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Complete coverage of North Carolina Basketball Recruiting.

Q&A with Jaylen Brown

Jaylen Brown earned the nation's No. 1 ranking, led Wheeler (Ga.) to a state championship and has now begun McDonald's All-American Game this week. After several months of silence about his recruitment, he spoke in-depth on Monday: "Coach Roy (Williams), he’s a great guy, humble guy. He has a very smooth personality and is down to earth. His program has a lot of tradition and a lot of good players have come through their program." (Inside Carolina)

Clint's Notebook: Jalek Felton

Jalek Felton just has it. And by it - we mean he's a natural. The game comes easy for him. He's blessed with incredible ability and is destined for stardom at UNC. The worst part about Felton is that UNC fans have to wait another two years to see him. One topic that not many scouts agree on is where Felton will play when he gets to North Carolina. He has speed, vision and a handle and good size to be an athletic point guard. But then there's his natural scoring ability. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

McDonald's All American Jaylen Brown arrested on minor traffic charges

Jaylen Brown, a McDonald’s All-American forward from Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.), was arrested and charged on Wednesday with two misdemeanor traffic violations then released on a $1,300 bond. Brown, who averaged 28 points and 12 rebounds a game this season while leading Wheeler to the state AAAAAA championship, was charged with a stop sign violation and for driving on a suspended license. Wheeler coach Doug Lipscomb said that Brown would still play at the McDonald’s All American Game next Wednesday (USA Today)

Luke Maye leads the way

He’s a top 100 national basketball recruit, a two-time conference Player of the Year and a North Carolina recruit who has helped put the Huskies on the short list of the state’s top teams. This year, Maye had a Luke Maye type of season. He led the team in nearly every category, averaging 20.7 points, 14.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. He’s as comfortable leading the fast break as he is backing his man down under the basket or hoisting 3-pointers that would make some of the NBA’s top sharpshooters envious. (Huntersville Herald)

Dennis Smith Jr. Blog: No. 1 PG blogs about recent visits to UNC, Duke and N.C. State

Dennis Smith, Jr.: "I’m excited to tell you that I ended up winning Gatorade Player of the Year for North Carolina and that was really big for me because of all the great talent we’ve got here in the state like my boys Harry Giles, Brandon Ingram, Edrice Adebayo and a lot more players. I’ve been out to a few games lately — Carolina, Duke and N.C. State. It’s always cool going to those schools and seeing how everything is on game day. Right now I’d say I talk to Duke, Louisville and UNC the most." (USA Today)

No. 1 Jaylen Brown visits Michigan, California

The nation's top player, Jaylen Brown, a 6-foot-7 wing out of Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler, took his scheduled fifth and final official visit to Michigan this past Thursday and Friday. Brown then returned home for a day, before taking an unofficial visit to California on Sunday and Monday. California hasn't been on Brown's list, but have apparently been actively recruiting him. Brown has also taken official visits to Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina and UCLA. (Scout.com)

Jalek Felton lives up to expectations, then some

Jalek Felton averaged 28.7 points, 6.5 assists and 2.4 steals per game this season, which included a highlight reel full of dunks and memories. He eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau this season, earned all-state honors and also committed to play at North Carolina during the Beach Ball Classic in December. A few days before committing, Felton had the best scoring game of his career, dropping in 51 points in an 83-74 win over Myrtle Beach at the Beach Ball Classic. It was second most points scored in a game in tournament history. (SC Now)

Video: Dennis Smith, Jr. Junior Year Mixtape

Dennis Smith Jr is considered the top point guard in the junior class and, at only 17 years old, it’s easy to see why. Dennis plays for Trinity Christian School based out of Fayetteville, NC and helped lead his team to a NCISAA State Semi-Final. Watch as Smith deals with double & triple teams. (Ball Is Life)

North Carolina Boys Basketball Player of the Year: Dennis Smith Jr.

He averaged 21.8 points per game this past season, leading the Crusaders (23-10) to the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association’s Class 1A state semifinals. Competing for Team United in Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League this past summer, Smith averaged 12.0 points, 5.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per contest. (USA Today)

Harry Giles Blog: Falling at states, Duke-UNC games, & more

Harry Giles: "I went to Duke when they played Carolina and I went to Carolina when they played Duke and both games were craaaazy! Their fans are really different to me. I think Duke has more of the student, wild and crazy crowd. They’ve got more students than regular fans and Carolina has more regular fans than students. They get pretty crazy too, though. That whole environment is just on another level. I swear when I’m at those games I want to jump out of my seat and check in to the game." (USA Today)

Brandon Ingram leads Kinston to 4th straight state title

Brandon Ingram had 28 points and 10 rebounds to lead Kinston past East Lincoln 60-43 in the Class 2-A North Carolina High School Athletics Association men's championship game Saturday. Ingram was the game's most valuable player and was 10 for 22 while helping the Vikings (26-4) win their fourth state championship. Darnell Dunn added 12 points for Kinston, which shot 42 percent and held the Mustangs to 30 percent shooting to earn its 11th state championship. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Jayson Tatum Blog: Duke visit, vying for a state title, and more

I took an official visit to Duke recently and I can honestly say that it exceeded my expectations. I went in there wondering how crazy it was gonna be because of everything I heard about their fans and things like that and it was better than people said. I got a good feel for the campus and the school. I checked out a few classes and went to practices and the game too. I would definitely give the visit a 10 out of 10. I don’t have another visit scheduled as of right now; I’m gonna focus on winning this title and go from there. (USA Today)

Brandon Ingram’s attention on 4th title, then decision

Throughout this basketball season, games at Kinston High were must-see events in the eastern North Carolina town of about 22,000 residents. Kinston, about 90 miles east of Raleigh, has one of the nation’s best high school players in 6-foot-9 senior Brandon Ingram, ESPN’s No. 2-ranked small forward prospect and the No. 12 player overall. (Charlotte Observer)

UNC Insider - Recruiting and ACC Tournament Edition

The home game against Duke served as a major recruiting day for the Tar Heels. Class of 2016 power forward Tony Bradley took an official visit to UNC. North Carolina also hosted 2016 studs Harry Giles, Dennis Smith, and Seventh Woods. In addition UNC targets, V.J. King (2016), Brandon Robinson (2016), and Matt Coleman (2017) were in attendance, along with Tar Heel commits Luke Maye (2015) and Jalek Felton (2017). Brandon Ingram and Jaylen Brown remain the two 2015 targets still out there for UNC. (Carolina Blue)

Video: Maverick Rowan Highlights

Highlights of 2016 4-star shooting guard Maverick Rowan from Cardinal Gibbons high school in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Rowan recently received a scholarship offer from North Carolina to go along with earlier offers from Louisville, Florida, and NC State among others. View Video...

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

Monday, June 20, 2016
Hosting 2018 3 star shooting guard Coby White on an unofficial visit to Chapel Hill, NC

Monday, June 13, 2016
Hosting 2017 3 star shooting guard Andrew Platek on an unofficial visit to Chapel Hill.

Sunday, April 24, 2016
Watching 2019 F Matthew Hurt, 2017 PG Nick Weatherspoon, 2018 UNC PG commit Rechon Black, 2018 SF Jairus Hamilton, 2018 SG Zion Williamson at the adidas Uprising event in Atlanta, GA

4/22/2016 - 4/23/2016
Watching 2017 UNC PG commit Jalek Felton, 2017 PG Trevon Duval, 2018 PG Devon Dotson, 2018 SF Cameron Reddish, 2017 C Mohamed Bamba, 2017 PF P.J. Washington, 2017 SG Brandon Randolph, 2017 SF Kevin Knox, 2017 SG Lonnie Walker in Indianapolis, IN

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Visiting previously offered 2017 5 star center Jeremiah Tilmon in La Porte, Indiana

More Recruiting Visits

Top UNC Basketball Recruits
RecruitClassRating
Tony Bradley2016 C
Mohamed Bamba2017 PF
Wendell Carter2017 PF
Jalek Felton2017 CG
Kevin Knox2017 SF
Jeremiah Tilmon2017 PF
Brandon Robinson2016 SG
Seventh Woods2016 CG
Brandon Randolph2017 SG
P.J. Washington2017 PF

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