By UNC, Louisville, KentuckyThe best of the best came out for Romeo Langford this week. Louisville coach Rick Pitino saw Langford play on Thursday, Kentucky coach John Calipari was in the building on Friday, with North Carolina head man Roy Williams watching him on Saturday. "I didn't even know they were there," the 6-foot-6 Langford said Saturday after a win over Indiana Elite. (Zag's Blog)
Trae Young, Michael Porter to face Mohamed Bamba, Quade Green in Peach Jam finalA wild second semifinal has set up Sunday’s 2 p.m. (ESPNU) championship game between the PSA Cardinals of New York and Mokan Elite of Kansas in the Nike EYBL Finals at Peach Jam. The Cardinals trailed by 18 points before rallying in the second half to beat Team Penny and North Carolina recruiting target P.J. Washington 66-64 on Saturday night. (Fayetteville Observer)
UNC basketball finds new life on recruiting trailThere’s a good chance Mohamed Bamba won’t be in college long. The 6-foot-11 center with the 7-8 wingspan is one of the top players in the Class of 2017 and will likely be one of the top picks in the 2018 NBA draft. He was asked about the programs that have been grabbing players like him recently. “North Carolina is another school that I really like,” Bamba said with a smile. (Fayetteville Observer)
Kevin Knox: ‘I don’t really do package deals’Kevin Knox — a 6-9 forward from Tampa, Fla. — usually stays away from such talk. “I don’t really do package deals like that,” Knox said. “But I’m pretty sure, wherever I go, there’s going to be a kid on that team I’ve played with before.” Knox plans to cut his list down to 10 in the next few days, and he mentioned Kentucky, Duke, UNC and Florida State (his father’s alma mater) prominently. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
UA All-America: Devon Dotson takes overPoint guard Devon Dotson put on a show for the hundreds of college coaches in attendance at the Under Armour All-America camp Wednesday. With head coaches from Florida, Clemson and Tennessee in the house to see him play along with assistants from North Carolina, Wake Forest, N.C. State and many others, Dotson did everything one could ask a point guard to do. (Rivals.com)
Video: Top-10 recruit Kevin Knox talks UK, Duke and North CarolinaFive-star basketball prospect Kevin Knox talks about his recruitment, which includes blue-bloods North Carolina, Duke and Kentucky.
Roy Williams Watching 2017 PG Matt ColemanIt was a who’s who of coaches to see speedy lefty Matt Coleman on Friday. Roy Williams, Rick Pitino, Jim Boeheim, Ed Cooley, Buzz Williams, along with assistants from Arizona, Stanford, Texas, and Ohio State were all front and center for the premier guard. Coleman grew up a fan of UNC, and the interest from the ACC blueblood has caught the Boo Williams’ product’s eye. (Hoop Seen)
Peach Jam Friday morning recap for Andrew Platek, Kevin Knox, Mohamed Bamba and othersClass of 2017 recruit Andrew Platek, a 6-4 shooting guard being recruited by UNC, had 16 points and six rebounds for the Albany City Rocks as they beat Pro Skills 85-80 in three overtimes. Class of 2017 recruit Kevin Knox, a 6-8 forward being recruited by Duke and UNC, had 11 points and seven rebounds in an 83-70 loss to Houston Hoops. (Fayetteville Observer)
Kevin Knox discusses recruitment timetable, UNC and DukeFive-star small forward Kevin Knox, from Tampa, holds offers from UNC, Duke, Kentucky, Florida State, Arizona, Kansas, Maryland, and Villanova, among others. Right now it's shaping up as a Tobacco Road battle. Knox has visited both UNC and Duke, and he intends to cut his list to 10 teams after the Peach Jam and make a decision after his high school season. (Carolina Blue)
|Tracking Roy Williams on the Recruiting TrailMonday, October 17, 2016|
On an in home visit with 2017 5 star PF P.J. Washington in Henderson, NVWednesday, October 05, 2016
On an in-home visit with 2017 3 star power forward Sterling Manley (UNC offer) in Pickerington, OHTuesday, September 27, 2016
Watching 2018 5 star small forward Zion Williamson at Spartanburg Day School in Spartanburg, SC.Monday, September 26, 2016
Visiting 2017 3 star power forward Sterling Manly in Pickerington, OHSaturday, September 24, 2016
Hosting P.J. Washington (official visit), Coby White, David McCormack, Wendell Moore, and Christian Brown on visits to Chapel Hill.
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