Recruiting Profile: 2015 Power Forward Henry EllensonAt 6’10 235 lbs, Henry Ellenson can be a beast in the middle. He is big but knows how to use his size to his advantage. Ellenson is fairly comfortable shooting anywhere on the court and has the ability to make jumpers. He handles the ball very well for a big man and just because he isn’t lightning fast doesn’t mean his moves aren’t fluid. His court awareness is underrated. Ellenson also passes well and can, in some situations, rebound and get the break started. (Duke Report)
Jalek Felton named to MaxPreps Freshman All-American teamMullins point guard Jalek Felton was named to second team of the MaxPreps Freshman All-American team. Felton averaged 21.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists this season for the Region 8-2A champion Auctioneers. The nephew of Knicks point guard Raymond Felton is regarded as one of the top prospects in the Class of 2017. Felton is currently drawing interest from North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas and Georgetown. (SC Now)
Video: Archive footage of 14-year-old Seventh WoodsHere is a throwback Summer mixtape of Seventh Woods, who was 14 years old throughout this whole video. Woods is in the Class of 2016 and holds an offer from UNC.
Video: Ivan Rabb Senior Season Mix TapeHere is the senior season mix tape of arguably the top player in the class of 2015, power forward Ivan Rabb of Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, California. Rabb currently holds a scholarship offer from North Carolina.
Recruiting Spotlight: Class of 2016 Harry GilesHarry Giles, consensus top five 2016 basketball recruit, was recently cleared to play basketball after a serious knee injury he suffered almost a year ago. While playing for Team USA's U16 team in Uruguay last June, he tore the ACL, MCL, and meniscus in his left knee. This forced him to miss AAU (plays for CP3 All Stars) over the summer as well his entire high school season. (Blogger So Dear)
12 Winners & Losers From The Jordan Brand ClassicNorth Carolina – Roy Williams‘ three-man recruiting class of Justin Jackson, Theo Pinson and Joel Berry is everything the team was missing this past season. Justin Jackson is a silent assassin and puts up large numbers on the boards. He is going to start from day one and is going to be a great offensive player in Williams’ system. If he hits the gym as soon as he arrives in Chapel Hill, he is going to be problem for a lot of ACC teams in the future. (Dime Magazine)
Jordan Brand Classic RoundtableUSA Today talked with North Carolina signee Justin Jackson, Kentucky signee Devin Booker and Ohio State signee D’Angelo Russell, all of whom are competing in Friday’s Jordan Brand Classic National Game at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. (USA Today)
Elijah Stewart among best available 2014 basketball recruits2. Elijah Stewart -- Somehow Stewart, a 6-foot-5 wing out of Westchester (Calif.) High, managed to fly under the radar and signed with LMU. Credit assistant Tom Abatemarco for getting that done. But with LMU's coaching change, Stewart is now back on the market and is in high demand. He took an unofficial visit to USC last weekend and has schools like Texas, Virginia, Cincinnati, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, TCU, West Virginia and others showing interest. (FOX Sports)
Chase Jeter Trims List to 6Chase Jeter has trimmed his list to six schools and eliminated North Carolina. The 2015 5-star center from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas posted his list to Twitter on Thursday:
Chase Jeter @chasejeter04
Kansas Oregon UNLV Duke Ucla Arizona Planning on a commitment before July. Thank you to all the schools who've recruited me.
Jeter was one of three centers on UNC's 2015 basketball recruiting board with a scholarship offer from Roy Williams, the other two being Jeter's teammate Stephen Zimmerman and Milwaukee's Diamond Stone.
Malik Newman, Diamond Stone "working on teaming up together in college"Malik Newman is the top-guard in the ESPN 60 and No. 2 overall player in the 2015 recruiting class: "Recruiting is going pretty good. Most of the coaches talk to my dad, but I hear from Mississippi State, Kentucky, Kansas, Florida, LSU, Duke and a few others. It's cool. I don't let it get to be too much for me. Me and my boy Diamond Stone are working on teaming up together in college too. I know everybody says that, but I think we're on the same page with it. That's the plan for right now." (USA Today)
Interview with Joel Berry IIJoel Berry II is one of the top high school point guards in the country and will be playing his college ball at the University of North Carolina next season What are your expectations for next year at UNC? Joel Berry: "I think there are a lot of high expectations with the recruiting class coming in and people are expecting a lot. We can’t let that get to us, but I just want to come in and be like a sponge. Just soak up everything I can and learn the system. I think we have the team to make it to the national championship." (The Intentional Foul)
Viral Video Makes Seventh Woods The Most Famous 15-Year-Old Basketball Player in AmericaHammond coach Mark McClam and I talked about Seventh Woods. He said he thought Woods needed to improve the “cerebral” side of his game — things like managing the clock in tight games. We talked about where Woods might sign in two years and he said Woods and his family were keeping that close, but then let on that Duke and UNC were the frontrunners. (TheMillions.com)
Weekend Basketball Recruiting Notes: Ingram, Giles, new recruiting featureRoy Williams made two important recruiting stops to end the week last week.
Thursday, Williams was in Kinston, NC for an in-home visit with class of 2015 5-star small forward Brandon Ingram. Ingram currently holds an offer from UNC and the Tar Heels are very high on his list. Ingram has visited UNC on multiple occasions and is also considering offers from Louisville, NC State and Duke, among others.
On Friday, Williams was in High Point to visit with class of 2016 5-star power forward Harry Giles at Wesleyan Christian Academy. Giles is a teammate of 2014 North Carolina signee Theo Pinson and is considering offers from UNC, Duke, and Kentucky, among others. Giles is rated the #1 power forward in the 2016 class by Scout.com.
Also, we're testing a new feature to the Tar Heel Times basketball recruiting section called "Where's Roy?", which tracks Roy Williams on the recruiting trail after each visit using a map interface and a description of each visit. Hopefully you'll find it useful as we head into the summer recruiting season.
Video: Dennis Smith, Jr.'s Sophomore Year HighlightsHighlights from Dennis Smith Jr's sophomore season at Trinity Christian (Fayetteville, NC). He is a 6'2 point guard, set to graduate in 2016. Dennis led Trinity to two NCISAA state championships in his first two years of high school basketball.
Roy Williams on what recruits do to attract his interestRoy Williams: “I recruit through a process of elimination. If I see a big guy who can’t run, I don’t recruit him because I want our team to run. If I see a point guard who can shoot, but has no savvy, I won’t recruit him, because I need a point guard who makes great decisions. Whenever I go out and recruit, I’m thinking, ‘This is the way I want to play. Can that kid do what I want him to do?’” (NCSA 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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