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)
Will UNC pursue 2014 SG Elijah Stewart?Elijah Stewart can play, as he has a rangy frame and is a terrific jump-shooter. He’s an explosive athlete who can compete and perform in any conference. He loves to attack the rim in combination with his jumper, which makes him hard to guard. An area of improvement would be his ball handling, as he attacks with speed more than control. UNC has inquired, as have USC, UCLA and many other programs. If Tar Heels go after him hard, they will get a visit. (ESPN.com)
Video: Interview with Joel Berry II, USA Junior National Select Team member2014 USA Basketball Junior National Select Team member Joel Berry II is preparing in Portland, Ore., this week for the 2014 Nike Hoop Summit. The Nike Hoop Summit will be televised nationally on April 14 at 7 pm ET on ESPN2.
Joel Berry in Portland for Nike Hoop Summit, then to Jordan Brand gameAfter a strong showing in the McDonald’s All-American Game, Lake Highland Prep senior point guard Joel Berry II has two more big basketball games to go in his high school career. The North Carolina signee plays for the USA Basketball Junior National Select Team against the World Select Team in Saturday’s Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Ore. The game tips off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Next week, Berry plays at the April 18 Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn, New York. (Orlando Sentinel)
Berry, Pinson to play in Nike Hoop Summit April 12 on ESPNWith the McDonald's game now in the books, it's time for the Nike Hoop Summit which is being held this year in Portland, Oregon. This year, two future Tar Heels will be on display with Joel Berry and Theo Pinson joining USA Basketball representing their country. Practice started Wednesday, April 9 and continues through April 11, with the event being played at 7:00pm EST on April 12th. The game will be televised on the ESPN Network. (Tar Heel Illustrated)
Video: Justin Jackson 2013-14 Season HighlightsSenior season basketball highlights from 2014 North Carolina forward signee Justin Jackson.
Video: Joel Berry 2013-14 Season HighlightsSenior season basketball highlights from 2014 North Carolina point guard signee Joel Berry.
Video: Theo Pinson Ultimate Mix TapeOver four minutes of highlights from 2014 North Carolina small forward signee Theo Pinson. Pinson will add wing depth and athleticism to the Tar Heels when he arrives in Chapel Hill next season.
Joel Berry II becomes first three-time Florida Mr. BasketballLake Highland Prep senior Joel Berry II became the first three-time winner of the Florida Mr. Basketball award on Monday. Berry, a North Carolina signee who is also was selected as the Sentinel area Player of the Year as a sophomore, junior and senior, received 14 of 23 first place votes. Berry averaged 24.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.4 steals in leading Lake Highland to a repeat Class 4A state championship. (Orlando Sentinel)
UNC signee Joel Berry named Florida Class 4A all-state first-teamThe Florida Association of Basketball Coaches (FABC) and Source Hoops present the 2013-2014 Class 4A all-state team. Players were selected based on in-person evaluations, all-area teams selected by media from around the state, and recognition from the FABC. First Team: Joel Berry, 6-1, Sr., Lake Highland Prep. (Orlando Sentinel)
UNC Reaches Out to 2014 SG Elijah StewartUNC's 2014 basketball recruiting class may not be complete yet. According to Scout.com recruiting analyst Evan Daniels, "North Carolina is among the schools that reached out to Elijah Stewart."
Stewart, a 4-star shooting guard from Los Angeles, originally signed with Loyola Marymount in September but he recently asked for and received a release from his Letter of Intent after LMU coach Max Good was fired.
Besides UNC, Stewart is likely to be recruited by numerous schools with available scholarships, such as local Pac-12 programs USC and UCLA. At this point, there's little to be excited about regarding his recruitment. He has not yet received a scholarship offer from Roy Williams, and UNC's coaches are likely at the early stages of the process, speaking with his coaches, gauging his interest level, requesting transcripts, etc.
Still, this new development keeps open the door to Roy Williams landing the much-coveted outside shooter he was looking for UNC's 2014 recruiting class.
There aren't a lot of highlight videos of Stewart available online, but here's a clip of Stewart (wearing red) facing off against Arizona signee Stanley Johnson (wearing white) recently in the state playoffs:
Justin Jackson, Jahlil Okafor take over McDonald's gameJustin Jackson and Jahlil Okafor ended their high school careers with MVP trophies. The two five-star recruits took home MVP honors in the 2014 McDonald’s All-American game. Jackson finished with 23 points. Jackson is known for his efficiency and he held true to that in the game, finishing 11-for-14 from the field. Early in the game, Jackson scored off easy lay ups and transition finishes. He also hit a mid-range pull-up and a three-pointer. (Scout.com)
|Tracking Roy Williams on the Recruiting TrailMonday, November 02, 2015|
Watching 2016 combo guard Seventh Woods work out at Hammond School in Columbia, SCThursday, October 15, 2015
Watching 2016 combo guard Seventh Woods work out at Hammond School in Columbia, SCMonday, 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, VA
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