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)
Dennis Smith Jr. says injured knee is better, that he'll "be back soon"Fayetteville's Dennis Smith Jr., who hurt his left knee Sunday night in the semifinals of the adidas Nations Global event in California, sat out Team Wall's 113-93 loss against Team Rose in the nationally televised championship game Monday. Smith, the top-ranked point guard in the Class of 2016, left the gym on crutches Sunday. His father, Dennis Sr., said Monday that there is no swelling in the knee and it has full range of motion. (Fayetteville Observer)
Rawle Alkins Drops 26, Wins MVP as Team Rose Wins adidas Nations ChampionshipRawle Alkins scored 18 of his 26 points in the second half Monday night as Team Rose beat Team Wall, 113-93, to win the adidas Nations championship in Long Beach, Calif. The 6-foot-5 Alkins won MVP honors while shooting 9-for-16 from the field and 6-for-8 from beyond the arc in the victory. Dennis Smith Jr. did not play for Team Wall because of a knee injury, but was invited by Alkins into the Team Rose huddle for the celebration. (Zag's Blog)
|Tracking Roy Williams on the Recruiting TrailSunday, April 24, 2016|
Watching 2019 F Matthew Hurt, 2017 PG Nick Weatherspoon, 2018 UNC PG commit Rechon Black, 2018 SF Jairus Hamilton, 2018 SG Zion Williamson at the adidas Uprising event in Atlanta, GA4/22/2016 - 4/23/2016
Watching 2017 UNC PG commit Jalek Felton, 2017 PG Trevon Duval, 2018 PG Devon Dotson, 2018 SF Cameron Reddish, 2017 C Mohamed Bamba, 2017 PF P.J. Washington, 2017 SG Brandon Randolph, 2017 SF Kevin Knox, 2017 SG Lonnie Walker in Indianapolis, INWednesday, April 20, 2016
Visiting previously offered 2017 5 star center Jeremiah Tilmon in La Porte, IndianaTuesday, April 19, 2016
On an in-home visit with 2017 SF Kevin Knox in Tampa, FLMonday, April 18, 2016
On an in-home visit with 2017 PF P.J. Washington in Dallas, TX
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