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Jayson Tatum still wide open in recruitment

Listed at 6-foot-8, St. Louis Elite star Jayson Tatum says he will continue to grow, and play anywhere between the two and the four in college. As for the recruitment process, all of the major blue-blood programs have been after Tatum. “Most recent schools I have heard from are Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, St. Louis,” Tatum said. There was no mention of a specific list as Tatum is still listening to any and all suitors. (Zag's Blog)

Diamond Stone, Malik Newman Talking Package Deal

Diamond Stone reiterated to Evan Daniels of Scout.com on Saturday that he and Malik Newman – two of the top prospects in the Class of 2015 — are talking about a potential package deal. The 6-foot-3 Newman actually mentioned packaging with the 6-10 Stone back in March to Chris Thomas of The Clarion-Ledger. Thomas pointed out that “Newman and Stone played together last summer on USA Basketball’s U16 National Team.” (Zag's Blog)

Stephen Zimmerman Talks Carolina, Will Trim List Again

Playing in Richmond, VA this weekend, Stephen Zimmerman is just a few hours from one of his top eight schools in North Carolina, and talked about the recruitment from head coach Roy Williams. “Roy is real old-school, he talks instead of texting,” Zimmerman said. “They talk to me a lot, they really like me a lot. He just has a message that I can be a big part of their program.” When asked about when he will cut his list next, he said for now he is just taking it easy. (Zag's Blog)

EYBL Hampton Preview

The third leg of the EYBL tips off this weekend in Hampton, Va.. Held at the Boo Williams Sportsplex, Nike's assortment of elite teams will continue their ongoing battle to earn a trip to July's EYBL Finals in South Carolina. Will this be the weekend that No. 1 rising junior Harry Giles suits up for the first time in nearly a year after undergoing knee surgery? Top Players: Ivan Rabb, Stephen Zimmerman, Allonzo Trier, Henry Ellenson, Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles, Antonio Blakeney, Edrice Adebayo, and many more. (Scout.com)

Ivan Rabb to visit UNC Monday

Ivan Rabb, the No. 1 player in the Class of 2015 according to ESPN.com and a potential NBA lottery pick in 2016 will visit North Carolina on Monday and Georgetown on Tuesday, his high school coach, Lou Richie, confirmed to SNY.tv. The 6-foot-10, 210-pound post player from Oakland Bishop O’Dowd will play this weekend at the Nike EYBL stop in Hampton Va. North Carolina has no commits yet for 2015 but is involved with several bigs, including Rabb, Stephen Zimmerman and Diamond Stone. (Zag's Blog)

Top-shelf talent at Boo Williams' Nike invitational tournament

Boo Williams' annual Nike boys invitational tournament won't have college coaches in attendance, but as usual features some of the nation's best prep talent. Boo's tournament features 112 teams, highlighted by the third of four stops in Nike's Elite Youth Basketball League. Players to watch: Ivan Rabb, F, 6-9, 205, Oakland, Calif. Oakland Soldiers. Consensus top-three player in Class of 2015. Averaged 27 points and 14 rebounds per game last season at Bishop O'Dowd High. (Daily Press)

Harry Giles to return from injury this weekend at EYBL Hampton

At the third session of the Nike EYBL in Hampton, Virginia this weekend, 2016's #1 player, Harry Giles, will make his return to the basketball court "test his knee", according to sources. Giles has been recovering from surgery to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament, the medial collateral ligament and meniscus on his left knee this past July. (Carolina Blue)

Henry Ellenson deserves name mentioned amongst elite centers in 2015

The fact that 6-foot-9, 250-pound Rice Lake (Wisc.) 2015 center Henry Ellenson has participated in major AAU basketball and the USA Basketball Developmental Camp since he was a freshman has allowed Scout.com to get a great feel for him as a prospect. Watching Ellenson this weekend at EYBL, suddenly there's reason to feel significantly better about him as a prospect. Yes, he can still hit three-pointers, but the difference in his body and mobility is night and day. (Scout.com)

Harry Giles Blog: Recruiting, visits, and package deals

2016 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 recruits

UNC 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 2014-15

7. 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 more

Jayson 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 Prospect

Brevin 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 hardest

There 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 Watch

Theo 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)

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

Monday, November 02, 2015
Watching 2016 combo guard Seventh Woods work out at Hammond School in Columbia, SC

Thursday, October 15, 2015
Watching 2016 combo guard Seventh Woods work out at Hammond School in Columbia, SC

Monday, 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, FL

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Visiting 2016 PF Harry Giles at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, VA

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