Skal Labissiere Considering Playing OverseasWhen I first wrote about Skal Labissiere, a little more than two years ago, he was a 6-foot-9, 16-year-old still adjusting to life and basketball in the United States after moving here following an earthquake that devastated Haiti. Now, he's a 6-foot-11, 18-year-old at the center of a recruiting battle involving Georgetown, Kentucky, Memphis, North Carolina and Ole Miss. And on Thursday, he became the first Class of 2015 prospect to publicly acknowledge that he's interested in maybe skipping college altogether and playing a year overseas. (CBS Sports)
Edrice “Bam” Adebayo: Showing That Killer InstinctBuilt like a full grown man, Edrice Adebayo has shown over the past two weeks that he belongs in that group of top players in the class of 2016. Listed at 6-foot-9, 220 pounds, Adebayo is a monster on the glass, with post moves that have come a long way in the past couple months. He says that Kevin Garnett is a player he models his game after. Ranked No. 11 in the class of 2016 by 247 Sports, Adebayo has offers from UNC, NC State, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, Kansas, Wake Forest, Iowa State, East Carolina and Memphis. (Zag's Blog)
Video: Harry Giles is Back - 2014 Peach Jam MixtapeHarry Giles seems to have recovered nicely from knee surgery as he puts on a show at last weekend's Nike Peach Jam.
UNC reaches out to recent SMU decommit Matt McQuaidThe SMU Mustangs also suffered a hit to their 2015 recruiting class, when shooting guard Matt McQuaid decided to decommit and reopen his recruitment. "I feel like I just needed to take a step back and compare my options a little better and look at different schools," McQuaid said Wednesday. SMU will remain on McQuaid's list, but several other schools have already reached out. UNC, Virginia, Indiana, Texas, Baylor, LSU, Creighton and others are all showing interest. (CBS Sports)
Antonio Blakeney makes the jump to elite statusAntonio Blakeney has been a star in the state of Florida for a couple of years now, having averaged 24.8 points as a sophomore that earned first-team all-state honors. Blakeney found himself slowly creeping up the rankings throughout his junior season, but it wasn’t until May that he went from being another really good basketball player to the kind of prospect that everyone needs to pay attention. And it was one moment, captured on video, that made the statement for him. (NBC Sports)
Jalek Felton Drawing Serious Recruiting Interest2017 combo guard Jalek Felton (Mullins, S.C./Mullins) has been drawing some more interest of late, reports Justin Byerly. N.C. State, North Carolina, Florida, Wake Forest, Virginia, Wichita State and Michigan are the latest teams to reach out. Felton does not have any offers yet, but has six Crystal Ball predictions pointing to North Carolina. (Carolina Blue)
Harry Giles looking to regain his spot in 2016It wasn't long ago that Harry Giles III was considered the consensus best player in the class of 2016. In fact, many thought he was the best high school prospect to come along since Andrew Wiggins. Then came the injury. Giles tore his ACL, MCL and meniscus in his left knee, forcing him to miss 11 months. He returned at the EYBL Hampton event in May, but clearly wasn't the same player. Even at the Nike Peach Jam last week, he was probably only 85 percent. (CBS Sports)
Stephen Zimmerman's top seven, visit plansClass of 2015 center Stephen Zimmerman has narrowed down his choice of schools to a top seven, per ZagsBlog and SNY.tv. Kansas, UNLV, North Carolina, Indiana, Kentucky, UCLA, and Arizona have all made the 6-foot-11, 214-pound center's list. The 247Sports Composite five-star has also schedule three visits. (Carolina Blue)
Roy Williams offers 2016 SG Malik MonkRoy Williams offered a scholarship to 2016 5-star shooting guard Malik Monk (6-4, 180, Bentonville, Ark.) on Monday night according to multiple sources.
Williams got a first-hand look at Monk during last weekend's Peach Jam, where Monk put on a show for the coaches in attendance, even scoring a dominant 40 points in one of his games.
Monk is the first shooting guard in UNC's 2016 basketball recruiting class to receive a scholarship offer from Williams. Monk also hold offers from and is strongly considering Kentucky, Arkansas, and Kansas.
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Roy Williams offers 2015 center Skal LabissiereNorth Carolina is hunting for elite post players in the 2015 class, and Skal Labissiere is certainly one of them. He landed an offer from Tar Heel coach Roy Williams on Monday evening. Williams watched the 6-11 center from Cordova (Tenn.) Evangelical Christian School earlier this month at the Reebok Breakout Camp during the first July Evaluation Period. Labissiere is ranked the No. 10 prospect in the class by Scout.com. (Inside Carolina)
Harry Giles, Dennis Smith Jr., Edrice Adebayo a strong in-state trio in the Class of 2016Three players from North Carolina are in the top 12 of ESPN's Class of 2016 rankings, and two of those players are participating in the EYBL Finals at the Nike Peach Jam. (Fayetteville Observer)
Carolina, Kentucky, Louisville Pursuing Antonio BlakeneyNorth Carolina’s Roy Williams, Kentucky’s John Calipari, and Louisville’s Rick Pitino were among the head coaches in pursuit of shooting guard Antonio Blakeney at the Peach Jam Saturday. Continuing to show an ability to get to the rim and score in a variety of ways, Blakeney went for 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting as E1T1 rebounded from a tough Friday loss to the Playaz by downing Team Takeover, 86-61. Blakeney recently picked up Kentucky and North Carolina offers. (Zag's Blog)
Luke Maye draws ACC interest in basketballLuke Maye is a Class of 2015 basketball standout. Luke also plays baseball for Hough High School outside of Charlotte, and he expressed interest in returning to football as a senior. His father, Mark, was a record-setting quarterback for North Carolina in the mid-1980s. Luke, a 6-foot-7, 230-pound power forward with perimeter skills, is considered a top-150 prospect by most recruiting sites. He has received scholarship offers from several ACC programs and extended looks from North Carolina's coaches. (Fayetteville Observer)
Harry Giles is a top target for Duke and UNCEven at a tournament for the best of the best, Harry Giles commands attention. As Giles, a 6-foot-10, 215-pound junior from Winston-Salem, moved up and down the court at the Nike EYBL Peach Jam, coaches spoke in hushed tones among themselves. Not all of the talk focused on the present. (Charlotte Observer)
Brandon Ingram just one of the guys at ECI for always-talented KinstonBrandon Ingram was just one of the guys, as difficult as that may be given the senior stands at 6-foot-9 and sports a 7-4 wing span. But there the Kinston High School basketball standout was blending in as he stood in line with his teammates without any fanfare as they entered the gym Thursday for a pre-camp meeting for the annual East Coast Invitational team camp. This has been a busy summer for Ingram as he continues to draw offers from a number of major collegiate programs, including Duke, North Carolina, Louisville, Kentucky, Kansas and UCLA. (Jacksonville Daily News)
|Tracking Roy Williams on the Recruiting TrailMonday, 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, FLWednesday, September 16, 2015
Visiting 2016 PF Harry Giles at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, VATuesday, September 15, 2015
Visiting with 2016 5-star shooting guard Rawle Alkins at Word of God Academy in Raleigh, NCThursday, September 10, 2015
Visiting 2016 PF Harry Giles at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, VA
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