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Beach Ball Day Two Notebook: Jalek Felton

Between the Beach Ball and last week’s Chick-Fil-A Classic, Jalek Felton has drawn quite a bit of bandwith here on Scout. Thing is, he’s absolutely deserving of it. There’s no such thing as the perfect player and the slick combo guard needs to improve on his propensity for high risk passes, but there’s not much arguing with a sophomore who goes for 51 points on 15-27 FG and 14-14 FT. Felton presently ranks No. 6 in the 2017 class and is every bit of that. (Scout.com)

Dennis Smith Jr. Talks Package Deal with Tatum, Giles, Playing Seventh Woods, Recruiting

Much has been made about the possible package deal with Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles and Dennis Smith Jr. While it is something that each is highly considering, they don’t discuss it often. “We talk about it about twice every month,” Smith Jr. told SNY.tv. “They’re two great players, two of the top ranked players in the country, and they show it every time they play. It would definitely be a plus for me to play with those guys.” (Zag's Blog)

Jalek Felton explodes for 51 at Beach Ball Classic

After Franklin (Ohio) senior Luke Kennard went off for a Beach Ball Classic single game-record 52 points in a win over Mullins on Friday, the Auctioneers’ Jalek Felton wanted to top the performance a day later. The sophomore came close but was unable to pass Kennard on the list as he put up a career-high 51 points in Mullins’ 83-74 win over Myrtle Beach in a consolation game of the Beach Ball Classic. Felton’s previous career-high was 48 set earlier this year against Marlboro County. (SC Now)

Beach Ball Classic Day One: Jalek Felton, Luke Maye

A senior power forward headed to North Carolina, Luke Maye did what he normally does: He puts up numbers and led his team to a victory. In a 54-52 win over Columbus (Ohio) Northland, Maye racked up 20 points and 12 rebounds on 9-18 from the floor. Sophomore guard Jalek Felton, couldn't push Mullins past Franklin but scored 29 points on 10-20 shooting, adding four rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks. (Scout.com)

Harry Giles pumps up jams for High Point Wesleyan

High Point (N.C.) Wesleyan Christian junior big man Harry Giles has used this week at the Culligan City of Palms Classic to prove to the world that he and his surgically repaired left knee are doing just fine. (The News-Press)

Jaylen Brown Wins City of Palms MVP

UNC's top target in the 2015 class was named MVP of the City of Palms Classic, a tournament which featured many of the nation's elite recruits. Jaylen Brown, the No. 2 prospect in the 247Sports Composite rankings, led Wheeler (GA) to a victory over Montverde (FL) in the championship game. He finished with 25 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists. Brown confirmed that he will take one of his remaining two official visits to check out UNC. (Carolina Blue)

Blessing and curse of Seventh Woods' early rise to fame

Two years ago when Hammond (Columbia, S.C.) point guard Seventh Woods’ highlight video proclaiming him to be the country’s top 14-year-old hooper hit the Internet, it set off what Woods agrees was a gift and a curse. Yes, his exposure went through the roof, but the downside was that, well, his exposure went through the roof. “It’s to a point where, if I don’t do a Sportscenter Top 10 play, people feel like I let them down. It’s not even about that stuff; I’m just trying to get better every time I play. People get a little crazy with it.” (USA Today)

Brandon Ingram Says UNC Academic Scandal ‘Affects Decision’

Some observers believe Brandon Ingram will ultimately end up at North Carolina because he is close with former Tar Heel Jerry Stackhouse, who also played for Kinston High. Still, the academic scandal at UNC has complicated things and Ingram said that has impacted his thought process. “Of course it affects my decision,” Ingram said. “I really like those guys a lot, and I really like all of the colleges a lot, so I’m just waiting to see what’s going to happen because it will affect my decision." (Zag's Blog)

Chick-fil-A Day Three Notebook: Woods, Felton, Ingram, Smith

I’ve watched Brandon Ingram for years, and Monday night may have been the best I’ve ever seen him play. Matched head to head against P.J. Dozier, Ingram soared to a sterling outing: 26 points (9-17 fg, 2-5 on threes), 12 rebounds, six assists and a steal. The showdown between Dennis Smith and Seventh Woods proved to be more fizzle than sizzle, but each man had his moments. Woods helped lead Hammond past Smith's Trinity Christian 64-54. (Scout.com)

Video: Brandon Ingram posterizes defender in front of Roy Williams

This is 6’9? Brandon Ingram (Kinston) putting a defender on a poster Monday at the Chick-Fil-A Classic in Columbia, SC. The dunk went down in a close game situation late in the fourth quarter, which sparked a comeback win for Kinston High. UNC’s Roy Williams, NC State’s Rob Moxy, & USC’s Frant Martin were all in the house to check out the match-up between Ingram and Spring Valley’s P.J. Dozier. (Ball Is Life)

Jalek Felton to Visit UNC in January

Jalek Felton will take visits in January to five schools — Arizona, Kansas, North Carolina, Kentucky and Wichita State — he told SNY.tv after a 22-point performance in front of Roy Williams in an 83-62 loss to Keenan (S.C.). Felton, the No. 5-ranked player in the Class of 2017 by 247 Sports and the nephew of Dallas Mavericks point guard Raymond Felton, says that while North Carolina is the frontrunner, he is going to give all schools a chance. (Zag's Blog)

Jaylen Brown, Antonio Blakeney accustomed to questions

Antonio Blakeney and Jaylen Brown have done their best to live up to their billing. After averaging 29 points per game in last year’s City of Palms, Blakeney scored 22 and 25 points in his first two games. Brown has averaged 22.5 points and eight rebounds. In the second half Saturday, Brown had three crowd-wowing dunks. Sitting under the basket was North Carolina coach Roy Williams. Both Brown and Blakeney list the Tar Heels among their college finalists. (Naples Daily News)

Jaylen Brown holds court

There are many good basketball players. And a few are really, really good basketball players. Then, there is Jaylen Brown. He's spectacular, amazing...pick any adjective that depicts one heckuva basketball player and high school student. Brown is a 6-foot-7, 220-pound guard/forward, who can go to college anywhere he pleases. He's narrowed his field to many of the traditional basketball Valhallas — Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA, North Carolina, Michigan as well as Georgia Tech and Georgia. (News-Press)

Chick-Fil-A Day Two Notebook: Smith, Woods, Ingram

Dennis Smith, PG, Trinity Christian — Smith did not enjoy his finest outing in a loss to Morgan County (Ga.), but I can't say I was too displeased for one reason: Smith now will go head to head against Seventh Woods on Monday. The two junior guards brought out the best in each other last winter. Brandon Ingram, WF, Kinston — The Vikings fell to a bigger opponent in Arlington Country Day. Ingram struggled big-time with his jump shot — 3-12 from the floor, 0-5 on threes — to finish with 14 points. (Scout.com)

Video: Harry Giles, Kwe Parker Bring the Dunk Show to City of Palms

The #2 ranked high school in the country, Wesleyan Christian Academy (NC), put on a dunk show in their City of Palms debut. WCA took on Whitney Young and dominated the game from the jump, led by juniors Kwe Parker (20 points) and Harry Giles (27 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks). This video also feature junior Jalen Johnson, who also gets in on the fun. (Ball Is Life)

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

Monday, November 02, 2015
Watching 2016 combo guard Seventh Woods work out at Hammond School in Columbia, SC

Thursday, October 15, 2015
Watching 2016 combo guard Seventh Woods work out at Hammond School in Columbia, SC

Monday, 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, FL

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Visiting 2016 PF Harry Giles at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, VA

More Recruiting Visits

Top UNC Basketball Recruits
Rawle Alkins2016 SG
Wendell Carter2017 PF
Jalek Felton2017 SG
Udoka Azubuike2016 C
Tony Bradley2016 C
Brandon Robinson2016 SG
Seventh Woods2016 PG

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