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Off-Court Changes Lead To Big Improvements For Henry Ellenson

A summer ago, Henry Ellenson (Rice Lake H.S./Rice Lake, Wisconsin) made the roster cut as a finalist for the 2013 USA Basketball U16 National Team, but his hopes for a gold medal were suddenly gone when he found out that he didn’t make the U16 squad. The tough reality check of being so close to the dream and yet not there at all, prompted Ellenson to make some changes to get better, faster and stronger. After losing 30 pounds over the course of a year, Ellenson is back at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. (USA Basketball)

Antonio Blakeney cuts list to 7, eliminates UNC

Antonio Blakeney tells Scout.com that he is down to seven schools. The five-star prospect out of Orlando (Fla.) Oak Ridge cut his list to Florida State, Louisville, Missouri, Kentucky, Oregon, LSU and USC. "Now I can really focus on those schools as they focus on me," Blakeney said. Blakeney, one of the best scorers in the 2015 class, said his plan is to set up visits following adidas Nations, which is this coming weekend. (Scout.com)

Las Vegas AAU recap: Eight thoughts from the third evaluation period

Skal Labissiere might be the best long-term prospect in 2015: A couple years ago, the Haitian post player was one of the more intriguing prospects in the class of 2015. His stock dipped a little bit, though, and he was right around the top-20 heading into July according to the 247Sports Composite. That's all changed now. Labissiere was fantastic this month, showing off an advanced offensive game that we haven't seen consistently from him in the past. (CBS Sports)

Despite bad knee injury, nobody losing interest in Harry Giles

On another continent playing the game he loved, Harry Giles experienced something that no 15-year-old should. The elite basketball prospect was in Uruguay with the Team USA under-16 squad competing for a FIBA Americas championship last summer when he went down in a heap. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

Stephen Zimmerman Sets Five Official Visits

Stephen Zimmerman – a 7-foot- 2015 big out of Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High – has finalized his five official visit schools and dates. Recently, Zimmerman reported he would officially visit Kansas the weekend of ‘Late Night at the Phog,’ scheduled on Oct. 10, and Kentucky the following weekend for ‘Big Blue Madness.” UNC will be the first official on the weekend of Oct. 3, UCLA on Oct. 24 and he will finish the whirlwind tour with Arizona on the weekend of Nov. 7. (Zag's Blog)

P.J. Dozier’s growth shows on and off the court

Now a solid 6-foot-6, point guard P.J. Dozier is rated 29th in the ESPN 100 and spending this weekend at the Fab 48 tournament in Las Vegas with his AAU team, the Upward Stars. In what seems like an instant, P.J. Dozier’s childhood dreams drew within reach. A month before the start of his senior season at Spring Valley, Dozier has his pick of major college basketball programs. His scholarship offers include Indiana, Kansas, Clemson, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, N.C. State and Ohio State. (The State)

Seventh Woods: Don’t Miss the Forest For the Trees

Whether he’s the next anyone or just the first Seventh Woods, the YouTube-generated fame he achieved led TV shows such as Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Ellen Degeneres Show to reach out in hopes of getting the latest internet sensation on their set. But Seventh graciously declined, passing on an opportunity that most kids his age would jump at in a heartbeat, because of a mixture of humility and shyness that has led to him wanting to keep a low profile. (SLAM Online)

Stephen Zimmerman's recruitment in full swing

Steve Alford walked in. Then Roy Williams and an assistant coach entered. Georgetown sent an assistant, while John Thompson III arrived shortly after. Arizona assistant Damon Stoudamire was there. Ole Miss had an assistant in position well before tip-off. And of course, John Calipari and Josh Pastner were also in attendance, sitting next to each other. Why all the fuss? It was the marquee individual matchup of Thursday afternoon: Stephen Zimmerman vs. Skal Labissiere. (CBS Sports)

All eyes on Antonio Blakeney at AAU Super Showcase

Just about everyone wanted to see Antonio Blakeney on Thursday. The five-star shooting guard from Orlando, Fla., is in Louisville this week with this Each1Teach1 club for the 11th-grade AAU Super Showcase, and he might be the most closely watched man in all of the events taking place. Blakeney is considering more teams than just the Cats and Cards. He also listed Florida, Florida State, Kansas, North Carolina, Missouri, LSU, Oregon and Memphis. He's scheduled no official visits and plans to cut his list after his finishes with summer basketball. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Skal Labissiere Considering Playing Overseas

When I first wrote about Skal Labissiere, a little more than two years ago, he was a 6-foot-9, 16-year-old still adjusting to life and basketball in the United States after moving here following an earthquake that devastated Haiti. Now, he's a 6-foot-11, 18-year-old at the center of a recruiting battle involving Georgetown, Kentucky, Memphis, North Carolina and Ole Miss. And on Thursday, he became the first Class of 2015 prospect to publicly acknowledge that he's interested in maybe skipping college altogether and playing a year overseas. (CBS Sports)

Edrice “Bam” Adebayo: Showing That Killer Instinct

Built like a full grown man, Edrice Adebayo has shown over the past two weeks that he belongs in that group of top players in the class of 2016. Listed at 6-foot-9, 220 pounds, Adebayo is a monster on the glass, with post moves that have come a long way in the past couple months. He says that Kevin Garnett is a player he models his game after. Ranked No. 11 in the class of 2016 by 247 Sports, Adebayo has offers from UNC, NC State, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, Kansas, Wake Forest, Iowa State, East Carolina and Memphis. (Zag's Blog)

Video: Harry Giles is Back - 2014 Peach Jam Mixtape

Harry Giles seems to have recovered nicely from knee surgery as he puts on a show at last weekend's Nike Peach Jam. View Video...

UNC reaches out to recent SMU decommit Matt McQuaid

The SMU Mustangs also suffered a hit to their 2015 recruiting class, when shooting guard Matt McQuaid decided to decommit and reopen his recruitment. "I feel like I just needed to take a step back and compare my options a little better and look at different schools," McQuaid said Wednesday. SMU will remain on McQuaid's list, but several other schools have already reached out. UNC, Virginia, Indiana, Texas, Baylor, LSU, Creighton and others are all showing interest. (CBS Sports)

Antonio Blakeney makes the jump to elite status

Antonio Blakeney has been a star in the state of Florida for a couple of years now, having averaged 24.8 points as a sophomore that earned first-team all-state honors. Blakeney found himself slowly creeping up the rankings throughout his junior season, but it wasn’t until May that he went from being another really good basketball player to the kind of prospect that everyone needs to pay attention. And it was one moment, captured on video, that made the statement for him. (NBC Sports)

Jalek Felton Drawing Serious Recruiting Interest

2017 combo guard Jalek Felton (Mullins, S.C./Mullins) has been drawing some more interest of late, reports Justin Byerly. N.C. State, North Carolina, Florida, Wake Forest, Virginia, Wichita State and Michigan are the latest teams to reach out. Felton does not have any offers yet, but has six Crystal Ball predictions pointing to North Carolina. (Carolina Blue)

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

Friday, January 29, 2016
Watching 2018 3-star small forward Jairus Hamilton play against 2018 PG Devon Dotson at Cannon School in Concord, NC.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Watching 2017 PF Wendell Carter play against Pace Academy in Atlanta, GA

Saturday, January 23, 2016
Visiting 2017 5-star small forward Kevin Knox at Tampa Catholic High School in Tampa, FL

Sunday, January 17, 2016
Watching 2016 4-star center Udoka Azubuike at the Hoop Hall Classic in Springfield, MA

Saturday, January 16, 2016
Watching 2016 UNC commits Tony Bradley and Brandon Robinson at the Wally Keller Invitational in Punta Gorda, FL.

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Rawle Alkins2016 SG
Jarrett Allen2016 PF
Mohamed Bamba2017 C
Wendell Carter2017 C
Jalek Felton2017 SG
Kevin Knox2017 SF
Jeremiah Tilmon2017 C
Tony Bradley2016 C
Brandon Robinson2016 SG
Seventh Woods2016 PG

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