Kevin Knox Blog: Kicking off the season, friends committing, and moreKevin Knox: I’m still looking at committing after the season. I’m gonna get to some games and see how the teams do. I’ve got two officials to FSU and Kentucky in January then I’ll finish it off in February at North Carolina. I’m looking forward to all of them. I just want to see how the teams play and see who sticks around after the season and who stays and things like that. (USA Today)
Bad breaks lead to big things for Pickerington Central's Sterling ManleySterling Manley had worked hard to get back on the court from a broken right tibia just five months earlier. This time, he was felled by a compound fracture of the left tibia. Amazingly, almost exactly nine months after that horrifying night, Manley signed a national letter of intent to play for five-time NCAA champion North Carolina. The timeline of Manley’s meteoric ascent was just as incredible. (Columbus Dispatch)
Top basketball recruit Zion Williamson dreaming big at Tournament of ChampionsZion Williamson is the best player this week at the Tournament of Champions, according to college basketball recruiting services. The junior from Spartanburg (S.C.) Day School ranks as high as No. 2 in the Class of 2018 by Scout.com. At 16 years old, Williamson already has 34 Division I scholarship offers, including ones from Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Clemson and Arizona. (Peoria Journal Star)
Video: Zion Williamson scores 50 against Proviso EastHighlights of 2018 UNC small forward recruit Zion WIlliamson's career-high, 50-point performance as Spartanburg Day School beats Proviso East 89-77 at Washington (IL) Tournament of Champions.
Video: Kevin Knox Scores 30 Points In 2 Quarters5-star SF Kevin Knox, UNC's top remaining 2017 recruiting target, scores 30 Points in only 2 quarters of play for Tampa Catholic after being forced to the bench for most of the game due to some questionable foul calls.
Video: Off Day Workout with Coby WhiteCoby White, a 2018 North Carolina point guard commit, goes through an off-day shooting workout with his trainer at the Greenfield School in Wilson, NC.
Steph Curry Impressed By Basketball Recruit Zion WilliamsonMeet Zion Williamson, a 16-year-old junior at Spartanburg Day School in Spartanburg, South Carolina. According to the 2018 ESPN 60, Williamson is the third-ranked prospect in the country, and at 6-foot-7, 230-lbs., he could be a force to be reckoned with when he gets to college. That’s why 27 schools, including Kansas, Kentucky, UNC, and Louisville, have already offered him scholarships. (Uproxx)
Video: Brandon Huffman Summer Highlights6'10 Brandon Huffman was a beast this spring and summer for Team Loaded North Carolina. He went from being relatively unknown to getting double digit high major offers. Huffman ultimately decided to stay in state and committed to the North Carolina Tar Heels.
Roy Williams on Brandon Huffman: "His future is really bright"Roy Williams on Brandon Huffman: “Brandon is a youngster who goes to school in Raleigh and his folks live in Anchorage (Alaska). He’s a big kid, he’s got the body. His future is really bright. He’s not a smooth player yet, but he has a wonderful attitude, will work extremely hard and every time I see him play he’s better than what I saw the previous time." (Carolina Blue)
ACC Basketball Recruiting: Early Signing Period BreakdownThe Tar Heels lose a lot of size after this season so finding big men was a priority in 2017. In Brandon Huffman North Carolina has a physically rugged guy and Sterling Manley is a lengthy big man who can protect the rim. Both are somewhat unproven, though. Andrew Platek is a catch-and-shoot guy while Jalek Felton looks like the best bet to make an instant impact. (Rivals.com)
Video: Zion Williamson Scores 42Zion Williamson, North Carolina's top recruiting target in the 2018 class, led Spartanburg Day to a 80-58 win over Cardinal Newman. Williamson finished with 42 points and 13 rebounds.
Jarred Vanderbilt Won't Sign in the FallFive-star forward Jarred Vanderbilt — a 6-foot-9 recruit from Houston, Texas — was not expected to make an early decision, but he also had not announced a specific timetable for his commitment. Kentucky and North Carolina hosted Vanderbilt for official visits last month, and TCU — where his first cousin is an assistant coach — has also been mentioned as a possible favorite. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Tar Heels in desperate need for power forward help in 2017-18UNC has already added four scholarship players in the 2017 class, including two big men in 6-9 Brandon Huffman and 6-10 Sterling Manley. But with projected losses including five seniors along with the possibility that juniors Joel Berry and Justin Jackson will enter the 2017 NBA Draft, Carolina has room for at least one and as many as three more freshmen for 2017-18. (ACC Sports Journal)
Jalek Felton, Zion Williamson on Naismith High School Player of the Year watch listGray Collegiate senior guard Jalek Felton and A.C. Flora sophomore forward Christian Brown are among the 50 players on the Naismith Boys High School Player of the Year watch list released Tuesday. Felton is the No. 1 combo guard in the country by 247Sports. He signed with UNC last week. Spartanburg Day’s Zion Williamson, one of the top prospects for the Class of 2018, also is on the list. (The State)
What to know about UNC's newest men’s basketball signeesJalek Felton, the nephew of former Tar Heel Raymond Felton, is the highlight of this recruiting class. A three-star shooting guard from New York, Andrew Platek will provide some depth to UNC’s backcourt. A three-star center, Brandon Huffman will likely get considerable minutes in the frontcourt next year. Like Huffman, power forward Sterling Manley will take on an important role in UNC’s lineup. (Daily Tar Heel)
|Tracking Roy Williams on the Recruiting Trail4/22/2017 - 4/23/2017|
Watching 2018 SG Romeo Langford (UNC offer), 2019 SG Josh Nickelberry (UNC offer), 2020 PF Isaiah Todd, 2019 SF Christian Brown, 2018 SF Zion Williamson (UNC offer), and Armando Bacot in Dallas, TXFriday, April 21, 2017
Watching 2018 SF Jairus Hamilton (UNC offer), 2019 C D.J. Burns, 2018 UNC PG commit Coby White, and 2018 SF Jaylen Hoard in Hampton, VAWednesday, April 19, 2017
On an in home visit with 2017 five star SF Kevin Knox in Tampa, FLFriday, April 07, 2017
Visiting 2017 UNC signee Jalek Felton and 2019 UNC target Juwan Gary at Gray Collegiate Academy in West Columbia, SCFriday, April 07, 2017
On an in home visit with 2018 5 star SF Zion Williamson in Spartanburg, SC
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