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College Basketball Recruiting News & Notes

We thought we'd try something new and begin expanding our coverage to follow some of the higher-profile national recruiting battles that aren't necessarily UNC related. Have a look at THT's new College Basketball Recruiting Section and let us know what you think and how we can improve it. (College Basketball Recruiting News & Notes)

UNC an anomaly in college basketball's transfer climate

Roughly two players per Division I team are transferring each year. Since Roy Williams returned to his alma mater before the 2003-04 season, the Tar Heels' only transfers are California natives Alex Stepheson, David Wear, Travis Wear and Larry Drew. Add in four transfers at Kansas, and Williams has had just eight in 28 seasons as a head coach. (Fayetteville Observer)

Is Brice Johnson being undervalued by NBA Draft experts?

After a one of the more productive senior seasons in recent UNC basketball history you would think 6-10, 230-pound forward Brice Johnson would be a hot commodity for NBA teams. While Johnson will most certainly be drafted, his stock is not as high as many think it should be. (Carolina Blue)

Brice Johnson NBA Draft Scouting Report and Video Breakdown

An emotional player who came into his own as a senior, there's a lot to like about Brice Johnson as an NBA prospect. He still has some things to iron out and has some upside, which is saying something given that he was one of the most impactful players in college basketball last season. Johnson figures to hear his name called in the first round come draft day (Draft Express)

Roy Williams keeping an eye on 2017 PG Nick Weatherspoon

Four-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)

Three Tar Heels hold invitations to NBA combine

North Carolina will be represented at the 2016 NBA Combine on May 11-15 in Chicago. The combine is an invitation-only event and a great chance for prospects to improve their draft stock before the June 23rd draft. According to Jeff Goodman of ESPN, Marcus Paige, Brice Johnson, and Justin Jackson were all invited to the NBA combine. (Carolina Blue)

UNC’s ceiling/floor will be determined by Jackson and Meeks

UNC's chances of returning to the Final Four will be drastically affected by what happens in the next three-and-a-half weeks. Between now and the May 25 deadline to withdraw from the NBA Draft, rising junior Justin Jackson and rising senior Kennedy Meeks will be working out and gathering information as they consider their options of bolting for the next level. (Today's U)

Justin Jackson Invited to NBA Combine

The NBA Draft Combine runs May 11-15 in Chicago and invitations have begun to go out. UNC's Justin Jackson is among those invited. Here is a list of all invitees to date. The NBA announced Monday that 162 players have filed as early entry candidates for the 2016 NBA Draft. Less than half of that total number are expected to be invited to Chicago. (Zag's Blog)

Maryland, UNC, Kansas, Kentucky Products Lead NBA Draft Combine Invitations

Maryland (4), North Carolina (3), Kansas (3), and Kentucky (3) lead the way in terms of players being invited to the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago May 11-15. North Carolina's Justin Jackson, Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige were all invited. Johnson is the only one projected by DraftExpress.com to be chosen in 2016, at No. 31. (Zag's Blog)

2016 NBA Draft: Brice Johnson's senior season improved his stock

Brice Johnson was one of the faces of college basketball this season. From dominant 30-point, 20-rebound outings to making first team All-America to leading UNC to the national championship game, Johnson was not only possibly the most improved player in college basketball this season, but he simply might have been the best big man in the sport. (CBS Sports)

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