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Complete coverage of North Carolina Basketball Recruiting.

N.C. Hoops Depth on Display

Each year since 2008, there’s been at least one high school player from North Carolina in Scout’s final top 25 rankings. It’s given birth to homegrown recruits dubbing it as the “Hoop State.” “We’ve got really good players and everyone is finding out about us,” said Edrice Adebayo, one of three N.C. natives ranked in the top 15 of the class of 2016. “There’s a lot of talent here.” Adebayo, who will hold off making a college decision until his senior season, is one of four in-state high school players with a UNC offer (Brandon Ingram, Harry Giles, Dennis Smith Jr.). (Inside Carolina)

Jaylen Brown to wait upwards of 'about a month' to make college choice

America's most coveted recruit is winding down his timeline, but still taking his time. Jaylen Brown told the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader on Sunday that he has "about a month" to go in his recruitment, but could decide sooner than that, based on circumstances. "If I choose a school within the next two weeks that I think I like the most, and they don't have any NBA guys, then I won't have to wait until whatever the NBA deadline is," Brown told the Herald-Leader. "But, if I do, then I'll probably wait." (MLive.com)

McDonald's Monday Practice: Ingram stands above all

Through the first session of McDonald’s practice, no one stood out more than Brandon Ingram. Not only has Ingram grown to 6-foot-9, but he’s starting to play the game with a significant amount of confidence. Going up against the nation’s top players, Ingram not only competed, but was easily the most productive player of the day. With his size, wide shoulders, lengthy arms, mobility and athleticism, Ingram has always been a guy that had upside. But now he’s starting to put it all together. (Scout.com)

Q&A with Jaylen Brown

Jaylen Brown earned the nation's No. 1 ranking, led Wheeler (Ga.) to a state championship and has now begun McDonald's All-American Game this week. After several months of silence about his recruitment, he spoke in-depth on Monday: "Coach Roy (Williams), he’s a great guy, humble guy. He has a very smooth personality and is down to earth. His program has a lot of tradition and a lot of good players have come through their program." (Inside Carolina)

Clint's Notebook: Jalek Felton

Jalek Felton just has it. And by it - we mean he's a natural. The game comes easy for him. He's blessed with incredible ability and is destined for stardom at UNC. The worst part about Felton is that UNC fans have to wait another two years to see him. One topic that not many scouts agree on is where Felton will play when he gets to North Carolina. He has speed, vision and a handle and good size to be an athletic point guard. But then there's his natural scoring ability. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

McDonald's All American Jaylen Brown arrested on minor traffic charges

Jaylen Brown, a McDonald’s All-American forward from Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.), was arrested and charged on Wednesday with two misdemeanor traffic violations then released on a $1,300 bond. Brown, who averaged 28 points and 12 rebounds a game this season while leading Wheeler to the state AAAAAA championship, was charged with a stop sign violation and for driving on a suspended license. Wheeler coach Doug Lipscomb said that Brown would still play at the McDonald’s All American Game next Wednesday (USA Today)

Luke Maye leads the way

He’s a top 100 national basketball recruit, a two-time conference Player of the Year and a North Carolina recruit who has helped put the Huskies on the short list of the state’s top teams. This year, Maye had a Luke Maye type of season. He led the team in nearly every category, averaging 20.7 points, 14.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. He’s as comfortable leading the fast break as he is backing his man down under the basket or hoisting 3-pointers that would make some of the NBA’s top sharpshooters envious. (Huntersville Herald)

Dennis Smith Jr. Blog: No. 1 PG blogs about recent visits to UNC, Duke and N.C. State

Dennis Smith, Jr.: "I’m excited to tell you that I ended up winning Gatorade Player of the Year for North Carolina and that was really big for me because of all the great talent we’ve got here in the state like my boys Harry Giles, Brandon Ingram, Edrice Adebayo and a lot more players. I’ve been out to a few games lately — Carolina, Duke and N.C. State. It’s always cool going to those schools and seeing how everything is on game day. Right now I’d say I talk to Duke, Louisville and UNC the most." (USA Today)

No. 1 Jaylen Brown visits Michigan, California

The nation's top player, Jaylen Brown, a 6-foot-7 wing out of Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler, took his scheduled fifth and final official visit to Michigan this past Thursday and Friday. Brown then returned home for a day, before taking an unofficial visit to California on Sunday and Monday. California hasn't been on Brown's list, but have apparently been actively recruiting him. Brown has also taken official visits to Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina and UCLA. (Scout.com)

Jalek Felton lives up to expectations, then some

Jalek Felton averaged 28.7 points, 6.5 assists and 2.4 steals per game this season, which included a highlight reel full of dunks and memories. He eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau this season, earned all-state honors and also committed to play at North Carolina during the Beach Ball Classic in December. A few days before committing, Felton had the best scoring game of his career, dropping in 51 points in an 83-74 win over Myrtle Beach at the Beach Ball Classic. It was second most points scored in a game in tournament history. (SC Now)

Video: Dennis Smith, Jr. Junior Year Mixtape

Dennis Smith Jr is considered the top point guard in the junior class and, at only 17 years old, it’s easy to see why. Dennis plays for Trinity Christian School based out of Fayetteville, NC and helped lead his team to a NCISAA State Semi-Final. Watch as Smith deals with double & triple teams. (Ball Is Life)

North Carolina Boys Basketball Player of the Year: Dennis Smith Jr.

He averaged 21.8 points per game this past season, leading the Crusaders (23-10) to the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association’s Class 1A state semifinals. Competing for Team United in Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League this past summer, Smith averaged 12.0 points, 5.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per contest. (USA Today)

Harry Giles Blog: Falling at states, Duke-UNC games, & more

Harry Giles: "I went to Duke when they played Carolina and I went to Carolina when they played Duke and both games were craaaazy! Their fans are really different to me. I think Duke has more of the student, wild and crazy crowd. They’ve got more students than regular fans and Carolina has more regular fans than students. They get pretty crazy too, though. That whole environment is just on another level. I swear when I’m at those games I want to jump out of my seat and check in to the game." (USA Today)

Brandon Ingram leads Kinston to 4th straight state title

Brandon Ingram had 28 points and 10 rebounds to lead Kinston past East Lincoln 60-43 in the Class 2-A North Carolina High School Athletics Association men's championship game Saturday. Ingram was the game's most valuable player and was 10 for 22 while helping the Vikings (26-4) win their fourth state championship. Darnell Dunn added 12 points for Kinston, which shot 42 percent and held the Mustangs to 30 percent shooting to earn its 11th state championship. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Jayson Tatum Blog: Duke visit, vying for a state title, and more

I took an official visit to Duke recently and I can honestly say that it exceeded my expectations. I went in there wondering how crazy it was gonna be because of everything I heard about their fans and things like that and it was better than people said. I got a good feel for the campus and the school. I checked out a few classes and went to practices and the game too. I would definitely give the visit a 10 out of 10. I don’t have another visit scheduled as of right now; I’m gonna focus on winning this title and go from there. (USA Today)

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

7/20/2016 - 7/22/2016
Watching 2017 PG Collin Sexton, 2017 C Nate Watson, 2017 SF Kevin Knox, 2017 PF Brandon Huffman, 2017 PG Tremont Waters, 2017 SF Jermaine Samuels, 2018 UNC PG commit Rechon Black, 2018 SG Romeo Langford, 2018 SG Zion Williamson, 2018 SF Jairus Hamilton, 2018 CG Coby White, 2019 SF Wendell Moore, 2019 PF Matthew Hurt in Las Vegas, NV

Thursday, July 14, 2016
Watching 2018 PF Zion Williamson, 2019 PF Christian Brown, and 2019 PG Ashton Hagans at the Champions Classic in Marietta, GA

7/14/2016 - 7/15/2016
Watching 2018 UNC PG commit Jalek Felton, 2019 SF Joey Baker, 2018 PF Miles Norris, 2017 C Nate Watson, and 2017 PG Trevon Duval at the Under Armour Association Finals in Cartersville, GA

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Watching 2017 center Mohamed Bamba, 2017 PF P.J. Washington, and 2017 PG Matt Coleman at Team USA U18 practice in Houston, TX

Saturday, July 09, 2016
Watching 2017 PG Nick Weatherspoon, 2018 UNC PG commit Rechon Black, 2018 SF Jairus Hamilton, 2018 PF Zion Williamson, 2018 SG Romeo Langford at the adidas Gauntlet Series in Spartanburg, SC

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Top UNC Basketball Recruits
Mohamed Bamba2017 PF
Wendell Carter2017 PF
Jalek Felton2017 PG
Kevin Knox2017 SF
Jarred Vanderbilt2017 SF
P.J. Washington2017 PF
Romeo Langford2018 SG
Zion Williamson2018 SF
Brandon Randolph2017 SG
Isaiah Stokes2017 PF

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