Spring Recap: Five on the RiseHenry Ellenson competes for Wisconsin-based Playground Elite on the EYBL circuit and at times has outplayed established elites head to head such as Ivan Rabb and Stephen Zimmerman. He'll need to prove he can succeed in those scenarios now that he's going to be a marked man himself, but he appears up to the challenge. The power forward's game doesn't fit into the common categories. He isn't a low-post player yet also isn't a stretch. (Scout.com)
Freshman Orientation: Justin JacksonJustin Jackson could be putting his feet up right now. The incoming freshman graduated from high school three weeks ago and won’t get to Carolina until the third week of June, in time for the second summer session. High school has ended, and college hasn’t yet begun. It’s that rare time of no responsibilities. Or, it could be. But Jackson isn’t sitting back and resting up before the grind begins. “I’m in the weight room Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and then Tuesdays and Thursdays I’m on the court doing court work,” he says from his home in Tomball, Texas. (GoHeels.com)
EYBL top performer statisticsAfter this past weekend's Minneapolis tournament, the EYBL (Elite Youth Basketball League) slows down until the invite-only Peach Jam on July 16th-20th in Atlanta. The four events this spring were: Sacramento April 25th-27th, Dallas May 10th-11th, Hampton May 17th-18th, Minneapolis May 24th-27th. Among the top-performing UNC recruits to date are Malik Newman, Antonio Blakeney, Jayson Tatum, Henry Ellenson, and Caleb Swanigan. (Carolina Blue)
Video: Stephen Zimmerman EYBL HighlightsHighlights from 2015 5-star center Stephen Zimmerman from this Spring's EYBL circuit. Zimmerman holds an offer from UNC and lists the Tar Heels among his top-8 favorites.
UNC among top suitors for Matt RyanMatt Ryan is on the shelf following hip surgery, but he’s still focused on his recruitment. The 6-foot-6 2015 small forward from Iona Prep told SNY.tv he’s focusing on six schools and that Notre Dame remains the “strong favorite.” “I’m not saying an official list but I’m mainly talking to Duke, Carolina, Notre Dame, Michigan, Stanford and Marquette,” he told SNY.tv. at the Frankie Williams Charity Classic. “Those are probably the top six right now.” (Zag's Blog)
Video: Edrice Adebayo EYBL Minneapolis HighlightsHighlights of 2016 power forward Edrice Adebayo from this spring's recent EYBL event in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Adebayo holds an offer from UNC and is seriously considering the Tar Heels.
Video: Theo Pinson High School Mix TapeHigh school highlights of 2014 North Carolina basketball commit Theo Pinson. Pinson will join the Tar Heels this fall along with fellow incoming freshmen Joel Berry and Justin Jackson.
Dennis Smith Jr. talks upcoming visits and moreDennis Smith, Jr.: "Last time I checked in I think we'd only played one tournament, but we've played two tournaments since then and we're 12-3 right now. I've got two visits coming up; I'll be headed to Duke on Saturday and I'll go to North Carolina on June 3. I'm definitely looking forward to both of the visits; I'm hoping to get offers from both. I just want to get closer with the coaching staff, especially at North Carolina because I haven't talked to them as much." (USA Today)
Video: Ivan Rabb EYBL HighlightsSummer EYBL highlights from 2015 power forward and North Carolina recruiting target Ivan Rabb. Rabb, who visited Chapel Hill on Monday May 19, holds an offer from the Tar Heels as well as many other top Division-I programs.
Henry Ellenson Adds Carolina, Duke, UCLA OffersOne of the most versatile players in the Class of 2015 is Henry Ellenson. A 6-foot-10 power forward from Rice Lake, WI, Ellenson is ranked No. 9 at his position in the class by 247Sports.com. His three most recent offers came from North Carolina, Duke, and UCLA. Tar Heels coach Roy Williams has had Ellenson on his radar since sophomore year, when he started flying to Rice Lake to scout the talented big man. “They want another guy who can stretch the floor and hit a shot,” he said. (Zag's Blog)
Dennis Smith Jr. to visit UNC on June 3Class of 2016 point guard Dennis Smith Jr. averaged 22 points per game in the Orlando stop of the Adidas Gauntlet. Smith is a 6-foot-3, 180-pound 247Sports five-star from Fayetteville (N.C.). He scored 132 points in six games. Smith is ranked by 247Sports as the No.1 point guard and the No. 5 overall player in the 2016 class. He has offers from Arizona, Kansas, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Charlotte, and VCU. He plans to visit Duke on May 31st and UNC on June 3rd. (Carolina Blue)
Brandon Ingram posts strong numbers in MayBrandon Ingram, a class of 2015 small forward from Kinston (N.C.), was in Orlando this past weekend as part of the Adidas Gauntlet. Ingram is averaging 18.3 points per game through May 25th. Ingram is a 247Sports Composite five-star prospect. At a lean 6-foot-7, 170-pounds Ingram is projected to be a small forward or stretch four in college. Ingram's 247Sports Crystal Ball is 56% UNC and 40% Duke. (Carolina Blue)
EYBL Minneapolis: Jayson Tatum with multiple 20-point games2016 shooting guard Jayson Tatum had 23 points and 7 rebounds in a win during the "Minneapolis Sessions" of the EYBL Circuit. Tatum is the No. 2 shooting guard and the No. 4 overall player in the 2016 class. He is seen as a consensus top 5 talent and many experts believe he could be the top overall player int he 2016 class. Tatum also scored 20 points in a win on Sunday in Minneapolis. (Carolina Blue)
EYBL Minneapolis: Edrice Adebayo goes for 24/14247Sports Composite five-star Edrice Adebayo scored 24 points (8-11 FG) and pulled down 14 rebounds for Boo Williams in a win over E1T1 at the "Minneapolis Sessions" stop of the EYBL Circuit this weekend. Adebayo has offers from UNC, N.C. State, Cincinnati, and Virginia Tech. His 247Sports Crystal Ball is currently projecting 100% for North Carolina. (Carolina Blue)
Video: Jayson Tatum EYBL HighlightsEYBL highlights from 2016 5-star small forward recruiting target Jayson Tatum (St. Louis, Mo.). Tatum, 6'7 185, holds an offer from the Tar Heels along with numerous other nationally prominent programs.
|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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