Harry Giles Blog: Recruiting, visits, and package deals2016 PF Harry Giles: "They've cleared me to play and work out hard, so we're all good there, but I'm going hard trying to get my knee stronger and getting my wind up. I don't really have a date that I am looking at coming back. It's really about how I feel. I'm just taking it day-by-day going hard in my workouts. In the last month Coach (Roy) Williams, Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski), Coach (John) Calipari and Coach (Danny) Manning have all been to my workouts at my school." (USA Today)
Crystal Ball Predictions for UNC basketball recruitsUNC is pursuing a number of big men in the 2015 class. Ivan Rabb, Diamond Stone, Stephen Zimmerman, Thomas Bryant, and Henry Ellenson are all on UNC's radar. Rabb and Zimmerman are west coast guys being pursued heavily by PAC-10 programs. Stone and Ellenson are Midwest prospects with big program and BIG-10 interest. In the 2016 class, I have made three Crystal Ball predictions for UNC. At this point I think Edrice Adebayo ("Bam Bam"), Seventh Woods, and Harry Giles will commit to North Carolina. (Carolina Blue)
College basketball's top 10 freshmen for 2014-157. Justin Jackson, North Carolina, F The Tar Heels rescued their 2013-14 season thanks to defense, but an offensive infusion would be welcome in Chapel Hill. Enter the 6-7, 180-pound Jackson, who by all accounts has a nicely well-rounded game on that end while also being able to hold his own defensively. (Sports Illustrated)
Blog: Jayson Tatum talks EYBL, music, and moreJayson Tatum: "We started the EYBL a couple of weeks ago and that was a pretty good weekend in Sacramento; even though we came away from the first session 0-4. I say that because we really learned what we need to work on as a team. I definitely noticed the coaches on the sidelines during my games. I saw Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, St. Louis, Syracuse, Michigan State, Michigan, Illinois, UConn and a couple of other schools too." (USA Today)
SG Brevin Pritzl Becoming a Hot ProspectBrevin Pritzl's recent scoring explosions and shooting clinics have college programs coming out of the woodwork to recruit him. He was once thought to be a mid-major recruit with offers from Wisconsin-Green Bay, Toledo, Lehigh, Bucknell, Davidson and Northern Illinois among others. But now he's adding heavy interest and offers each day from schools like Creighton and Xavier, who have both offered as well as Texas, Michigan, Stanford, Marquette, North Carolina, Virginia, Syracuse and NC State. (Tar Heel Illustrated)
UNC among schools recruiting Antonio Blakeney the hardestThere wasn't a more dynamic performer at the Tournament of Champions than shooting guard Antonio Blakeney, who is now ranked No. 9 by 247Sports in the 2015 class. A wiry, prototypical backcourt scorer, Blakeney has an impressive athletic, hard edge to his game. The 6-4, 185-pounder from Orlando (Fla.) Oak Ridge High School told 247Sports that Florida, Louisville, LSU, Memphis, Kansas, North Carolina, Providence, Florida State and USC are recruiting him the hardest. (Carolina Blue)
Theo Pinson Among Top Incoming Small Forwards to WatchTheo Pinson, North Carolina: Maybe he’ll end up playing more of a true wing role, but the 6-6 small forward is the type of explosive athlete that Roy Williams will need to compete in a conference that will add Louisville next season. Pinson, the No. 10 recruit in the 2014 recruiting class per RecruitingNation, is a fearless youngster who could crack the Tar Heels’ starting rotation early. (ESPN.com)
Q&A with Stephen ZimmermanThe recruiting process really picks up for most high school basketball players during the spring and summer before their senior year. For Stephen Zimmerman, this probably feels like business as usual. The Bishop Gorman junior has been on national recruiting radars for several years, with his long frame and nimble feet enticing pretty much every program in the country. Zimmerman spoke with the Sun to discuss narrowing down his choices, playing for the Oakland Soldiers and getting to the NBA: (Las Vegas Sun)
Seventh Woods keeps game sharp on AAU circuitSeventh Woods' school Hammond fell short in the playoffs this season, and Woods is using the AAU circuit to continue to grow his game. "There's so much more competition in AAU and we get to travel around the world to play," Woods said. Top Division 1 programs have been courting him since he stepped foot on Hammond's campus. South Carolina and Clemson have already offered the 6-1 170 pounder as well as North Carolina and Wichita State. (WACH.com)
Ivan Rabb to Cut List After SummerIvan Rabb is the No. 1 player in the Class of 2015 according to ESPN.com and a potential NBA lottery pick in 2016. At this point, the 6-foot-10, 210-pound post player from Oakland Bishop O’Dowd is being recruited by a Who’s Who of elite colleges and plans to trim his list later this summer. “The schools that he has recruiting him are University of California-Berkeley, UCLA, USC, Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, Georgetown and North Carolina,” Bishop O’Dowd coach Lou Richie told SNY.tv Tuesday. (Zag's Blog)
Stephen Zimmerman, P.J. Dozier Invited to USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team Training CampA total of 12 athletes with prior USA Basketball experience, including three gold medalists, headline the list of 21 of the nation’s top 18-and-unders who accepted invitations to participate in the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team training camp, USA Basketball today announced. UNC recruits scheduled to attend the USA training camp are Stephen Zimmerman (Bishop Gorman H.S. / Las Vegas, Nev.) and P.J. Dozier (Spring Valley H.S. / Columbia, S.C.). (USA Basketball)
UNC inquires about 2015 SG Brevin PritzlIndiana and North Carolina are the latest schools to show interest in 2015 shooting guard Brevin Pritzl according to Mark Miller. Pritzl has had a strong spring showing and is the No. 90 ranked prospect by 247Sports and the No. 177 ranked prospect in the 247Sports Composite. (Carolina Blue)
Ivan Rabb looking to keep his spot near the top of 2015Last season, it was Jahlil Okafor and Cliff Alexander who teamed up on the AAU circuit to form a dominant inside duo. This time around, it's Ivan Rabb and Stephen Zimmerman who are playing together. Although both players are ranked among the top 10 juniors nationally, there have been some growing pains. In terms of recruiting, Rabb has pretty much every big school in the country showing interest. North Carolina, Georgetown, Arizona and California are coming at him the hardest. (CBS Sports)
Edrice Adebayo Claims UNC Offer2016 5-star power forward Edrice Adebayo (aka "Bam Bam") from Pinetown, NC (Northside HS) received a scholarship offer from Roy Williams on Thursday, according to Adebayo's Twitter account.
If the offer is confirmed, Adebayo becomes the second power forward in UNC's 2016 basketball recruiting class to receive an offer, joining Scout.com's No. 1 overall prospect Harry Giles. Here's a short video of the two going head-to-head at Dave Telep's Carolina Challenge last Summer (Adebayo in blue, Giles in white).
Adebayo is still considered to be a little raw offensively, but he possesses a nice shooting touch and compensates for his unpolished offense with outstanding length, athleticism, and defense. Adebayo also runs the floor well, which fits in nicely with Roy Williams' up-tempo system.
Scout.com rates Adebayo as the No. 16 overall prospect in the 2016 class and the No. 4 power forward. He also holds offers from NC State, Cincinnati, and Virginia Tech but appears to be very high on the Tar Heels at this point.
Nation's powerhouses target elite soph Jayson TatumJayson Tatum, a 6-foot-8 small forward from Chaminade Prep (Mo.), is one of the best players in the sophomore class. Tatum has plenty of suitors, with Wake Forest, Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Michigan State, Kansas and Saint Louis in heavy pursuit recently. Duke and Illinois recently went to Missouri to watch Tatum, and big-name coaches from around the country kept an eye on Tatum while in Sacramento. Along with Duke and Kentucky, Tatum said North Carolina is also coming at him the hardest. (CBS Sports)
|Tracking Roy Williams on the Recruiting TrailMonday, 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, VATuesday, September 15, 2015
Visiting with 2016 5-star shooting guard Rawle Alkins at Word of God Academy in Raleigh, NCThursday, September 10, 2015
Visiting 2016 PF Harry Giles at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, VA
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