Malik Newman Says Package With Diamond Stone is ’100 Percent’Plenty of high school basketball players say they will become package deals to college. But very few actually make it happen. Malik Newman says he and five-star center Diamond Stone will end up making it a reality. “It’s 100 percent,” the 6-foot-3 Newman told SNY.tv exclusively Saturday at the NIKE EYBL session here. “Hopefully, everything works out, but right now everything is going good. That’s the plan — we don’t plan on changing." (Zag's Blog)
UNC, Kentucky, Ohio State Among Schools Recruiting P.J. DozierP.J. Dozier is back and better than ever. The 6-foot-5 point guard from Spring Valley (S.C.) has returned from surgery on his meniscus and is leading an Upward Stars team that has stormed through their first two games at the Nike Memorial Classic. “So far, so good,” Dozier told SNY.tv. “All of the doctors say that you come back way more explosive than you were before, I definitely feel like that’s true. My goal is just to stay healthy.” (Zag's Blog)
Catching up with Henry EllensonEven while standing at 6-foot-10, Henry Ellenson needed a bit to acclimate himself to the size and athleticism present at the EYBL. “The first week I was just adjusting to the height and finishing around those guys,” said Ellenson, the 2015 Iowa State target from Rice Lake (Wisc.) who is playing his first (and last) season in the prestigious AAU league. It’s safe to say Ellenson has made those adjustments, though, as his play this spring has been enough to raise his profile nationally. He picked up a North Carolina offer this past week. (Ames Tribune)
Video: 2015 SG Kenny Williams Highlights2015 shooting guard Kenny Williams (Chesterfield, VA) shows off his all-around game in this new set of highlights.
Video: Brandon Ingram highlights from Adidas Gauntlet2015 UNC recruit and Stackhouse Elite guard Brandon Ingram scores a game high 24 points against Indiana Elite at the Adidas Gauntlet in Indianapolis.
Roy Williams offers 2015 center Henry EllensonRoy 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 list2015 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 PlannedPrior 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 risingAlthough 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 visitIvan 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 CarolinaDennis 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 RecruitingIvan 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 injuryHarry 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 ZimmermanIn 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 RecapDay 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)
|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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