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Dennis Smith Jr. Blog: New Kentucky offer, package deals and ending AAU season

Dennis Smith: "Right now it’s down to six, in no particular order: Kentucky, Duke, Louisville, N.C. State, Wake Forest and North Carolina. Of course y’all know that I’ve talked in my blog about me, Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles teaming up in college and that hasn’t changed. It’s definitely something that we all still talk about and I’d say there’s still a great chance of it. At the end of the day, I’ve gotta do what’s best for me, but, again, it’s something we still all talk about." (USA Today)

2016 recruiting class the most decorated in N.C. history

Rising seniors Harry Giles, Dennis Smith Jr. and Edrice Adebayo are responsible for giving North Carolina a basketball recruiting class with the highest profile in state history. For the big-picture perspective, there's no better reference than Lenoir-based Bob Gibbons, who started following recruiting in 1975 and continues to run the All Star Report. "With three kids rated in the top 10 in the nation, that's never happened before," Gibbons said Monday. (Fayetteville Observer)

Kobi Simmons cuts list to 6

Kobi Simmons has cut his list of school to six. The five-star combo guard in the Class of 2016 is still considering North Carolina, Kentucky, Xavier, Ohio State, Arizona, and Georgia. Simmons is ranked as the No. 8 overall prospect in the 2016 class by 247Sports Composite. North Carolina is battling Kansas, Arizona, Kentucky, and Ohio State among others who've offered Simmons. (A Sea of Blue)

One-on-One with Harry Giles

After playing in the EYBL, winning a Gold Medal with USA Basketball and competing in The 8 during final evaluation period, Harry Giles, Scout's top prospect in 2016, has completed his final spring and summer on the circuit. Did he live up to his own expectations on the court? What is his recruiting plan going forward? Giles went one-on-one with Scout. (Scout.com)

Smith, Adebayo, DeLaurier, Killeya-Jones end adidas Uprising in strong fashion

Dennis Smith hit a left-handed, go-ahead layup with four seconds left as Team Loaded North Carolina beat Indiana Elite 78-77. Smith had 29 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Edrice Adebayo had 25 points and 16 rebounds. Team Loaded Virginia beat Mass Rivals 76-74 in the championship game. 2016 power forward Javin DeLaurier, who has an offer from UNC, scored 14 points. Sacha Killeya-Jones, another Class of 2016 forward with an offer from UNC, scored 17 points. (Fayetteville Observer)

Las Vegas: Malik Monk goes for 34, wins The 8

Malik Monk is certainly in the top tier of 2016 prospects and he made that quite clear on Saturday in the championship of The 8 when he scored 34 points in a win over Mac Irvin Fire. On the recruiting front, Monk recently said he’s looking to narrow down his list of schools soon. A source close to the situation said the schools currently recruiting him are Arkansas, Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, Oregon, Florida State and Oklahoma State. (Scout.com)

Miles Bridges shows off how quickly he'll connect in college hoops

Miles Bridges is a 6-7, 220-pound forward who plays at the high school level for West Virginia’s Huntington Prep and will choose among Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State and North Carolina for college basketball. He will take official visits in the fall and expects to have a decision made by December. He is best described as a forward with no particular modifier because he could play either of the two positions in college. He figures to be an ideal stretch-4. (Sporting News)

Video: Lauri Markkanen Interview

An interview with 6-11 Finnish power forward Lauri Markkanen at the 2015 FIBA U18 European Championship in Volos, Greece. Markkanen holds a scholarship offer from UNC and has the Tar Heels squarely in his mix of schools. View Video...

Dennis Smith, Edrice Adebayo in adidas Uprising semifinals

Team Loaded North Carolina, with Fayetteville's Dennis Smith Jr. as its point guard, reached the adidas Uprising Summer Championships' 17U Gold bracket semifinals with a 78-58 win over Raleigh's Garner Road on Saturday in Las Vegas. Smith had 15 points and eight assists as Team Loaded North Carolina improved to 5-0 in the event. Power forward Edrice Adebayo, another highly regarded Class of 2016 recruit, scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. (Fayetteville Observer)

Kentucky Offers 2016 Five-Star Big Man Edrice Adebayo

Five-star 2016 power forward Edrice “Bam” Adebayo announced via Twitter that the Wildcats had officially offered him. Adebayo is a 6’9?, 232 lbs. North Carolina native, who is ranked as the No. 4 power forward and No. 14 prospect overall in 2016, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Adebayo doesn’t plan on narrowing down his recruitment until next spring, but Louisville, North Carolina and N.C. State have been pursuing him the hardest up to this point. (Kentucky Sports Connection)

Decision on top schools coming soon from Malik Monk

Malik Monk is rated the No. 1 shooting guard and No. 5 overall prospect in the nation by ESPN. After Wednesday's game, he turned his focus to playing in the prestigious Chris Paul The 8 tournament in Las Vegas. Monk plans to announce his top schools after returning to Arkansas, but it will go beyond five schools and include the Razorbacks. Malik Monk said he knows what he wants in a school. "Good coaching on and off the court, good teammates and just an up-and-down pace." (Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

Battle of Borders: Markelle Fultz

The summer rise of Markelle Fultz has been impressive, and he continues that with his play on Wednesday. Fultz was in total control and showed why he is one of the top prospects in the country. Fultz is close to narrowing his list, but hasn’t done so yet. At the game Wednesday was Washington coach Lorenzo Romar, Maryland’s Mark Turgeon, and Ohio State’s Thad Matta along assistants from Arizona, Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, and NC State. (Inside Carolina)

Sacha Killeya-Jones talks recruiting at adidas event

Forward Sacha Killeya-Jones' stock has been on the rise in the basketball recruiting world, and it will only continue to do so after his strong showing at the adidas Summer Championship in Las Vegas. Killeya-Jones is a four-star prospect according to the 247Sports Composite, but 247Sports is the lone outlet to have him rated a five-star prospect (Carolina Blue)

Rawle Alkins talks recruitment, his legacy, comparisons to Lance Stephenson

For a variety of reasons New York City is no longer home to the best basketball talent in the country. However, every so often there is a special talent who reminds people that New York is still capable of producing high-level, game-changing phenoms. In the 2016 class, Brooklyn native Rawle Alkins appears to be doing just that. (Rumble In The Garden)

Before fully committing, Jalek Felton wants a chat with UNC coaches about NCAA violations

Back in 2005, Jalek Felton watched his uncle Raymond Felton, now a point guard for the Dallas Mavericks, pose for sweat-soaked snapshots after helping North Carolina to its first national title since 1995. As an eighth grader, Jalek’s Team Felton AAU coach Fred Cannon had he and his teammates write down five schools they’d want to play for in college, to which Felton jotted down “North Carolina” five times. (USA Today)

Where's Roy?
Tracking Roy Williams on the Recruiting Trail

Tuesday, February 02, 2016
At Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada watching 2017 4-star power forward P.J. Washington

Friday, January 29, 2016
Watching 2018 3-star small forward Jairus Hamilton play against 2018 PG Devon Dotson at Cannon School in Concord, NC.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Watching 2017 PF Wendell Carter play against Pace Academy in Atlanta, GA

Saturday, January 23, 2016
Visiting 2017 5-star small forward Kevin Knox at Tampa Catholic High School in Tampa, FL

Sunday, January 17, 2016
Watching 2016 4-star center Udoka Azubuike at the Hoop Hall Classic in Springfield, MA

More Recruiting Visits

Top UNC Basketball Recruits
RecruitClassRating
Rawle Alkins2016 SG
Jarrett Allen2016 PF
Mohamed Bamba2017 C
Wendell Carter2017 C
Jalek Felton2017 SG
Kevin Knox2017 SF
Jeremiah Tilmon2017 C
Tony Bradley2016 C
Brandon Robinson2016 SG
Seventh Woods2016 PG

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