Stephen Zimmerman Sets Five Official VisitsStephen Zimmerman – a 7-foot- 2015 big out of Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High – has finalized his five official visit schools and dates. Recently, Zimmerman reported he would officially visit Kansas the weekend of ‘Late Night at the Phog,’ scheduled on Oct. 10, and Kentucky the following weekend for ‘Big Blue Madness.” UNC will be the first official on the weekend of Oct. 3, UCLA on Oct. 24 and he will finish the whirlwind tour with Arizona on the weekend of Nov. 7. (Zag's Blog)
P.J. Dozier’s growth shows on and off the courtNow a solid 6-foot-6, point guard P.J. Dozier is rated 29th in the ESPN 100 and spending this weekend at the Fab 48 tournament in Las Vegas with his AAU team, the Upward Stars. In what seems like an instant, P.J. Dozier’s childhood dreams drew within reach. A month before the start of his senior season at Spring Valley, Dozier has his pick of major college basketball programs. His scholarship offers include Indiana, Kansas, Clemson, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, N.C. State and Ohio State. (The State)
Seventh Woods: Don’t Miss the Forest For the TreesWhether he’s the next anyone or just the first Seventh Woods, the YouTube-generated fame he achieved led TV shows such as Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Ellen Degeneres Show to reach out in hopes of getting the latest internet sensation on their set. But Seventh graciously declined, passing on an opportunity that most kids his age would jump at in a heartbeat, because of a mixture of humility and shyness that has led to him wanting to keep a low profile. (SLAM Online)
Stephen Zimmerman's recruitment in full swingSteve Alford walked in. Then Roy Williams and an assistant coach entered. Georgetown sent an assistant, while John Thompson III arrived shortly after. Arizona assistant Damon Stoudamire was there. Ole Miss had an assistant in position well before tip-off. And of course, John Calipari and Josh Pastner were also in attendance, sitting next to each other. Why all the fuss? It was the marquee individual matchup of Thursday afternoon: Stephen Zimmerman vs. Skal Labissiere. (CBS Sports)
All eyes on Antonio Blakeney at AAU Super ShowcaseJust about everyone wanted to see Antonio Blakeney on Thursday. The five-star shooting guard from Orlando, Fla., is in Louisville this week with this Each1Teach1 club for the 11th-grade AAU Super Showcase, and he might be the most closely watched man in all of the events taking place. Blakeney is considering more teams than just the Cats and Cards. He also listed Florida, Florida State, Kansas, North Carolina, Missouri, LSU, Oregon and Memphis. He's scheduled no official visits and plans to cut his list after his finishes with summer basketball. (Louisville Courier-Journal)
Skal Labissiere Considering Playing OverseasWhen I first wrote about Skal Labissiere, a little more than two years ago, he was a 6-foot-9, 16-year-old still adjusting to life and basketball in the United States after moving here following an earthquake that devastated Haiti. Now, he's a 6-foot-11, 18-year-old at the center of a recruiting battle involving Georgetown, Kentucky, Memphis, North Carolina and Ole Miss. And on Thursday, he became the first Class of 2015 prospect to publicly acknowledge that he's interested in maybe skipping college altogether and playing a year overseas. (CBS Sports)
Edrice “Bam” Adebayo: Showing That Killer InstinctBuilt like a full grown man, Edrice Adebayo has shown over the past two weeks that he belongs in that group of top players in the class of 2016. Listed at 6-foot-9, 220 pounds, Adebayo is a monster on the glass, with post moves that have come a long way in the past couple months. He says that Kevin Garnett is a player he models his game after. Ranked No. 11 in the class of 2016 by 247 Sports, Adebayo has offers from UNC, NC State, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, Kansas, Wake Forest, Iowa State, East Carolina and Memphis. (Zag's Blog)
Video: Harry Giles is Back - 2014 Peach Jam MixtapeHarry Giles seems to have recovered nicely from knee surgery as he puts on a show at last weekend's Nike Peach Jam.
UNC reaches out to recent SMU decommit Matt McQuaidThe SMU Mustangs also suffered a hit to their 2015 recruiting class, when shooting guard Matt McQuaid decided to decommit and reopen his recruitment. "I feel like I just needed to take a step back and compare my options a little better and look at different schools," McQuaid said Wednesday. SMU will remain on McQuaid's list, but several other schools have already reached out. UNC, Virginia, Indiana, Texas, Baylor, LSU, Creighton and others are all showing interest. (CBS Sports)
Antonio Blakeney makes the jump to elite statusAntonio Blakeney has been a star in the state of Florida for a couple of years now, having averaged 24.8 points as a sophomore that earned first-team all-state honors. Blakeney found himself slowly creeping up the rankings throughout his junior season, but it wasn’t until May that he went from being another really good basketball player to the kind of prospect that everyone needs to pay attention. And it was one moment, captured on video, that made the statement for him. (NBC Sports)
Jalek Felton Drawing Serious Recruiting Interest2017 combo guard Jalek Felton (Mullins, S.C./Mullins) has been drawing some more interest of late, reports Justin Byerly. N.C. State, North Carolina, Florida, Wake Forest, Virginia, Wichita State and Michigan are the latest teams to reach out. Felton does not have any offers yet, but has six Crystal Ball predictions pointing to North Carolina. (Carolina Blue)
Harry Giles looking to regain his spot in 2016It wasn't long ago that Harry Giles III was considered the consensus best player in the class of 2016. In fact, many thought he was the best high school prospect to come along since Andrew Wiggins. Then came the injury. Giles tore his ACL, MCL and meniscus in his left knee, forcing him to miss 11 months. He returned at the EYBL Hampton event in May, but clearly wasn't the same player. Even at the Nike Peach Jam last week, he was probably only 85 percent. (CBS Sports)
Stephen Zimmerman's top seven, visit plansClass of 2015 center Stephen Zimmerman has narrowed down his choice of schools to a top seven, per ZagsBlog and SNY.tv. Kansas, UNLV, North Carolina, Indiana, Kentucky, UCLA, and Arizona have all made the 6-foot-11, 214-pound center's list. The 247Sports Composite five-star has also schedule three visits. (Carolina Blue)
Roy Williams offers 2016 SG Malik MonkRoy Williams offered a scholarship to 2016 5-star shooting guard Malik Monk (6-4, 180, Bentonville, Ark.) on Monday night according to multiple sources.
Williams got a first-hand look at Monk during last weekend's Peach Jam, where Monk put on a show for the coaches in attendance, even scoring a dominant 40 points in one of his games.
Monk is the first shooting guard in UNC's 2016 basketball recruiting class to receive a scholarship offer from Williams. Monk also hold offers from and is strongly considering Kentucky, Arkansas, and Kansas.
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Roy Williams offers 2015 center Skal LabissiereNorth Carolina is hunting for elite post players in the 2015 class, and Skal Labissiere is certainly one of them. He landed an offer from Tar Heel coach Roy Williams on Monday evening. Williams watched the 6-11 center from Cordova (Tenn.) Evangelical Christian School earlier this month at the Reebok Breakout Camp during the first July Evaluation Period. Labissiere is ranked the No. 10 prospect in the class by Scout.com. (Inside Carolina)
|Tracking Roy Williams on the Recruiting TrailSunday, April 24, 2016|
Watching 2019 F Matthew Hurt, 2017 PG Nick Weatherspoon, 2018 UNC PG commit Rechon Black, 2018 SF Jairus Hamilton, 2018 SG Zion Williamson at the adidas Uprising event in Atlanta, GA4/22/2016 - 4/23/2016
Watching 2017 UNC PG commit Jalek Felton, 2017 PG Trevon Duval, 2018 PG Devon Dotson, 2018 SF Cameron Reddish, 2017 C Mohamed Bamba, 2017 PF P.J. Washington, 2017 SG Brandon Randolph, 2017 SF Kevin Knox, 2017 SG Lonnie Walker in Indianapolis, INWednesday, April 20, 2016
Visiting previously offered 2017 5 star center Jeremiah Tilmon in La Porte, IndianaTuesday, April 19, 2016
On an in-home visit with 2017 SF Kevin Knox in Tampa, FLMonday, April 18, 2016
On an in-home visit with 2017 PF P.J. Washington in Dallas, TX
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