UNC Basketball Recruiting

Dennis Smith, Edrice Adebayo in adidas Uprising semifinals

Team Loaded North Carolina, with Fayetteville's Dennis Smith Jr. as its point guard, reached the adidas Uprising Summer Championships' 17U Gold bracket semifinals with a 78-58 win over Raleigh's Garner Road on Saturday in Las Vegas. Smith had 15 points and eight assists as Team Loaded North Carolina improved to 5-0 in the event. Power forward Edrice Adebayo, another highly regarded Class of 2016 recruit, scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. (Fayetteville Observer)

Kentucky Offers 2016 Five-Star Big Man Edrice Adebayo

Five-star 2016 power forward Edrice “Bam” Adebayo announced via Twitter that the Wildcats had officially offered him. Adebayo is a 6’9?, 232 lbs. North Carolina native, who is ranked as the No. 4 power forward and No. 14 prospect overall in 2016, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Adebayo doesn’t plan on narrowing down his recruitment until next spring, but Louisville, North Carolina and N.C. State have been pursuing him the hardest up to this point. (Kentucky Sports Connection)

Decision on top schools coming soon from Malik Monk

Malik Monk is rated the No. 1 shooting guard and No. 5 overall prospect in the nation by ESPN. After Wednesday's game, he turned his focus to playing in the prestigious Chris Paul The 8 tournament in Las Vegas. Monk plans to announce his top schools after returning to Arkansas, but it will go beyond five schools and include the Razorbacks. Malik Monk said he knows what he wants in a school. "Good coaching on and off the court, good teammates and just an up-and-down pace." (Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

Battle of Borders: Markelle Fultz

The summer rise of Markelle Fultz has been impressive, and he continues that with his play on Wednesday. Fultz was in total control and showed why he is one of the top prospects in the country. Fultz is close to narrowing his list, but hasn’t done so yet. At the game Wednesday was Washington coach Lorenzo Romar, Maryland’s Mark Turgeon, and Ohio State’s Thad Matta along assistants from Arizona, Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, and NC State. (Inside Carolina)

Sacha Killeya-Jones talks recruiting at adidas event

Forward Sacha Killeya-Jones' stock has been on the rise in the basketball recruiting world, and it will only continue to do so after his strong showing at the adidas Summer Championship in Las Vegas. Killeya-Jones is a four-star prospect according to the 247Sports Composite, but 247Sports is the lone outlet to have him rated a five-star prospect (Carolina Blue)

Rawle Alkins talks recruitment, his legacy, comparisons to Lance Stephenson

For a variety of reasons New York City is no longer home to the best basketball talent in the country. However, every so often there is a special talent who reminds people that New York is still capable of producing high-level, game-changing phenoms. In the 2016 class, Brooklyn native Rawle Alkins appears to be doing just that. (Rumble In The Garden)

Before fully committing, Jalek Felton wants a chat with UNC coaches about NCAA violations

Back in 2005, Jalek Felton watched his uncle Raymond Felton, now a point guard for the Dallas Mavericks, pose for sweat-soaked snapshots after helping North Carolina to its first national title since 1995. As an eighth grader, Jalek’s Team Felton AAU coach Fred Cannon had he and his teammates write down five schools they’d want to play for in college, to which Felton jotted down “North Carolina” five times. (USA Today)

Las Vegas Recap: Dennis Smith

Dennis Smith missed just one shot in his first day match up with the Big Ballers. Smith scored 14 points on 7-for-8 shooting. The 6-foot-2 guard is fast, athletic and has tremendous body control. He sliced his way to the rim, played well through contact and showed he could adjust his shots well at the rim. Smith drew Mark Gottfried, John Calipari, Danny Manning and assistants from Louisville and North Carolina at his opening round game. (

Video: Terrance Ferguson Under Armour Finals Highlights

Recent highlights of 2016 shooting guard Terrance Ferguson from the Under Armour Finals in Atlanta. Ferguson holds a scholarship offer from North Carolina and is also considering Kansas, Alabama, Baylor, Florida, and Louisville, among others (View Video...)

Markelle Fultz embraces being overlooked

Markelle Fultz is now fielding offers from more than 20 colleges, including Arizona, Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, and Louisville. And he has kept close tabs on his own rankings among the national class of 2016, which currently sits at 21st on and 23rd on “On the court I try not to think about the rankings,” said Fultz. “But off the court, I look at it a lot, just trying to see my position and see what I have to do to get better. And to see who is in front of me.” (USA Today)

Rawle Alkins prepping for big decisions

Rawle Alkins is in no rush to pick a college, understanding the decision has a long term impact on his future. “I just don’t want to hurry up and commit and get these colleges off my back,” Alkins said. “At the end of the day, it is the biggest decision of my life.” The choice hasn’t taken his focus away from basketball. Alkins, who recently picked up an offer from North Carolina, had all three St. John’s coaches watching him at the Adidas Uprising All-American Camp last week. (Brooklyn Daily)

Video: Harry Giles Peach Jam Highlights

Highlights of power forward Harry Giles at the recent Peach Jam event. Giles is one of the top targets in UNC's 2016 basketball recruiting class and has a top 5 list of schools consisting of Duke, UNC, Wake Forest, Kansas, and Kentucky. (View Video...)

Luke Maye has big game in East-West All-Star Game loss

The two Charlotte-area players in Monday’s East-West all-star game in Greensboro had huge games, but it was not enough as the East held on to the beat the West 122-115. North Meck’s C.J. Bryce, a UNC-Wilmington recruit, led the West with 22 points. Luke Maye of Hough, a UNC recruit, had 16 points and 15 rebounds. N.C. State recruit Shawn Kirk of Whiteville scored eight of the East’s final 14 points to get the win. (Charlotte Observer)

Harry Giles Announces Top Five

Elite power forward Harry Giles has announced his top five schools on Twitter. This top five of Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina and Wake Forest comes as no surprise for Giles, 6-10, 210-pounds from High Point (N.C.) Wesleyan Christian High School. Duke, however is considered a heavy favorite by many, especially after the Duke commitment by Jayson Tatum. (Carolina Blue)

Second July Eval Period: Top Performers

There is only one word to describe Tony Bradley, and that is “solid”. At the Nike Global Challenge Bradley was one of the most efficient and consistent big men in the event. He showed off his great hands, good touch around the rim, and even mixed in some mid-range jumpers. Also Bradley was one of the best rebounders at the event. Recruiting wise Bradley doesn’t like to talk too much, but Kansas, North Carolina, Florida, and Florida State were constantly at his games. (

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Where's Roy?
Tracking Roy Williams on the Recruiting Trail

Monday, November 02, 2015
Watching 2016 combo guard Seventh Woods work out at Hammond School in Columbia, SC

Thursday, October 15, 2015
Watching 2016 combo guard Seventh Woods work out at Hammond School in Columbia, SC

Monday, September 28, 2015
On an in-home visit with 4-star stretch forward Lauri Markkanen in Helsinki, Finland.

Thursday, September 17, 2015
On an in-home visit with 2016 4-star center Udoka Azubuike in Jacksonville, FL

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Visiting 2016 PF Harry Giles at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, VA

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