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)
Seventh Woods sidelined by wrist injuryAfter playing through the spring with a broken wrist, national five-star point guard Seventh Woods will sit out much of the summer AAU season to heal. According to Major Williamson, coach of the Carolina Wolves AAU team, Woods will be out for six weeks. The 6-foot, 175-pound guard broke his wrist in April, “but he was playing well despite that,” Williamson said. Woods, a rising junior at Hammond and a top prospect in the 2016 recruiting class, was averaging 14.6 points and 3.2 rebounds for the Wolves despite his injury. (The State)
NBPA Top 100 Camp Notes: Ingram, Smith, Tucker, Blakeney, Ferguson, WhittBrandon Ingram, the No. 21-ranked player in 2015, has a slew of schools in pursuit, but it could end up being a Duke vs. North Carolina battle for the Kinston (N.C.) product. On North Carolina: "They make you a family. You go in as a freshman, and you know players from the 80s or the 90s. They just make you a family. Coach Roy is a great guy, a great person, he's not only teaching you basketball, he's teaching you how to be a man." (CBS Sports)
PJ Dozier impressing, after years of playing on torn ACLThe national spotlight is nothing new to P.J. Dozier. The high school basketball star from South Carolina hadn't even started middle school when he was being lauded as perhaps the best player in the class of 2015. Before he finished sixth grade, there was a profile of him in the New York Times and YouTube videos showcasing his exploits against much older prospects. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
5-Star PF Henry Ellenson Plans to Trim List in AugustOnce a hidden gem in the Midwest, 6-foot-10 power forward Henry Ellenson “blew up” and became the No. 17 player in the class of 2015, according to Rivals.com. He holds 19 offers, and most important, tried to list eight of the schools most involved in his recruitment. [He did not offer a top list.] “I’ve been hearing from a lot, and I feel bad every time I say the names. I keep messing up,” he said. “But Northwestern, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Marquette, Duke, Michigan, UNC and UCLA.” (Zag's Blog)
2015 SF Rayjon Tucker Visits UNCClass of 2015 small forward Rayjon Tucker paid an unofficial visit to UNC on Thursday. Tucker is rated a high 3-star recruit by most recruiting services with the expectation that his stock will rise quickly.
Tucker does not have an offer from Roy Williams at the moment, but he's on the radar in UNC's 2015 basketball recruiting class due to his elite athleticism. Tucker currently holds offers from several schools with VCU and Clemson currently among the schools recruiting him the hardest.
Here's a quick glimpse at Tucker's game and the type of athleticism he possesses in his junior season highlight video:
Rayjon Tucker excelling after giving up football for hoopsRayjon Tucker spent the spring making a name for himself in recruiting circles. The biggest reason why is his athleticism. A 6-foot-5 wing, Tucker has the kind of strength and explosiveness that allows him to finish above the rim, over defenders, through contact and...well, all of the above, which also has made Tucker a favorite of the mixtape cameramen. So would you believe that Tucker, a member of the Class of 2015, has only been playing basketball seriously for two years? (NBC Sports)
Video: Edrice Adebayo Summer HighlightsSummer highlights from 2016 5-star power forward Edrice Adebayo. Adebayo possesses a scholarship offer from the Tar Heels and is currently considering UNC among his top choices.
Video: Dennis Smith, Jr. NBPA Top 100 Camp HighlightsNew highlights from 2016 5-star point guard Dennis Smith, Jr. at last week's NBPA Top 100 Camp. Smith holds a scholarship offer from UNC, and the Tar Heels are among a hand full of contenders in his recruitment.
Video: Seventh Woods NBPA Top 100 Camp HighlightsNew highlights from 2016 5-star combo guard Seventh Woods at last week's NBPA Top 100 Camp. Woods holds a scholarship offer from UNC, and the Tar Heels are currently among the favorites in his recruitment.
A look at 2016 recruit Amir Coffey, part 2Amir Coffey played for Minneapolis Select, his father's team, for six years, all the while honing the passing and dribbling skills that have excited collegiate programs ranging from North Carolina to Kansas to Wisconsin -- which was the latest program to offer, earlier this week. For Amir, the training hasn't stopped, but it has changed as he's sprouted six inches in the last two seasons to his current 6-foot-7 height, his shoulder now exceeding that of his father's. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Dennis Smith, Jr. Talks UNC OfferDennis Smith Jr. visited UNC Tuesday and received an offer from Roy Williams. "I'm glad to have it," Smith told CarolinaBlue. "I've been waiting a long time for it. I feel like I deserved it." The 6-foot-3, 180-pound prospect out of Fayetteville (NC) is ranked as the No. 1 point guard in the 2016 class by 247Sports. Smith said that UNC head coach Roy Williams told him about coming in and playing for him right away. "He (Williams) said I'm a pure point guard. I get my teammates involved and I can score. I can push (the ball)." (Carolina Blue)
|Tracking Roy Williams on the Recruiting TrailMonday, November 02, 2015|
Watching 2016 combo guard Seventh Woods work out at Hammond School in Columbia, SCThursday, October 15, 2015
Watching 2016 combo guard Seventh Woods work out at Hammond School in Columbia, SCMonday, 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, VA
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