Markelle Fultz embraces being overlookedMarkelle Fultz is now fielding offers from more than 20 colleges, including Arizona, Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, and Louisville. And he has kept close tabs on his own rankings among the national class of 2016, which currently sits at 21st on ESPN.com and 23rd on Rivals.com. “On the court I try not to think about the rankings,” said Fultz. “But off the court, I look at it a lot, just trying to see my position and see what I have to do to get better. And to see who is in front of me.” (USA Today)
Rawle Alkins prepping for big decisionsRawle Alkins is in no rush to pick a college, understanding the decision has a long term impact on his future. “I just don’t want to hurry up and commit and get these colleges off my back,” Alkins said. “At the end of the day, it is the biggest decision of my life.” The choice hasn’t taken his focus away from basketball. Alkins, who recently picked up an offer from North Carolina, had all three St. John’s coaches watching him at the Adidas Uprising All-American Camp last week. (Brooklyn Daily)
Video: Harry Giles Peach Jam HighlightsHighlights of power forward Harry Giles at the recent Peach Jam event. Giles is one of the top targets in UNC's 2016 basketball recruiting class and has a top 5 list of schools consisting of Duke, UNC, Wake Forest, Kansas, and Kentucky.
Luke Maye has big game in East-West All-Star Game lossThe two Charlotte-area players in Monday’s East-West all-star game in Greensboro had huge games, but it was not enough as the East held on to the beat the West 122-115. North Meck’s C.J. Bryce, a UNC-Wilmington recruit, led the West with 22 points. Luke Maye of Hough, a UNC recruit, had 16 points and 15 rebounds. N.C. State recruit Shawn Kirk of Whiteville scored eight of the East’s final 14 points to get the win. (Charlotte Observer)
Harry Giles Announces Top FiveElite power forward Harry Giles has announced his top five schools on Twitter. This top five of Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina and Wake Forest comes as no surprise for Giles, 6-10, 210-pounds from High Point (N.C.) Wesleyan Christian High School. Duke, however is considered a heavy favorite by many, especially after the Duke commitment by Jayson Tatum. (Carolina Blue)
Second July Eval Period: Top PerformersThere is only one word to describe Tony Bradley, and that is “solid”. At the Nike Global Challenge Bradley was one of the most efficient and consistent big men in the event. He showed off his great hands, good touch around the rim, and even mixed in some mid-range jumpers. Also Bradley was one of the best rebounders at the event. Recruiting wise Bradley doesn’t like to talk too much, but Kansas, North Carolina, Florida, and Florida State were constantly at his games. (Scout.com)
Video: Miles Bridges throws down in-game windmill dunk off the backboardHere is one of the top players in the 2016 class, Miles Bridges, with the nasty windmill off the backboard dunk at the 2015 Nike Global Challenge.
Javin DeLaurier Looking to Cut List SoonJavin DeLaurier is looking to cut his list in late July or early August. “I’m open right now,” the 6-foot-9 power forward from Charlottesville (Va.) St. Anne’s-Belfield told SNY.tv this week. “I think after the last live period I’m going to sit down with my family and make some decisions. On North Carolina: “Their history, Michael Jordan, James Worthy went there, it was just crazy. They told me in 2016 they have a need for size who can do different things on the court.” (Zag's Blog)
Malik Monk Wins MVP at Nike Global ChallengeMalik Monk was named Tournament MVP Saturday after his USA South team beat USA West 120-109 to win the Nike Global Challenge. He finished with a 22-point, 13-rebound and four-assist effort in the final, while playing 39 of the game’s 40 minutes. The Bentonville, Ark. Native is entering his senior season this fall. Monk intends to cut his college list to five sometime in August. Arkansas, Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, Oregon and Florida State are in the mix. (Zag's Blog)
N.C. boasts strong crop of basketball talent in 2016 recruiting classThe N.C. high school boys’ basketball recruiting class of 2016 is especially strong. Three of the top eight recruits in the ESPN Top 100 are from the Tar Heel State. Harry Giles, a 6-foot-10 forward from Winston-Salem, is ranked No. 1 overall. Dennis Smith Jr., a 6-2 guard from Fayetteville, is ranked No. 4, the top point guard in his class. And Edrice “Bam” Adebayo, a 6-8 power forward from Pinetown, is ranked No. 8 overall. He’s the second-ranked player at his position behind Giles. (Charlotte Observer)
Nike Global Challenge: Tony BradleyNot too many players have the consistency of Tony Bradley. While the big man doesn’t do much that is flashy, Bradley always finds a way to make things happen, and in a pair of games on Thursday he was tremendous. In game one Bradley was a perfect 8-8 from the floor to finish with 17 points and 10 rebounds. He followed that up with 19 point, 12 rebound game. Roy Williams was in attendance for Bradley all day as was Leonard Hamilton and Avery Johnson. (Inside Carolina)
Seventh Woods keeps showing his game is more than just a mixtapeSeventh Woods says he still feels pressure from fans expecting to see gravity defied, the acrobatics, reverse dunks and two-handed put-backs from the 14-year-old kid in the mixtape. Woods already has offers from North Carolina, South Carolina, Clemson and Wichita State and says Florida and Georgetown have come after him hard. In reality, scoring probably isn’t even the best part of his game. (USA Today)
Video: Seventh Woods Highlights from Under Armour Finals In AtlantaRecent highlights from 2016 combo guard Seventh Woods (Hammond, SC) at the Under Armour Finals in Atlanta, Georgia. Woods holds a scholarship offer from UNC and is also seriously considering South Carolina along with the Tar Heels.
Jalek Felton talking to other schoolsFive-star guard junior-to-be guard Jalek Felton announced his verbal pledge to North Carolina on December 30th. But since then, the 6-foot-3 gifted combination has admitted that he’s still considering other college options. On Friday at the Under Armour Finals, Felton told Scout that he’s been communicating with other schools. “I’ve been hearing from Kentucky, South Carolina and Kansas a little bit. And North Carolina, of course.” (Scout.com)
Dennis Smith Cuts List to Six SchoolsDennis Smith Jr., a 6-foot-3 2016 point guard from Fayetteville (N.C.) Trinity Christian, has cut his list to Kentucky, North Carolina, Louisville, Duke, Wake Forest and N.C. State, he told ESPN.com. He recently added a Kentucky offer. Smith Jr. missed this week’s adidas Uprising All-American Camp on Long Island with an ankle injury. (Zag's Blog)
|Tracking Roy Williams on the Recruiting TrailMonday, October 17, 2016|
On an in home visit with 2017 5 star PF P.J. Washington in Henderson, NVWednesday, October 05, 2016
On an in-home visit with 2017 3 star power forward Sterling Manley (UNC offer) in Pickerington, OHTuesday, September 27, 2016
Watching 2018 5 star small forward Zion Williamson at Spartanburg Day School in Spartanburg, SC.Monday, September 26, 2016
Visiting 2017 3 star power forward Sterling Manly in Pickerington, OHSaturday, September 24, 2016
Hosting P.J. Washington (official visit), Coby White, David McCormack, Wendell Moore, and Christian Brown on visits to Chapel Hill.
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