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UNC Women's Basketball Recruiting

Complete coverage of North Carolina Women's Basketball Recruiting.

Leah Church fulfills dream, signs with UNC Women's Basketball

Surrounded by her family, friends, teammates and coaches, Leah Church signed her national letter of intent to play basketball at UNC. She’s been a Tar Heel fan her whole life and first met UNC Coach Sylvia Hatchell when she was seven years old at basketball camp in Chapel Hill. Next winter, she’ll have the chance to suit up for Hatchell in Carmichael Auditorium. (Wilkes Journal-Patriot)

UNC Women's Basketball Signs Three On National Signing Day

Three high school seniors have signed National Letters of Intent to play women’s basketball for the University of North Carolina, announced Wednesday by head coach Sylvia Hatchell. The three members of the class of 2021 are Janelle Bailey of Matthews, North Carolina, Leah Church of Purlear, North Carolina and Jaelynn Murray of Columbia, South Carolina. (GoHeels.com)

Jaelynn Murray Signs with UNC Women's Basketball

Jaelynn Murray will be wearing a different shade of blue next season. The Dreher (Columbia, SC) forward signed her letter of intent to play basketball at North Carolina on Wednesday during the first day of the early signing period. Murray had been committed to UNC since visiting there in September. “When I was on my visit, it was like heaven,” Murray said. Murray also had an offer from Duke. (The State)

Point guard Makaela Kestner commits to UNC women's basketball

Point guard Makaela Kestner announced Monday that she verbally committed to the University of North Carolina women's basketball team. Tar Heels coaches offered her a scholarship Sept. 1 during a visit to her Bealeton (Va.) home. UNC was one of more than 50 teams that showed serious interest in Kestner, making her the most highly-recruited girls basketball player in Fauquier County history. (Fauquier Times)

Jaelynn Murray commits to North Carolina women's basketball

Jaelynn Murray will trade her Dreher blue for Tar Heel blue next season. The Dreher (Columbia, SC) senior forward committed to play basketball at North Carolina over the weekend. UNC offered Murray back in July. The 6-foot-2 Murray averaged 18.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game last year in helping Dreher to the Class 3A state championship. (The State)

Providence Day girls basketball star Janelle Bailey commits to UNC

Providence Day All-America girls basketball player Janelle Bailey has committed to North Carolina. Bailey, a 6-4 senior center, is a three-time all-state pick. Last season, she averaged 16.8 points and 8.8 rebounds and led the Chargers to their seventh straight 3A state championship and a 27-2 record. She had more than 50 Division I college scholarship offers. (Charlotte Observer)

Cardinal Gibbons All-Time Leading Scorer Commits To UNC Women's Basketball

Olivia Smith will follow in the footsteps of her three older sisters and enroll at North Carolina. Smith will be another addition to the UNC women’s basketball team’s 13th-ranked recruiting class, according to ESPN. She was a four-year starter at Cardinal Gibbons High School and compiled career totals of 1,709 points, 736 rebounds, 288 steals and 136 assists. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC Women's Basketball Signs Highly-Touted Recruiting Class

UNC women’s basketball signed seven high school seniors to National Letters of Intent Wednesday: Shayla Bennett of Piedmont, S.C., Jhileya Dunlap of Hopkins, S.C., Jocelyn Jones of Richmond, Va., Taylor Koenen of Savage, Minn., Alyssa Okoene of Houston, Texas, Emily Sullivan of Newburgh, Ind., and Naomi Van Nes of Hamden, Conn. The class is ranked 13th in the nation by ESPN. (GoHeels.com)

Emily Sullivan Commits to UNC Women's Basketball

Emily Sullivan will return to the Tar Heel State. The Memorial High School senior spent nearly a decade living in Cary, North Carolina, before she moved to Evansville the summer before her freshman year. On Sunday, after an official visit in Chapel Hill, Sullivan made an oral commitment to play for the UNC women's basketball team. "I was born in Texas but moved to North Carolina when I was 3," she said. "I grew up going to a lot of the (UNC) games thinking it was the greatest thing ever." (Evansville Courier & Press)

Shayla Bennett Commits to North Carolina Women's Basketball

Christ Church (Greenville, SC) junior Shayla Bennett, who led the Cavaliers to the Class A state championship in March, has committed to play college basketball at the University of North Carolina. Bennett announced her decision at the school Tuesday in front of a large gathering of family members and fellow students. Bennett chose the Tar Heels over Florida and Wake Forest. This past season, The 5-foot-11 Bennett led the Cavaliers to a 27-2 record and was chosen Class A and Greenville County Player of the Year. (Greenville News)

Paris Kea, Destinee Walker Named To USA Basketball U19 Trials

North Carolina’s Paris Kea and Destinee Walker have accepted invitations to attend the 2015 USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Championship Team Trials, USA Basketball today announced. Trials to select the 12-member USA squad will be held May 14-17 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Kea recently transferred to UNC from Vanderbilt, while Walker will begin her Tar Heel career this fall as a freshman. (GoHeels.com)

Weddington’s Stephanie Watts, Kinston’s Brandon Ingram named Ms., Mr. Basketball in NC

A pair of McDonald’s All-Americans are Mr. and Ms. Basketball in North Carolina. The awards recognize the top high school senior boy and girl for stellar playing careers. Weddington’s Stephanie Watts, a 5-foot-9 guard, is the state’s Ms. Basketball . Kinston’s Brandon Ingram, a 6-9 forward, is Mr. Basketball. (Charlotte Observer)

Stephanie Watts earns Gatorade Player of the Year honors

She averaged 29.1 points, 8.8 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 4.7 steals and 2.4 blocks per game this past season, leading the Warriors (29-2) to the Class 3A regional finals. A McDonald's All-American Game and Jordan Brand Classic selection, Watts shot 45.6 percent from the field, 40.9 percent from 3-point range and 75.3 percent from the free-throw line. (WCNC)

Ingram, Maye, Watts lead North Carolina AP all-state basketball teams

Kinston's Brandon Ingram, Charlotte Hough's Luke Maye and Weddington's Stephanie Watts were the leading vote-getters for the 2014-15 Associated Press all-state prep basketball teams for North Carolina. Ingram and Maye each earned 21 of a possible 22 votes to lead the men's team. Watts earned 20 votes to lead the women. Ingram, a McDonald's All-American, is still undecided on his college choice, while Maye and Watts are both committed to UNC. (High School OT)

Walker, Watts Play Wednesday In Women's McDonald's Game

A basketball rite of passage, the annual McDonald’s All American game will take place on Wednesday at the United Center. ESPNU has the broadcast at 6:30 p.m. and will feature North Carolina signees Destinee Walker and Stephanie Watts. Walker and Watts will play together on the west team. Both players were named Naismith All-America’s this season, and are scheduled to play in the 2015 Jordan Brand Classic from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Friday, April 17 at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN3. (GoHeels.com)

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