UNC Basketball Recruiting
Complete coverage of North Carolina Basketball Recruiting.
Video: New Jalek Felton Highlight Film
Highlights of 2017 UNC basketball commit Jalek Felton at the recent Under Armour Association event in New York:
EYBL Updates: Giles, Smith, Tatum, Rowan, Bradley, Bridges
The four-stop, Nike-affiliated Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) wrapped up its regular season Monday in Minneapolis. The top five teams in each of the four divisions are assured of advancing to the Peach Jam finals from July 15-19, and a Harry Giles-led CP3 squad finished an EYBL-best 15-2. Fayetteville point guard Dennis Smith Jr., who plays primarily for Team Loaded on the adidas circuit, appeared in nine EYBL games for Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway's Team Penny, which tied for third place in its division with an 11-6 record.
Jayson Tatum, the top recruit in the class of 2016, faces a tough choice
A week later Jayson’s high school off-season will begin two days too soon, when Chaminade loses in the state semifinals, but he has USA Basketball activities to attend, AAU ball to play—and a college to pick. He has narrowed his list to 10—Arizona, Connecticut, Duke, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Saint Louis and Wake Forest—and he’ll soon cut that number in half, with the goal of committing before November.
Maverick Rowan still considering reclassifying
Maverick Rowan's father, Ron, said his son is considering three options: stay at Cardinal Gibbons his final year, come back to Lincoln Park or graduate early and go to college. He has a number of scholarship options from big-time programs and his father said colleges have said they would find a place for his son if he decided to graduate early. That would mean those schools would find a scholarship for him in the 2015-16 season. Some of the schools that Rowan likes are Louisville, North Carolina, NC State, Wisconsin, UCLA, Pitt and West Virginia.
Video: New Seventh Woods Highlights
Highlights from 2016 5-star guard Seventh Woods at the Under Armour Association in New York. Woods holds a scholarship offer from North Carolina and recently said that UNC, South Carolina, and Florida are currently recruiting him the hardest
Minneapolis EYBL Day 1: Harry Giles, Dennis Smith
2016 power forward and North Carolina native Harry Giles continues to put up monster numbers in the EYBL. Playing with Team CP3, the 6-foot-10 Giles had 22 points, 13 rebounds and two steals in a close loss to the New York Lightning and it felt like he was even more productive than that. When Team Penny and 2016’s top point guard, Dennis Smith, battled Houston Hoops and 2016’s top perimeter defender, De’Aaron Fox it gave a chance to see how they would fare against each other.
UNC, Kansas, Duke, UCLA, Kentucky in mix for 2017 7-footer DeAndre Ayton
At 7-feet, 235 pounds with a game that resembles a young Kevin Garnett, it’s not hard to see why DeAndre Ayton is the consensus No. 1 player in the Class of 2017. As far as colleges, a Who’s Who of high-major programs are involved. “You got Kansas, North Carolina, Duke, UCLA, Kentucky...I mean all the big schools have really been working to talk to him.” On June 1, colleges can begin to contact Ayton directly and he knows his phone is going to blow up.
Edrice ‘Bam’ Adebayo Looking to Take More Visits, Cut List
As far as schools, Edrice Adebayo said he’s visited ECU, North Carolina, N.C. State, Duke and Virginia. “Just about the whole ACC,” he said. He has several more visits in mind, but wasn’t ready to disclose them. “I have to sit down and talk about it,” he said. Peartree said Adebayo could soon cut his list. “By mid-summer, end of the summer, we’ll try to put out a list,” he said.
Seventh Woods Says North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida Recruiting Him Hardest
Seventh Woods, the 6-foot-2 point guard from the Columbia (S.C.) Hammond School, said three schools are working the hardest for his services. “I’m wide open as a decision, but probably recruiting me the hardest, Florida just came on strong, North Carolina, South Carolina, a couple more,” he said. UNC just received its Notice of Allegations from the NCAA, but remains in the mix for Woods. Woods was asked if that would factor into his decision. “A little bit,” he said.
UNC a dream school for Kenny Williams
It took Kenny Williams a week, but then he realized what he needed to do. Williams, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard, had committed to play basketball at Virginia Commonwealth University back in August 2014 – just as he was beginning his senior year of high school at Lloyd C. Bird High School in Chesterfield, Virginia.
Kenny Williams to play in Mary Kline Classic
North Carolina recruit Kenny Williams has been added to the roster of the Mary Kline Classic game. Williams was a late add to the Class of 2015 recruiting coup for Roy Williams and the Tar Heels. Williams is known as a great shooter and will be a valuable addition to next year’s roster.
Tevin Mack Commits to Texas
Tevin Mack, who originally committed and signed with Shaka Smart at VCU, has opted to follow him to Texas, he tells Scout. “I chose them because I signed to play for coach Smart in the beginning,” Mack said. “I wanted to stay with him and follow him and stick with the same plan. It feels like a great fit.” Mack, who ranks No. 65 overall and No. 11 at the small forward position, took an official visit to Texas on May 8th and 9th.
Video: Dennis Smith Jr. and Edrice Adebayo connect on an off the backboard alley-oop
Dennis Smith Jr. is one of the most exciting players to watch in the Class of 2016. The uncommitted point guard showed why in this 20-second span for Team Loaded NC at the Southern Jam Fest this weekend. Two steals from his teammate led to two highlights. First, a powerful one-handed jam from the 6-foot-2 Smith. That was followed by Smith eluding a defender with an up-and-under before lobbing the ball of the backboard for the trailing Edrice ‘Bam’ Adebayo.
Luke Maye Eager For The Challenge
Finding out he’ll be on scholarship all four years at North Carolina didn’t change much for Luke Maye. He’s still looking forward to playing for the school he rooted for growing up. He still wants to prove he’s good enough to compete in the ACC. He still is working to improve his overall game. The scholarship did, however, provide some validation. “I never really put a lot of focus on the scholarship when I committed,” Maye said.
Edrice "Bam Bam" Adebayo shows why the nickname fits at adidas Gauntlet
From Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick “Swaggy P” Young to Shaquille O’Neal’s “The Big Aristotle” the myriad of truly bad, head-scratching nicknames has been around the game of basketball for quite a while. That’s why it’s refreshing to come across an alias at the adidas Gauntlet that just makes perfect sense. Team Loaded (N.C.) forward Edrice Adebayo goes by “Bam Bam” and though his on-court prowess wasn’t how the name originated it’s absolutely applicable.