UNC contacts 2016 5-star PF Juwan DurhamNorth Carolina has been in contact with 2016 power forward Juwan Durham (6'9", 200, Tampa, FL), according to Rivals.com recruiting analyst Clint Jackson via Twitter:
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Juwan Durham said UNC has been in contact as well. An assistant has called his coach, per the 6-9 PF (2016)
UNC's interest is in the initial stages at this point, but Durham already claims scholarship offers from Florida, Florida State, Kansas, and Louisville, among others. The Summer recruiting season will be telling as to how serious his recruitment becomes.
NBPA Day Two RecapJimmy Whitt scored six points and tossed out three assists in his opening game of the day. The 6-foot-2 guard is known as a scoring threat, but he’s showing more and more point guard skills and is a tremendous passer. At this stage, he’s a combination guard that may be making the move to point guard. Malik Beasley quietly had a strong second session game on Thursday. Beasley scored 14 points on 5-for-7 shooting and also reeled in six rebounds. Beasley is a skilled scorer that can put up points in a variety of ways. (Scout.com)
Luke Maye to visit UNC on SundayLuke Maye certainly won't win any awards for being the most exciting basketball prospect at the NBA Top 100 camp. He's not a tremendously explosive athlete. Then you watch him play, and see him fill up the stat sheets. Maye feels like the coaches in Chapel Hill are high on him, and he elaborated on their level of interest. "I talk to Coach (CB) McGrath on a regular basis and Coach (Roy) Williams calls me about once a week. They just keep in touch and like I said, I am going to go over there on Sunday and see what they say and see what their plan is for me and just go from there." (Tar Heel Illustrated)
NBPA Top 100 Camp Day 1 Stat LeadersFive-star forward Ben Simmons was the talk of the NBPA Top 100 Camp on Day 1 as he led all scorers through two games played. Here is a look at the Day 1 stat leaders and notable performers: Dennis Smith: 10.5 pts, 4.5 asst, 1.5 TO, 4 reb; Luke Maye: 9.5 pts, 6.5 reb; Edrice Adebayo: 12 pts, 9-15 FG, 6-6 FT; Antonio Blakeney: 12 pts; Seventh Woods: 11.5 pts, 3 reb. (Carolina Blue)
Diamond Stone, Malik Newman package deal not a certaintyThere's been much made of a potential Diamond Stone-Malik Newman package deal, but according to the father of five-star center Stone, it's not a certainty. Bob Stone told InsideMDSports.com that the two will team in college if their respective recruitments work out that way, but a package deal isn't -- no pun intended -- set in Stone. "Our objective is to put Diamond in the best position to meet his goals and be successful and I'm sure the Newmans feel the same," the elder Stone said. (Carolina Blue)
UNC, Notre Dame, Duke, Michigan in Hunt for Matt RyanEight games into his junior year, Matt Ryan’s blend of of stats (19 PPG, 8RPG, 4RPG), academics (3.8 GPA, Honor Roll, no grade lower than a 92 in PreCalc) and fearless range turned moderate interest from Princeton, George Mason, Davidson, and UPenn into heavy hounding from Duke, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Michigan, Marquette and myriad others. The last three months, Ryan’s competitive edge has grown. He’s stoked with confidence and a desire to prove he’s as good as projected. (Zag's Blog)
Stephen Zimmerman Talks USA Basketball, RecruitingStephen Zimmerman received more than 30 text messages from college coaches after making the USA U18 team. Zimmerman and teammate Chase Jeter both remain undecided on schools and are among the most highly sought after bigs in the Class of 2015. Here’s his take on his schools: North Carolina: “I like the program. They have a successful program. Coach Roy Williams, he’s old school. North Carolina has a great name and a great history.” (Zag's Blog)
Jayson Tatum Talks Possible Package with Harry Giles, Dennis Smith Jr.Much has been made of the possible Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles package deal, but now with the emergence of Fayetteville (N.C.) Trinity Christian School 2016 point guard Dennis Smith Jr., Tatum says that it would be big if the trio went to school together. Tatum currently holds offers from Kentucky, Kansas, Duke, Missouri, Florida, St. Louis, Illinois, Marquette, Memphis, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State and Wake Forest. (Zag's Blog)
2015 Basketball Class: Who does UNC get?North Carolina currently has no players committed for the 2015 basketball recruiting class. It has been over a year since a player has committed to the UNC basketball program. The Tar Heels are pursuing many top targets across the country along with a couple of prospects in their backyard. (Carolina Blue)
Freshman Orientation: Theo PinsonTheo Pinson rounded out his high school basketball career with a second straight state championship at Wesleyan Christian Academy. Along the way, Pinson became one of the elite players of the class of 2014, earned McDonald’s All America honors and even jumped over his mother to win the Under Armour Elite 24 dunk contest. Now comes the next step in his basketball career: (GoHeels.com)
247Sports Updated 2016 Composite Basketball Rankings247Sports released their updated 2016 Composite basketball recruit rankings on Wednesday, and several UNC targets made the list. Harry Giles, a 6-10 power forward from High Point, NC, has an offer from the Tar Heels and ranks No. 1 on the list.
Other UNC recruits with offers from the Tar Heels include No. 4 Jayson Tatum (small forward, St. Louis, MO), No. 8 Seventh Woods (combo guard, Columbia, SC), and No. 12 Edrice Adebayo (power forward, Pinetown, NC).
Other UNC recruits who do not currently hold offers include point guard Dennis Smith, Jr. (No. 18 Fayetteville, NC) and shooting guard Amir Coffey (No. 26, Minnetonka, MN), among others. (247 Sports)
Antonio Blakeney Remains Open in RecruitmentAntonio Blakeney was one of several late additions to the USA Basketball U18 trials, and after his first practice Tuesday night Blakeney sounded excited about the opportunity. “It’s real good to be out here competing and trying to be on the USA team, represent the USA. That’s a big honor,” the 6-foot-4 2015 guard out of Orlando (FL) Oak Ridge told SNY.tv. As far as his recruitment, Blakeney says he’s wide open and lists Louisville, Florida, Kansas, North Carolina, Florida State, Providence, LSU and USC among those recruiting him. (Zag's Blog)
Justin Jackson's Journal: I'm PreparedPrior to enrolling at UNC later this week, Justin Jackson has authored his final journal entry InsideCarolina.com. "I can’t believe it’s finally here. After all the years of hard work with my coaches, days in the gym with my teammates and hours on the road with my family, I’m so proud to say I’m moving into my dorm at the University of North Carolina on Friday. That it’s really about to happen, honestly, is surreal." (Inside Carolina)
247Sports Updated 2015 Composite Basketball Rankings247Sports released their updated 2015 Composite basketball recruit rankings last week, and several UNC targets made the list. The Composite Index is a ranking system that averages the ratings across most major recruiting services (247Sports, ESPN, Rivals, Scout, etc.).
Topping the 2015 updated list is power forward Ivan Rabb (Oakland, CA) who holds an offer from Roy Williams. Among other targets on the list with offers from the Tar Heels are No. 2 Malik Newman (shooting guard, Jackson, MS), No. 4 Diamond Stone (center, Milwaukee, WI), No. 6 Stephen Zimmerman (center, Las Vegas, NV), No. 16 Brandon Ingram (small forward, Kinston, NC), No. 22 Henry Ellenson (center, Rice Lake, WI), and No. 42 P.J. Dozier (point guard, Columbia, SC). (247 Sports)
Theo Pinson stars on national stageMany high school athletes dream about being the best, but few actually experience it. Theo Pinson, a recent graduate of Wesleyan Christian, is one of the lucky few.
Over his career, he’s combined hard work with natural talent to become one of the best players in the country. After committing to North Carolina last spring, he signed with the Tar Heels in the fall, helped the Trojans win their second straight state championship, and earned spots in the Under Armour Elite 24, McDonald’s All-American Game and Nike Hoop Summit in the spring. (High Point Enterprise)
|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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