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)
Updated 2015 Scout.com Top 100Scout.com has a new No. 1 player in the 2015 class. After a strong spring Diamond Stone, a standout at Milwaukee (Wisc.) Dominican, moved his way up to the top spot in Scout.com’s updated top 100. He was No. 3 overall in the previous rankings. Stone is being strongly recruited by Duke, North Carolina, Connecticut, UCLA, Oklahoma State, Wisconsin and Marquette. Other players considered for the top spot included Ben Simmons, who checked in at No. 2, Ivan Rabb and Jaylen Brown. (Scout.com)
Video: Seventh Woods Spring HighlightsSpring highlights from 2016 shooting guard Seventh Woods. Woods holds an offer from UNC and was recently listed as the No. 20 overall player in the 2016 recruiting class by ESPN.com.
Tatum, Giles, Smith, Adebayo Among Updated 2016 ESPN Top 60ESPN recently updated their 2016 basketball recruiting Top-60, and there were several UNC recruits high on the list. Small forward Jayson Tatum (St. Louis, Mo.) was the highest UNC recruit on the list at No. 3, followed closely by power forward Harry Giles (Winston-Salem, NC) at No. 5.
Fayetteville, NC point guard Dennis Smith, Jr. is also in the top-10 at No. 9, while power forward Edrice Adebayo (Pinetown, NC) sits at No. 12. Ultra-athletic guard Seventh Woods from Columbia, SC also made the list and is ranked No. 20.
Each of those players currently hold a scholarship offer from Roy Williams except for Smith, who should be receiving an offer shortly once he has a chance to meet with Williams in person on a soon-to-be-scheduled campus visit. You can view the complete 2016 ESPN Top 60 here.
Other recruits expected to receive UNC interest this summer include No. 1 Thon Maker, a 7-foot center from Martinsville, VA, shooting guard Malik Monk (Bentonville, AR), small forward V.J. King (Akron, OH), and shooting guard Amir Coffey (Minnetonka, MN).
View UNC's 2016 basketball recruiting board here.
Harry Giles Blog: Summer UpdateHarry Giles: "My sophomore year was cool, but it was tough. I didn't have basketball all year and that's something I never experienced in my life. It's tough because my boys Theo Pinson and JaQuel Richmond won't be there anymore, but I think we'll still be OK. I've still been keeping in touch with the college coaches of course. All the coaches keep telling me that they're going to be calling me on June 15 because that's the first day that coaches can start calling 2016 recruits." (USA Today)
Seven takeaways from the Pangos All-American CampStephen Zimmerman is a well-rounded big man: There have been questions surrounding Zimmerman all spring about his speed decreasing as he added weight to his 7-foot frame, but the lefty big man from Las Vegas has a tremendous skill set. Zimmerman’s added muscle allowed him to make plays more frequently in the post and he’s also confident as a ball-handler in the open floor. He runs really well end-to-end and can knock in jumpers from the short corner or elbow while also dropping in hooks. (NBC Sports)
Freshman Orientation: Joel BerryJoel Berry will hit Chapel Hill in a little over two weeks as he makes the transition from high school star (two-time state champion and three-time Gatorade Player of the Year in Florida) to college student-athlete. He’s stayed in contact with Carolina assistant C.B. McGrath and is prepared to take the next step in his basketball career. At 6’0, 185 pounds, Berry is a strong point guard with the ability to draw defenders and then find open teammates or take the ball inside himself. (GoHeels.com)
FABC picks Joel Berry II as king of basketball courtLake Highland Prep’s Joel Berry, a senior, was named the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches King of the Court as the state's top player. Berry, who has signed with North Carolina, led the Highlanders (28-4) to the 4A state championship, averaging 24.9 points, 8.9 rebounds. He was previously named the FABC’s 4A player of the year. (Orlando Sentinel)
Spring Recap: Five on the RiseHenry Ellenson competes for Wisconsin-based Playground Elite on the EYBL circuit and at times has outplayed established elites head to head such as Ivan Rabb and Stephen Zimmerman. He'll need to prove he can succeed in those scenarios now that he's going to be a marked man himself, but he appears up to the challenge. The power forward's game doesn't fit into the common categories. He isn't a low-post player yet also isn't a stretch. (Scout.com)
Freshman Orientation: Justin JacksonJustin Jackson could be putting his feet up right now. The incoming freshman graduated from high school three weeks ago and won’t get to Carolina until the third week of June, in time for the second summer session. High school has ended, and college hasn’t yet begun. It’s that rare time of no responsibilities. Or, it could be. But Jackson isn’t sitting back and resting up before the grind begins. “I’m in the weight room Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and then Tuesdays and Thursdays I’m on the court doing court work,” he says from his home in Tomball, Texas. (GoHeels.com)
EYBL top performer statisticsAfter this past weekend's Minneapolis tournament, the EYBL (Elite Youth Basketball League) slows down until the invite-only Peach Jam on July 16th-20th in Atlanta. The four events this spring were: Sacramento April 25th-27th, Dallas May 10th-11th, Hampton May 17th-18th, Minneapolis May 24th-27th. Among the top-performing UNC recruits to date are Malik Newman, Antonio Blakeney, Jayson Tatum, Henry Ellenson, and Caleb Swanigan. (Carolina Blue)
Video: Stephen Zimmerman EYBL HighlightsHighlights from 2015 5-star center Stephen Zimmerman from this Spring's EYBL circuit. Zimmerman holds an offer from UNC and lists the Tar Heels among his top-8 favorites.
UNC among top suitors for Matt RyanMatt Ryan is on the shelf following hip surgery, but he’s still focused on his recruitment. The 6-foot-6 2015 small forward from Iona Prep told SNY.tv he’s focusing on six schools and that Notre Dame remains the “strong favorite.” “I’m not saying an official list but I’m mainly talking to Duke, Carolina, Notre Dame, Michigan, Stanford and Marquette,” he told SNY.tv. at the Frankie Williams Charity Classic. “Those are probably the top six right now.” (Zag's Blog)
Video: Edrice Adebayo EYBL Minneapolis HighlightsHighlights of 2016 power forward Edrice Adebayo from this spring's recent EYBL event in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Adebayo holds an offer from UNC and is seriously considering the Tar Heels.
Video: Theo Pinson High School Mix TapeHigh school highlights of 2014 North Carolina basketball commit Theo Pinson. Pinson will join the Tar Heels this fall along with fellow incoming freshmen Joel Berry and Justin Jackson.
|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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