Nike Peach Jam Wednesday Recap: Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum stand outWith The Family and Team CP3 finding themselves tied in the standings after four EYBL events, it set up a play-in game for the right to continue in the Nike Peach Jam. Win or go home, and for Harry Giles, that meant 32 minutes to put on a performance worthy of advancing. Giles finished with 21 points, 15 boards and a pair of blocks. Jayson Tatum plays for the St. Louis Eagles, who failed to qualify. But the No. 4 player in the Class of 2016 was allowed to participate with the U16 team, and he put on a show. (NBC Sports)
Peach Jam: Top power forward Harry Giles back with a vengeanceThere was only a single game scheduled Wednesday evening in the Nike EYBL Finals, which is why most of the college basketball world’s heaviest hitters were scouting tournaments in other parts of the country. Team CP3 power forward Harry Giles was among the players in this game, however, and afterward was asked to recite the schools that are recruiting him most ardently. (Sporting News)
UNC basketball Recruiting and Evaluation InfoThe second weekend of the July evaluation period is here. The main event is the Peach Jam in Augusta (GA) which is essentially the finals of the EYBL Circuit (Nike). (Carolina Blue)
UNC basketball recruiting: Dozier/Blakeney comparisonNorth Carolina offered 2015 shooting guard Antonio Blakeney on Monday evening. The offer was the second in the 2015 cycle for a pure wing/guard/scorer. P.J. Dozier out of Columbia (SC) is the other wing to have an offer from the Tar Heels. Brandon Ingram is a small forward and many experts feel he is more likely to be stretch four in college. (Carolina Blue)
Dennis Smith, Jr. invited to USA Basketball training campFayetteville basketball product Dennis Smith, Jr., has been added to the USA Basketball Developmental National Team Roster. Smith, who plays basketball at Trinity Christian in Fayetteville, is among 38 of the top 17-and-under players invited. 36 of the players will attend the 2014 USA U17 World Championship Team training camp. Smith has offers from Charlotte, Duke, Florida, Kansas, Miami, N.C. State, North Carolina, VCU, and Wake Forest. (High School OT)
Kenny Williams talks recruitment, experience at LeBron James Skills AcademyThe summer of 2014 has been a bit of a whirlwind for class of 2015 L.C. Bird (Va.) guard and UNC recruiting target Kenny Williams. Williams spent last week in Las Vegas as a participant in the LeBron James Skills Academy. Inside the Hall sat down with the 6-foot-2 Williams to discuss his experience this summer and his overall recruitment. What are some of the schools that are recruiting you the hardest right now? “Georgetown, VCU, UNC, Michigan and Indiana, those are the hardest.” (Inside the Hall)
Roy Williams offers scholarship to Antonio BlakeneyRoy Williams has extended a scholarship offer to Antonio Blakeney, a 2015 5-star shooting guard from Orlando, FL according to Scout.com recruiting analyst Evan Daniels.
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Antonio Blakeney tells Scout that he just got off the phone with Roy Williams. UNC officially offered him a scholarship.
Blakeney is the third shooting guard in UNC's 2015 basketball recruiting class to receive a scholarship offer, joining P.J. Dozier and Malik Newman. Blakeney also holds offers from Kentucky, Florida, Florida State, Kansas and Louisville, among others.
Antonio Blakeney Highlights
UNC all in for a Woods, Smith 2016 backcourt?There is no reason why North Carolina would not go all in on recruiting both five-stars Dennis Smith and Seventh Woods to play together in the same backcourt. Smith is from Fayetteville (NC) while Woods resides in Columbia (SC). Both players can play point guard, but in this scenario Smith would get more time at the point with Woods at the off guard or shooting guard position. Smith and Woods are friendly with each other and communicate regularly. Smith has picked up many offers over the spring and summer including Duke, Kansas, Wake Forest, Florida, Miami, N.C. State, and North Carolina. (Carolina Blue)
Video: Roy Williams watches 2015 center Skal LabissiereRoy Williams and assistant C.B. McGrath were in Philadelphia on Saturday and got an up-close look at 2015 5-star big man Skal Labissiere (6-11, 215, Cordova, TN). Labissiere has not yet received an offer from the Tar Heels, but Memphis, Kentucky, and Georgetown have offered and are high on his list at the moment.
Diamond Stone discusses his package deal, recent weight lossEvery prospect at this age is a work in progress, but it’s clear to see that Stone has already started that process of improving. He’s worked on his body, getting rid of some of his baby fat and toning up his physique. His father told NBCSports.com that he’s down to 246 pounds from 263 earlier this year, something that Stone credits to long hours in the gym and the weight room this spring. (NBC Sports)
Roy Williams watches Brandon Ingram in ChicagoRoy Williams was in Chicago on Friday watching 2015 5-star small forward Brandon Ingram at the adidas Uprising skills camp. Other coaches sighted courtside included Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, Kentucky's John Calipari, and Kansas coach Bill Self.
Ingram scored 22 points in a 70-64 loss (box score pdf file) in his first game of the day but was held to just 6 points on 3-13 shooting in his team's evening game (box score pdf file), which they also lost 79-76. Through 4 games Friday, Ingram is averaging 12.3 points, good for 8th overall among all players at the event which runs through Sunday (complete leaderboard pdf file).
Ingram holds a scholarship offer from UNC and lists the Tar Heels among his current leaders.
Matt Ryan commits to Notre DameHis name is Ryan so it somehow seemed inevitable he would land with the Irish. And now he has. Matt Ryan, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound sharpshooting small forward from New Rochelle (N.Y.) Iona Prep, has verbally committed to Notre Dame, becoming the Irish’s first commit for 2015. Ryan, who will remain at Iona Prep for his senior season, has been unable to play this spring and summer after undergoing two arthroscopic hip surgeries on March 3, but expects to be cleared to play in about a month. (Zag's Blog)
UNC basketball coaches on the recruiting trail ThursdayRoy Williams was in Las Vegas for a second straight day on Thursday watching several recruiting targets at the LeBron James Skills Academy.
Williams focused his attention on three primary recruits: 2015 center Stephen Zimmerman, 2015 center Henry Ellenson, and 2016 small forward Jayson Tatum. All three players hold scholarship offers from UNC.
Williams wasn't the only UNC coach on the recruiting trail. Assistant coach C.B. McGrath was in Philadelphia for the Reebok Breakout Classic watching 2015 guard P.J. Dozier, 2015 power foward Skal Labissiere, 2016 center Nate Morris, 2015 PG Jawun Evans, and 2016 PG Derryck Thornton.
Dozier is the only recruit among that group that currently holds a UNC offer. Here are some of Dozier's highlights from Day 1 of the event:
Henry Ellenson working to become a more versatile playerOne of the best individual matchups of the first day of action at the LeBron James Skills Academy was the one consisting of five-star 2015 prospects Henry Ellenson and Ivan Rabb. While both performed very well in the first half of the contest, the fact of the matter is that neither was on the court at the same time. That changed in the second half, as they were faced with the challenge of defending each other. (NBC Sports)
Stephen Zimmerman Focusing on 8, Planning Officials in the FallOn Wednesday, Stephen Zimmerman was showing out on the first day of the LeBron James Skills Academy, using his mobility and passing ability to make an impact at both ends of the floor. Don’t expect Zimmerman to slow down once the summer ends, however. While things may cool down on the court, that’s when his recruitment will really begin to heat up. “I don’t know when or where, but my parents said sometime around September to October I’ll take official visits,” Zimmerman said. (Zag's Blog)
|Tracking Roy Williams on the Recruiting TrailTuesday, February 02, 2016|
At Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada watching 2017 4-star power forward P.J. WashingtonFriday, 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, GASaturday, January 23, 2016
Visiting 2017 5-star small forward Kevin Knox at Tampa Catholic High School in Tampa, FLSunday, January 17, 2016
Watching 2016 4-star center Udoka Azubuike at the Hoop Hall Classic in Springfield, MA
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