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Video: Brandon Ingram highlights from Adidas Gauntlet

2015 UNC recruit and Stackhouse Elite guard Brandon Ingram scores a game high 24 points against Indiana Elite at the Adidas Gauntlet in Indianapolis. View Video...

Roy Williams offers 2015 center Henry Ellenson

Roy Williams extended a scholarship offer to 2015 center Henry Ellenson on Thursday night, according to his mother, Holly, via her Twitter account.

Holly Ellenson @HollyJElle
Coach Roy Williams of North Carolina offered Henry a scholarship tonight

Ellenson, a 4-star recruit from Rice Lake, Wisconsin with a sizable 6'10" 230-pound frame, becomes the seventh member of UNC's 2015 basketball recruiting class to receive an offer from the Tar Heels. He also holds offers from numerous schools, including in-state front-runner Wisconsin, Iowa, Duke, Creighton, and Michigan State, among others.

Ellenson possesses a versatile skill set for a player of his size. Besides his obvious post presence, he also has excellent range and touch on his shot and runs the floor extremely well. Here are a few highlights:

Brandon Ingram planning to trim list

2015 small forward Brandon Ingram told CarolinaBlue he plans to narrow down his list of schools at "the end of June." The 6-foot-7, 170-pound Kinston, North Carolina native said he will leave 5-6 schools on his list but has no idea on the timeline for his ultimate decision. It is pretty clear to insiders that both UNC and Duke will be on Ingram's list. Ingram's Crystal Ball is currently 56% North Carolina and 40% Duke. (Carolina Blue)

Ivan Rabb Visits Carolina, Duke, Georgetown; More Trips Planned

Prior to visiting Duke, Ivan Rabb spent nearly five hours at North Carolina Monday and met with former Oakland Tech star Quentin Thomas, a 6-3 guard who played at Carolina. “Went to some classes, spent a lot of time with the coaching staff,” Richie said. “Quentin Thomas came up and spent time with us. I used to train Quentin and Quentin is still around the area and is very involved. His younger sister is best friends with Ivan so it was good to see a familiar face.” (Zag's Blog)

De Pere guard Brevin Pritzl's college stock rising

Although shooting guard Brevin Pritzl’s recruiting stock lit up this month when he poured in 37 points in the second half of a double-overtime AAU basketball game, he’s remained grounded while being courted by Division I programs. In addition to the 14 schools that have offered a scholarship, Pritzl has been contacted by the likes of Stanford and North Carolina following his scoring outburst this month playing on the AAU circuit for the Wisconsin Playground Warriors. (Green Bay Press Gazette)

Ivan Rabb enjoys UNC visit

Ivan Rabb visited UNC on Monday and while in the triangle area he stopped by Durham to talk with Duke's coaches. Rabb is visiting Georgetown today. Rabb and his family has a strong relationship with UNC head coach Roy Williams. "He (Williams) made me feel comfortable," Rabb said. "He showed me all the different things I can do on the court if I'm in their system." The five-star power forward also mentioned attending Late Night with Roy and might be joined by fellow five-star big man Diamond Stone for a combined official visit to Chapel Hill. (Carolina Blue)

Dennis Smith, Jr. is the next great guard out of North Carolina

Dennis Smith, Jr. has recently made waves on the national recruiting scene thanks to his tremendous play in the adidas Gauntlet. The 6-foot-2 Smith is regarded by Rivals.com as the No. 16 overall prospect in the 2016 national rankings. Smith told NBCSports.com that he’s picked up scholarship offers from Charlotte, Kansas, N.C. State, VCU and Wake Forest with recent interest this spring from Arizona, Duke, Louisville, Michigan and North Carolina. (NBC Sports)

Ivan Rabb Talks Recruiting

Ivan Rabb is from California and since his team was in Virginia this weekend, he decided to take some unofficial visits this week. Monday Rabb took an unofficial to UNC, and Tuesday he will be visiting Georgetown. Rabb talked recently about what he is looking for in a school both basketball-wise and academically. The Hoyas and Tar Heels are recruiting Rabb the hardest and getting him on campus early is a good sign for both schools. (Big East Coast Bias)

Harry Giles returns from knee injury

Harry Giles made his much-anticipated return from a serious knee injury over the weekend at the Nike EYBL event in Virginia. Giles, considered the No. 1 prospect in the class of 2016, suffered a torn ACL, MCL and meniscus last June while playing for Team USA. He played his first game in 11 months on Saturday, going for eight points and 10 rebounds in just 15 minutes on the court for the CP3 All-Stars. (Next Cats)

Ivan Rabb downplays talk of package deal with Stephen Zimmerman

In an interview with 247Sports, five-star power forward Ivan Rabb downplayed the idea that he will be playing college basketball with fellow five-star, AAU teammate Stephen Zimmerman. "We've talking about it a few times, but we're not exactly sure if we are going to do it or not," Rabb said. "Right now I'm not sure if its going to happen at all. But we enjoy playing with each other. We're like brothers. I love playing with him." (Carolina Blue)

Nike EYBL Hampton Day 1 Recap

Day 1 of the Nike EYBL in Hampton, Va., took place Saturday, bringing together some of the nation’s best prep basketball players for another stop on the circuit’s high-profile tour around the country. News from around the EYBL from Day 1: Malik Newman is the nation’s No. 1 player, according to Rivals.com. He played like it in his team’s second game of the day, dropping 33 points for the Jackson Tigers in a win over Northwest XPress. (CSN Baltimore)

Jayson Tatum still wide open in recruitment

Listed at 6-foot-8, St. Louis Elite star Jayson Tatum says he will continue to grow, and play anywhere between the two and the four in college. As for the recruitment process, all of the major blue-blood programs have been after Tatum. “Most recent schools I have heard from are Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, St. Louis,” Tatum said. There was no mention of a specific list as Tatum is still listening to any and all suitors. (Zag's Blog)

Diamond Stone, Malik Newman Talking Package Deal

Diamond Stone reiterated to Evan Daniels of Scout.com on Saturday that he and Malik Newman – two of the top prospects in the Class of 2015 — are talking about a potential package deal. The 6-foot-3 Newman actually mentioned packaging with the 6-10 Stone back in March to Chris Thomas of The Clarion-Ledger. Thomas pointed out that “Newman and Stone played together last summer on USA Basketball’s U16 National Team.” (Zag's Blog)

Stephen Zimmerman Talks Carolina, Will Trim List Again

Playing in Richmond, VA this weekend, Stephen Zimmerman is just a few hours from one of his top eight schools in North Carolina, and talked about the recruitment from head coach Roy Williams. “Roy is real old-school, he talks instead of texting,” Zimmerman said. “They talk to me a lot, they really like me a lot. He just has a message that I can be a big part of their program.” When asked about when he will cut his list next, he said for now he is just taking it easy. (Zag's Blog)

EYBL Hampton Preview

The third leg of the EYBL tips off this weekend in Hampton, Va.. Held at the Boo Williams Sportsplex, Nike's assortment of elite teams will continue their ongoing battle to earn a trip to July's EYBL Finals in South Carolina. Will this be the weekend that No. 1 rising junior Harry Giles suits up for the first time in nearly a year after undergoing knee surgery? Top Players: Ivan Rabb, Stephen Zimmerman, Allonzo Trier, Henry Ellenson, Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles, Antonio Blakeney, Edrice Adebayo, and many more. (Scout.com)

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

Monday, 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, FL

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Visiting 2016 PF Harry Giles at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, VA

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Visiting with 2016 5-star shooting guard Rawle Alkins at Word of God Academy in Raleigh, NC

Thursday, September 10, 2015
Visiting 2016 PF Harry Giles at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, VA

More Recruiting Visits

Top UNC Basketball Recruits
Edrice Adebayo2016 PF
Rawle Alkins2016 SG
Jarrett Allen2016 PF
Harry Giles2016 PF
Dewan Huell2016 PF
Malik Monk2016 SG
Seventh Woods2016 PG
Wendell Carter2017 PF
Jalek Felton2017 SG
Tony Bradley2016 C

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