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Malik Monk to Announce List Next Month

Malik Monk, the 6-4 shooting guard from Lepanto (ARK) Bentonville, will announce his college list next month on the radio show of his brother Marcus, Ben Roberts of NextCats reported. Marcus Monk previously told SNY.tv his brother would announce his list next month. Kentucky and Arizona are the perceived leaders for Monk, but Roberts reported Marcus said Kansas, North Carolina, Oregon and Florida State are also strongly in the mix. (Zag's Blog)

Dennis Smith Jr. shines at Adidas Uprising Gauntlet Series event

Fayetteville point guard Dennis Smith Jr., a rising senior at Trinity Christian School, is playing for North Carolina's Team Loaded at the final Adidas Uprising Gauntlet Series stop in Atlanta. In a 61-57 victory against Stackhouse Elite Uplay on Wednesday, Smith had 18 points, five assists, and three rebounds in 29 minutes. Smith played in front of coaches from Duke, UNC, NC State, and Louisville. Edrice Adebayo, another highly rated recruit in the Class of 2016, had 14 points and 12 rebounds. (Fayetteville Observer)

Harry Giles Planning Fall Decision

Harry Giles is planning to cut his college list later this summer and then arrive at a decision sometime this fall. The 6-foot-10 Giles out of Winston-Salem (N.C.) Wesleyan is considering eight schools — Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Kansas, Syracuse, Ohio State and UNLV. “He’s still got all eight schools,” Harry Giles Sr. told SNY.tv at the Peach Jam. (Zag's Blog)

Harry Giles enjoying final summer as a prep star

With spacious atriums of brick and glass, the inside of the Riverview Park Activities Center doesn't usually seem cramped. But when Harry Giles, the rising senior at High Point Wesleyan Christian, is around, space becomes tight. A smooth 6-foot-10 forward, Giles is considered by many as the top recruit in his class. At the Nike EYBL Finals at Peach Jam, where he's playing on Team CP3, he's a rock star. As soon as Thursday's early game ended, he was mobbed by reporters. (Fayetteville Observer)

Roy Williams offers Finnish big man Lauri Markkanen

North Carolina has offered 2016 power forward Lauri Markkanen from Finland, Scout.com reports. Per Scout's Evan Daniels, UNC head coach Roy Williams offered the 6-foot-10, 214-pound prospect over the phone. Markkanen is down to three schools: North Carolina, Utah, and Arizona. He plans to visit all three in October before making a November decision. Williams plans to make an in-home visit to see Markkanen in September. (Carolina Blue)

Legion of High-Major Coaches Turn Out to Watch Alkins, Heron

A legion of big-time Division 1 coaches turned out on the first night of the July live period in Atlanta to watch the NY Rens team featuring Rawle Alkins and Mustapha Heron at the Adidas Gauntlet Finale. Among the coaches on hand were Kentucky’s John Calipari, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, North Carolina’s Roy Williams, SMU’s Larry Brown, and Texas’ Shaka Smart. Rens coach Andy Borman expects Kentucky, North Carolina, St. John’s and Indiana to prioritize Alkins in July. (Zag's Blog)

Kobi Simmons to Visit Kentucky, Xavier

Kobi Simmons, a 6-foot-5 combo guard from Alpharetta (GA) St. Francis, has set two official visits for later this summer: Kentucky and Xavier. The No. 1 point guard in the Class of 2016 according to 247Sports.com, Simmons is being courted by a Who’s Who of schools, including Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio State, Georgia, Arizona, Kansas and Syracuse, among others. (Zag's Blog)

Jayson Tatum announcing decision within two weeks

Jayson Tatum is ready to let the world know where he will be playing college basketball. Sometime within the next two weeks, the #1 small forward (and #4 overall player) in the Class of 2016 will announce his decision. Down to four schools as of April 10th, the 6'8" wing from Saint Louis, Missouri surprised some when he kept his hometown school on the list with Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina. But based on everything Tatum has said leading up to his decision, counting SLU in with the other three heavyweights was not just a token inclusion. (Carolina Blue)

July Live Period Preview: Five story lines to track this month

During the spring, it looked as though Dennis Smith had the crown locked up as the best guard in the Class of 2016. Although the 6-foot-2 North Carolina native still has a great chance to be the top guard in the national class, he’s going to be pushed by some strong competition during the month of July. 6-foot-5 Kobi Simmons from Atlanta, 6-foot-2 Utah native Frank Jackson and De’Aaron Fox, a 6-foot-3 product of Houston, are all legitimate threats to go at Smith. (NBC Sports)

Video: Jalek Felton "95 percent" committed to UNC

2017 commit Jalek Felton said Tuesday that he's "95 percent" committed to UNC, that he's still waiting on the NCAA situation to be resolved. He also mentioned Kentucky and South Carolina. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum considering package deal

Harry Giles called Jayson Tatum his "best friend"; they roomed together in Crete, just as they did at the FIBA U17 Worlds in Dubai last summer, and both want to chase a national championship in 2016-17, what'll likely be their lone college season. Teaming up in college, Giles said, "is mostly definitely what we talk about," and Tatum called it a "pretty strong possibility." Giles and Tatum have three overlapping schools on their lists: Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina. (Sports Illustrated)

Fresh Off Gold Medals, Tatum, Giles Expected to Draw Big Crowds at Peach Jam

Fresh off winning gold medals with the USA U19 team at the World Championship in Greece on Sunday, 2016 stars Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles are expected to compete this week at the Nike Peach Jam. The 6-foot-8 Tatum will play with the St. Louis Eagles, while the 6-10 Giles is on the CP3 roster. The teams are in different pools in the Under-17 bracket and won’t meet during pool play, which begins Thursday at 9 a.m. (Zag's Blog)

USA Beats Croatia in Overtime to Win FIBA U19 World Championship

Facing its toughest game of the tournament, the United States defended its U19 title with a 79-71 overtime victory over Croatia in the gold-medal game of the FIBA Under-19 World Championship in Greece. One day after dropping 30 points on the Italians in the semifinals, Villanova freshman Jalen Brunson went for 14 points, 2016 star forward Harry Giles came on strong late and finished with 13 points and 16 rebounds and Jayson Tatum added 13 points. (Zag's Blog)

Video: Top 2016 basketball recruit Harry Giles having huge summer

Harry Giles of Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.) is validating his place atop the 247Sports Composite for the Class of 2016 this summer. Giles, a 6-foot-9, 225-pound power forward, is one of four rising high school seniors currently in Greece with USA Basketball's U19 team. Through three games, he is averaging 13.6 points and 8.3 rebounds — playing less than 20 minutes in all three. (MaxPreps)

Dennis Smith shines at Stephen Curry camp, heads next to adidas Gauntlet

Fayetteville point guard Dennis Smith Jr. has a big week ahead in Atlanta, but let's rewind first to the show he put on in front of Stephen Curry, the 2015 NBA MVP and starting point guard for the league champion Golden State Warriors. Check out these highlights. Next up for Smith, fellow in-state recruit Edrice Adebayo and their Team Loaded travel squad is the adidas Uprising Gauntlet Finale in Atlanta from July 8-11. (Fayetteville Observer)

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

7/20/2016 - 7/22/2016
Watching 2017 PG Collin Sexton, 2017 C Nate Watson, 2017 SF Kevin Knox, 2017 PF Brandon Huffman, 2017 PG Tremont Waters, 2017 SF Jermaine Samuels, 2018 UNC PG commit Rechon Black, 2018 SG Romeo Langford, 2018 SG Zion Williamson, 2018 SF Jairus Hamilton, 2018 CG Coby White, 2019 SF Wendell Moore, 2019 PF Matthew Hurt in Las Vegas, NV

Thursday, July 14, 2016
Watching 2018 PF Zion Williamson, 2019 PF Christian Brown, and 2019 PG Ashton Hagans at the Champions Classic in Marietta, GA

7/14/2016 - 7/15/2016
Watching 2018 UNC PG commit Jalek Felton, 2019 SF Joey Baker, 2018 PF Miles Norris, 2017 C Nate Watson, and 2017 PG Trevon Duval at the Under Armour Association Finals in Cartersville, GA

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Watching 2017 center Mohamed Bamba, 2017 PF P.J. Washington, and 2017 PG Matt Coleman at Team USA U18 practice in Houston, TX

Saturday, July 09, 2016
Watching 2017 PG Nick Weatherspoon, 2018 UNC PG commit Rechon Black, 2018 SF Jairus Hamilton, 2018 PF Zion Williamson, 2018 SG Romeo Langford at the adidas Gauntlet Series in Spartanburg, SC

More Recruiting Visits

Top UNC Basketball Recruits
RecruitClassRating
Mohamed Bamba2017 PF
Wendell Carter2017 PF
Jalek Felton2017 PG
Kevin Knox2017 SF
Jarred Vanderbilt2017 SF
P.J. Washington2017 PF
Romeo Langford2018 SG
Zion Williamson2018 SF
Brandon Randolph2017 SG
Isaiah Stokes2017 PF

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