Roy Williams Watches Jarred VanderbiltThe McDonald's Classic Basketball Tournament, which attracts both local schools and powerhouse teams from out-of-the-area, got a surprise visit from North Carolina head coach Roy Williams. Williams stunned fans when he appeared at Eastwood High School for the Victory Prep (Houston) vs. Balboa City (San Diego) game to scout Victory Prep's Jarred Vanderbilt. (KVIA.com)
Jalek Felton's buzzer-beating 3-pointer caps emotional nightJalek Felton had a lot on his mind coming into Thursday’s game with Huntington Prep. A couple of days ago, Felton’s great-grandmother, Jessie McFadden, passed away, and he wanted to play in her memory. The UNC commit scored 26 of his 30 points in the second half and banked a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the War Eagles to an 80-79 victory. Felton also was playing in front of his uncle, Los Angeles Clipper guard Raymond Felton. (The State)
Kevin Knox is Mr. Popularity ever since his friends committed to collegesKevin Knox has never felt more popular in his life. Over the last three weeks, five of the top 25 basketball players in the country have made decisions on where they’ll attend college. All seem to have their sights set on Knox. Knox embraces his heightened popularity, as long as no one uses those two words that make him cringe: Package deal. “Package deals aren’t my thing,” Knox said. (USA Today)
Knox, Vanderbilt among top 2017 basketball recruits remainingKevin Knox has taken an official visit to Duke (Oct. 29) and has scheduled visits with his other finalists -- Florida State (Jan. 7), Kentucky (Jan. 28) and North Carolina (Feb. 4). Knox also took an unofficial visit to Florida State the weekend of November 26th. Jarred Vanderbilt took an official visit to UNC the weekend of October 15th and visited Kentucky the next weekend. (Scout.com)
Video: Zion Williamson Scores 41UNC's top 2018 basketball recruiting target, Zion Williamson, is arguably the best player in high school. He scored 41 points on Friday night at Carolina Day (Asheville, NC). Spartanburg Day won 75-60.
Video: Coby White Off-Day Workout No. 2Workout featuring Coby White (2018 UNC commit) , Elijah McCadden (Class of 2018), Dorieon Suggs (Class of 2017). Players from Greenfield School in Wilson, North Carolina get in the gym for an off-day workout.
Jalek Felton showing leadership at Gray CollegiateIs it any surprise that Jalek Felton committed to UNC more than two years ago? “It was all the great players who went to UNC,” said Felton, ranked as the nation’s No. 1 combo guard by the 247Sports Composite. “I want to win a national championship there. The family atmosphere I got from my first unofficial visit there. Since I was, I think, 5, I’ve been wearing North Carolina blue.” (USA Today)
Jarred Vanderbilt Discusses His RecruitmentFive-star small forward Jarred Vanderbilt is one of the nine five-star recruits that decided not to sign with a school during the early signing period. He did, however, take official visits to Kentucky and North Carolina already and could schedule more soon. Right now, Vanderbilt says Arizona, Houston, Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, Oregon, TCU and Texas are the schools in the mix. (Rivals.com)
Video: Zion Williamson Makes 43 Points Look EasyThe number 2 player in the Class of 2018, Zion Williamson was back in action recently as his Spartanburg Day Griffins took on Gaston Day from North Carolina. It was evident from the start that no one was going to stop Williamson has he repeatedly drove to the basket for the easy score. Ultimately the Griffins won as Williamson went on to score 43 points in the victory. Check out his highlights. (Ball Is Life)
Coby White tops updated PrepHoops NC Class of 2018 rankingsGreenfield School point guard Coby White is the top 2018 recruit in North Carolina, according to the latest rankings from Prep Hoops North Carolina. White committed to the Tar Heels last summer, just days after UNC coach Roy Williams offered him. White’s Greenfield team is 3-3 this season and plays a high-profile game Friday against reigning 2A state champs Fayetteville Village Christian. (Charlotte Observer)
Kevin Knox Blog: Kicking off the season, friends committing, and moreKevin Knox: I’m still looking at committing after the season. I’m gonna get to some games and see how the teams do. I’ve got two officials to FSU and Kentucky in January then I’ll finish it off in February at North Carolina. I’m looking forward to all of them. I just want to see how the teams play and see who sticks around after the season and who stays and things like that. (USA Today)
Bad breaks lead to big things for Pickerington Central's Sterling ManleySterling Manley had worked hard to get back on the court from a broken right tibia just five months earlier. This time, he was felled by a compound fracture of the left tibia. Amazingly, almost exactly nine months after that horrifying night, Manley signed a national letter of intent to play for five-time NCAA champion North Carolina. The timeline of Manley’s meteoric ascent was just as incredible. (Columbus Dispatch)
Top basketball recruit Zion Williamson dreaming big at Tournament of ChampionsZion Williamson is the best player this week at the Tournament of Champions, according to college basketball recruiting services. The junior from Spartanburg (S.C.) Day School ranks as high as No. 2 in the Class of 2018 by Scout.com. At 16 years old, Williamson already has 34 Division I scholarship offers, including ones from Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Clemson and Arizona. (Peoria Journal Star)
Video: Zion Williamson scores 50 against Proviso EastHighlights of 2018 UNC small forward recruit Zion WIlliamson's career-high, 50-point performance as Spartanburg Day School beats Proviso East 89-77 at Washington (IL) Tournament of Champions.
Video: Kevin Knox Scores 30 Points In 2 Quarters5-star SF Kevin Knox, UNC's top remaining 2017 recruiting target, scores 30 Points in only 2 quarters of play for Tampa Catholic after being forced to the bench for most of the game due to some questionable foul calls.
|Tracking Roy Williams on the Recruiting TrailThursday, January 19, 2017|
Watching 2019 4 star PF Jeremiah Robinson at his game in Coffeyville, KSTuesday, January 17, 2017
Visiting 2018 5 star SG Romeo Langford (UNC offer) at New Albany High School in New Albany, INSaturday, January 14, 2017
Watching 2019 5 star SF Matthew Hurt (UNC offer) at his game in Rochester, MNThursday, January 05, 2017
Watching 2018 UNC PG commit Coby White, 2019 SG Josh Nickelberry (UNC offer), and 2019 SF Joey Baker in their game at the Greenfield School in Wilson, NCThursday, December 29, 2016
Watching 2017 5 star SF Kevin Knox (UNC offer), 2018 SF Jairus Hamilton (UNC offer), and 2019 SF Wendell Moore (UNC offer) at the John Wall Invitational in Raleigh, NC
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