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Analysis: 2017 SG Brandon RandolphNorth Carolina offered two 2017 shooting guards this week. This brings the total number of players the Tar Heels have offered this cycle to eight. UNC already has one commitment in 2017 from combo guard Jalek Felton Brandon Randolph (Yonkers, NY/Westtown School) and Andrew Platek (Northfield, MA/Northfield Mount Hermon) got the call this week from Roy Williams and UNC. (Carolina Blue)
Roy Williams keeping an eye on 2017 PG Nick WeatherspoonFour-star point guard Nick Weatherspoon had a big weekend in Atlanta at the second stop of the Adidas Gauntlet. The Mississippi native averaged 25.8 points, 4.8 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game for MBA Hoops. Weatherspoon already had a healthy list of schools involved in his recruitment, but North Carolina became involved over the weekend and Roy Williams finished the weekend watching him play. (Rivals.com)
Kevin Knox says he has no favorites at the momentKevin Knox said the only reason he visited Duke and UNC so early in the process is because he was in the area to visit his grandfather. He also said Kentucky has been in regular contact since the beginning of his high school season and it didn’t really matter that the scholarship offer came so much later than some other schools. “As of now, I’m open to everyone. I really have no favorites,” he said. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
UNC offers 2017 sharp shooter Andrew Platek2017 shooting guard Andrew Platek announced on Twitter that he has been offered by North Carolina. Platek, 6-4, 190-pounds from Northfield (Mass.) Northfield Mount Hermon High School, has established himself as one of the top shooters in the 2017 class. He will rise from his No. 163 ranking in the 247Sports Composite. (Carolina Blue)
Too tall to play quarterback, Kevin Knox became a 5-star basketball recruit insteadThe scariest thing about Kevin Knox's origin story is that it's not even close to being complete. He doesn't turn 17 years old until August and already stands 6'9 with a 7-foot wingspan and a size-18 shoe. He's grown two inches every year since entering high school and isn't finished yet. Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina have each offered and told him he's a priority on the wing. (SB Nation)
Roy Williams Offers 2017 SG Brandon RandolphBrandon Randolph continues to pile up high-major offers after a strong start on the Nike EYBL circuit. The 6-foot-6, 175-pound Class of 2017 shooting guard from the PSA Cardinals picked up offers from North Carolina and Oregon on Tuesday. That came after he added offers last week from Arizona, Villanova, Syracuse, Kansas, Notre Dame and DePaul. (Zag's Blog)
Video: Rechon Black Discusses Spring, UNCRechon Black, who is averaging 8.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists through seven games in the adidas Gauntlet series, talked to Scout about his development and what it's been like since he made his early pledge to UNC.
Second Evaluation Period Top PerformersMohamed Bamba continues to assert himself as one of the best players on the EYBL circuit. Bamba has always possessed a ton of talent and a world of potential, but now he is beginning to turn that potential into consistent production. Currently Bamba isn’t really naming schools, but Kentucky, Duke, UNC, Villanova, Wake Forest, Kansas, and others seem to be showing a ton of attention. (Scout.com)
Six Takeaways from the Nike EYBL and Under Armour Association IndianapolisThe Nike EYBL and Under Armour Association made stops in the Indianapolis area this weekend during the second (and final) weekend college coaches could be out this spring for the live evaluation period. It meant that most of the elite players and top programs found their way to the area. Here’s a look at some storylines from the weekend, including a look at some of the top players in the class. (NBC Sports)
2017 PG Nick Weatherspoon Hears from UNCThere were plenty of impressive performances at the adidas Gauntlet this past weekend in Atlanta, but arguably the top overall performer was MBA Hoops 2017 guard Nick Weatherspoon. Weatherspoon told Scout that he’s hearing a lot from Mississippi State, Iowa State, NC State, Indiana and Ohio State. UNC called him for the first time this week and Louisville offered him a scholarship Sunday. (Scout.com)
High major schools recruiting 2018 forward Jairus HamiltonEarlier this month 2018 combination forward Jairus Hamilton entered Scout’s updated top 40 list at No. 29. During the second evaluation period at the adidas Gauntlet, the Concord (N.C.) Cannon School standout certainly lived up to that lofty ranking. Hamilton told Scout that UNC, South Carolina, Wake Forest, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Duke, Virginia and Kansas are among the schools involved in his recruitment. (Scout.com)
Video: Highlights of 2017 SF Kevin Knox from Nike EYBLKevin Knox is Scout's 6th ranked 2017 prospect. Here are highlights of Knox at the Nike EYBL, courtesy of Scout.com. Duke, Florida State, Kentucky and North Carolina are among the schools heavily involved with his recruitment.
Indy-area is recruiting central for college basketball this weekOh, the teams you could put together with the high school basketball talent coming to the Indianapolis area this weekend. Nike and Under Armour – two of the major players on the grassroots basketball scene – are bringing events to the metro area. The tournaments fall during the second and final NCAA evaluation period of the spring, meaning college coaches will be front and center for the action. (Indianapolis Star)
Mohamed Bamba aims to narrow list by AugustOn the recruiting front, UNC, Wake Forest, Duke, UConn and Indiana saw 2017 center Mohamed Bamba recently at the Westtown (Pa.) School. His last visit was to Villanova. Bamba continues to talk to his close friend Wendell Carter Jr., about possibly teaming up -- with Duke a serious contender for both. Bamba said he hopes to cut his list by end of summer. (Zag's Blog)
|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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