A Look Back at the Best High School Basketball Programs in History
Oak Hill Academy's 1993 undefeated and national title-winning team, which had an average margin of victory of 32 points, sent eight players to Division I schools with four going on to the NBA. Stars Jerry Stackhouse, Jeff McInnis and Makhtar Ndiaye were on the squad. Oh, and Ty Lawson, Kevin Durant, Rajon Rondo, and Carmelo Anthony are also alumni.
Landing four-star prep player Justin Jackson 'huge' for Maryland basketball
Justin Jackson’s addition to Maryland's recruiting class that included two other four-star recruits, 6-6 wing Kevin Huerter and 5-11 point guard Anthony Cowan Jr., as well as 6-7 forward Micah Thomas, a three-star recruit, helped the Terps jump from No. 21 overall to No. 9 in the country. Maryland also added 6-7 forward L.G. Gill, a graduate transfer from Duquesne.
UNC-Virginia Postgame Notes
The 45 points are the most by the Tar Heels against Virginia since a 48-20 win in 1997. QB Marquise Williams passed, ran and caught touchdowns today. He is the first Carolina quarterback to catch a touchdown pass since Kevin Anthony in 1984. WR Ryan Switzer returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown. The 85-yard return equals the fourth-longest punt return for a touchdown in UNC history.
Bryn Renner Recognized By Manning Award
UNC quarterback Bryn Renner was named one of eight Manning Award Stars of the Week. Renner tied the UNC single-game record with five touchdowns, a mark he shares with Darian Durant (at Arizona State in 2002) and Kevin Anthony (vs. Wake Forest 1985). Renner finished with a career-best 363 yards, which is the eighth-best single-game total in UNC history.
UNC Football Recruiting Week in Review
News and notes from the past week in UNC football recruiting:
-2013 UNC commit R.J. Prince, a 4-star offensive tackle from Albemarle, NC emailed me Monday night and says that he continues to get even bigger: "Got my physical and I'm now 6'8" 300 lbs!"
-2012 QB commit Kanler Coker discusses his decision to de-commit from ECU and join the Tar Heels in the latest entry to his recruiting journal
for Inside Carolina.
-Rising star QB Anthony Jennings excelled at the Atlanta Elite 11 competition
and hopes to visit UNC. Former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer had some great things to say
-UNC leads South Carolina
in the recruitment of Alan Knott, a 2013 offensive tackle recruit from Tyrone, GA (Sandy Creek).
-Connor Mitch, a 2013 4-star quarterback from Raleigh, NC (Wakefield), says that his two favorites are LSU and South Carolina
. Mitch wants to play early
, so perhaps UNC's depth at quarterback is hindering the Tar Heels' chances.
-2013 defensive end recruit Tyquan Lewis, from Tarboro, NC, says that UNC, Clemson and LSU are at the top of his list
. However, he also says he wants to play in the SEC
-2013 UNC running back commit Ryan Switzer was selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl
. Outside linebacker target LaChaston Smith, from Statesville, NC (South Iredell) was also named to the team
-2013 WR Corey Cooper, from Raleigh, NC (Millbrook), visited Georgia Tech over the weekend and tells UNC WR commit Jordan Fieulleteau that he plans to narrow down his list by early June
-2013 QB target Carlis Parker from Statesville, NC has committed to Virginia Tech
-UNC may be on the outside looking in for Lexington, NC running back Marquez Grayson, as he left the Tar Heels out of his top-3
of Clemson, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.
-The Florida Gators continue to be among the top poachers of North Carolina high school talent
, as they've got their eyes on Richmond County offensive lineman and UNC target Tyrone Crowder.
-UNC has also offered a scholarship to defensive tackle Keith Bryant, a University of Miami commit. I've not heard anything yet on his interest level.
That's it for this week. Please feel free to send us your feedback or questions for next week's recap.
Tyler Zeller, Harrison Barnes named NABC All-American, both jerseys will hang in rafters
The NABC All-America first team consists of Anthony Davis (Kentucky), Draymond Green (Michigan State), Doug McDermott (Creighton), Thomas Robinson (Kansas) and Jared Sullinger (Ohio State). The second team was Harrison Barnes (North Carolina), Marcus Denmon (Missouri), Kevin Jones (West Virginia), Kris Joseph (Syracuse) and Tyler Zeller (North Carolina).
Harrison Barnes generating considerable NBA buzz
UNC sophomore-to-be Harrison Barnes is generating considerable buzz related to his unofficial candidacy as the No. 1 overall choice for the 2012 NBA draft. The Tar Heels' small forward, whose early competition includes ultra-lanky Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis, reportedly raised some eyebrows while taking on Kevin Durant at a camp in Chicago (scroll to bottom of article)
Anthony Elzy out for Music City Bowl
North Carolina tailback Anthony Elzy did not travel with the team to Nashville, and will not play in the Thursday’s Music City Bowl, because he did not meet his obligations as a student athlete at UNC, team spokesman Kevin Best confirmed today. Without Elzy, Shaun Draughn, a senior, should get plenty of carries. Johnny White could also be a possibility.
2010 Hoophall Classic Players to Watch: Michael Gilchrist
Michael Gilchrist was named the New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year as a sophomore, averaging 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game, while playing an extremely challenging schedule with St Patrick's, one of the nation's elite programs. Gilchrist arrived at St. Patrick's as a big man, but has gradually transitioned to the perimeter, and by the time he graduates, he will have clocked time at every position from point guard through power forward. According to MaxPreps, he is projected to be 7-feet tall by the time he is 18. Comparisons range from Kevin Durant to Carmelo Anthony and Tracy McGrady.
Butch Davis tackles players' legal troubles
Butch Davis cleaned up a Miami football program rife with legal troubles in the 1990s. He has no intention of letting UNC's reputation drop to that level. Since the end of spring practice, running back Anthony Elzy has been charged with marijuana possession, defensive end Donte Paige-Moss with simple assault and former guard Kevin Bryant with assault on a female. With three court dates looming this month for those individuals, Davis spoke about protecting the Tar Heels' image.
T.J. Yates Named Progress Energy Tar Heel Of The Week
Redshirt freshman quarterback T.J. Yates threw for three touchdowns for the third time in as many games and went over 300 yards passing for the second straight week in Carolina's 22-20 loss to Virginia. The 339 yards by Yates are the most passing and most total offense yards ever by a Tar Heel against Virginia. The previous passing high was 281 by Kevin Anthony in 1984.