Diamond Stone discusses his package deal, recent weight lossEvery prospect at this age is a work in progress, but it’s clear to see that Stone has already started that process of improving. He’s worked on his body, getting rid of some of his baby fat and toning up his physique. His father told NBCSports.com that he’s down to 246 pounds from 263 earlier this year, something that Stone credits to long hours in the gym and the weight room this spring. (NBC Sports)
Roy Williams watches Brandon Ingram in ChicagoRoy Williams was in Chicago on Friday watching 2015 5-star small forward Brandon Ingram at the adidas Uprising skills camp. Other coaches sighted courtside included Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, Kentucky's John Calipari, and Kansas coach Bill Self.
Ingram scored 22 points in a 70-64 loss (box score pdf file) in his first game of the day but was held to just 6 points on 3-13 shooting in his team's evening game (box score pdf file), which they also lost 79-76. Through 4 games Friday, Ingram is averaging 12.3 points, good for 8th overall among all players at the event which runs through Sunday (complete leaderboard pdf file).
Ingram holds a scholarship offer from UNC and lists the Tar Heels among his current leaders.
Matt Ryan commits to Notre DameHis name is Ryan so it somehow seemed inevitable he would land with the Irish. And now he has. Matt Ryan, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound sharpshooting small forward from New Rochelle (N.Y.) Iona Prep, has verbally committed to Notre Dame, becoming the Irish’s first commit for 2015. Ryan, who will remain at Iona Prep for his senior season, has been unable to play this spring and summer after undergoing two arthroscopic hip surgeries on March 3, but expects to be cleared to play in about a month. (Zag's Blog)
UNC basketball coaches on the recruiting trail ThursdayRoy Williams was in Las Vegas for a second straight day on Thursday watching several recruiting targets at the LeBron James Skills Academy.
Williams focused his attention on three primary recruits: 2015 center Stephen Zimmerman, 2015 center Henry Ellenson, and 2016 small forward Jayson Tatum. All three players hold scholarship offers from UNC.
Williams wasn't the only UNC coach on the recruiting trail. Assistant coach C.B. McGrath was in Philadelphia for the Reebok Breakout Classic watching 2015 guard P.J. Dozier, 2015 power foward Skal Labissiere, 2016 center Nate Morris, 2015 PG Jawun Evans, and 2016 PG Derryck Thornton.
Dozier is the only recruit among that group that currently holds a UNC offer. Here are some of Dozier's highlights from Day 1 of the event:
Henry Ellenson working to become a more versatile playerOne of the best individual matchups of the first day of action at the LeBron James Skills Academy was the one consisting of five-star 2015 prospects Henry Ellenson and Ivan Rabb. While both performed very well in the first half of the contest, the fact of the matter is that neither was on the court at the same time. That changed in the second half, as they were faced with the challenge of defending each other. (NBC Sports)
Stephen Zimmerman Focusing on 8, Planning Officials in the FallOn Wednesday, Stephen Zimmerman was showing out on the first day of the LeBron James Skills Academy, using his mobility and passing ability to make an impact at both ends of the floor. Don’t expect Zimmerman to slow down once the summer ends, however. While things may cool down on the court, that’s when his recruitment will really begin to heat up. “I don’t know when or where, but my parents said sometime around September to October I’ll take official visits,” Zimmerman said. (Zag's Blog)
Roy Williams on the recruiting trail at LeBron James Skills AcademyRoy Williams was on the recruiting trail in Las Vegas, Nevada at the LeBron James Skills Academy on Wednesday night watching 2015 center Henry Ellenson and 2015 power forward Ivan Rabb. Both recruits hold scholarship offers from UNC.
The Skills Academy runs from July 9th-12th and features several other UNC recruiting targets such as 2015 SG Kenny Williams, 2015 C Stephen Zimmerman, 2015 C Caleb Swanigan, 2015 SG Antonio Blakeney, and 2016 SF Jayson Tatum, among others. Complete rosters and game schedules can be found on the LeBron James Skills Academy's official web site.
For more information on UNC's recruiting targets, view the 2015 recruiting board, 2016 recruiting board, and the Roy Williams Recruiting Tracker.
Storylines: July Evaluation PeriodJuly is one of the most important months of the recruiting calendar. College coaches can evaluate potential recruits for three five day periods beginning on Wednesday. What are the biggest stories in the recruiting world heading into the evaluation period? Harry Giles should be closer to full strength this July. Giles, who had surgery on his ACL, MCL and Meniscus, played in seven games on the Nike EYBL Circuit in the spring and then shut things down in June in preparation for July. (Scout.com)
Stephen Zimmerman talks recruiting, FIBA U18sDraftExpress.com caught up with 2015 5-star center Stephen Zimmerman at the FIBA U18 Americas Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo. Zimmerman, who has interest in Arizona, Indiana. Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina, UCLA and UNLV is the No. 7 player in the 247 Sports Composite. "My ultimate goal is to go to the NBA, so whatever school can really help me go there..." Asked if he saw himself as a one-and-done, Zimmerman said, "You can never assume that, but that's the plan." (247 Sports)
Scout.com Updated 2016 Top 75 Basketball RecruitsWith the July evaluation period rapidly approaching, Scout.com's team of basketball recruiting experts extended the 2016 rankings to 75. Jayson Tatum leads the way at No. 1, but Josh Jackson, Harry Giles and Thon Maker are on his heels. A 6-foot-8 wing out of St. Louis (Mo.) Chaminade, Tatum jumped from No. 2 up to the top spot with a solid, but impressive spring playing with the St. Louis Eagles on the Nike EYBL circuit. (Scout.com)
Video: Luke Maye NBPA Top 100 Camp HighlightsHighlights from 2015 3-star small forward Luke Maye at the 2014 NBPA Top 100 Camp. Maye is currently on UNC's recruiting radar although he has yet to receive an offer from the Tar Heels.
Updated Rivals 2016 Basketball Recruiting RankingsComing out of the high school season, Josh Jackson, Harry Giles, Thon Maker and Jayson Tatum stood out from the rest of the crowd in the class of 2016. As the July evaluation period nears, those four still stand above the rest as Rivals expands the rankings in the rising junior class from a top 60 to a top 100. (Rivals.com)
Could Luke Maye get a UNC offer?UNC remains commit-less for the 2015 recruiting class. North Carolina's main big men targets all hail from locales west of the Mississippi. Ivan Rabb (California), Diamond Stone (Wisconsin), Stephen Zimmerman (California) and Henry Ellenson (Wisconsin). The Tar Heels best shot of these four is with Ivan Rabb, who visited UNC this spring. If UNC misses on its currently offered big men, the attention will turn to other prospects. One 2015 recruit to pay attention to is 6-foot-7, 225-pound power forward Luke Maye out of Hough High School in Cornelius, NC. (Carolina Blue)
National Basketball Recruiting Notebook: Head of the class?It was pretty obvious that Duke or Kentucky would end up with the best recruiting class in the country last year. However, this year things are wide open. Arizona could be firmly in the mix as they are presumed leader for top five prospect Ivan Rabb along with current commitment Justin Simon. Then the Wildcats are also in the lead group with Ray Smith as well as Allonzo Trier. Kentucky, UCLA, Duke, and North Carolina can never ever be counted out and are in the mix with elite kids as well, (Scout.com)
Updated Rivals 2015 Basketball Recruiting RankingsJuly is arguably the most important month for high school basketball prospects. During the heat of the summer, scholarships are earned and lost on gym floors all across the country as college coaches spend most of the month watching recruits at live recruiting events. (Rivals.com)
|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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