UNC Basketball Recruiting

Kenny Williams talks recruitment, experience at LeBron James Skills Academy

The summer of 2014 has been a bit of a whirlwind for class of 2015 L.C. Bird (Va.) guard and UNC recruiting target Kenny Williams. Williams spent last week in Las Vegas as a participant in the LeBron James Skills Academy. Inside the Hall sat down with the 6-foot-2 Williams to discuss his experience this summer and his overall recruitment. What are some of the schools that are recruiting you the hardest right now? “Georgetown, VCU, UNC, Michigan and Indiana, those are the hardest.” (Inside the Hall)

Roy Williams offers scholarship to Antonio Blakeney

Roy Williams has extended a scholarship offer to Antonio Blakeney, a 2015 5-star shooting guard from Orlando, FL according to recruiting analyst Evan Daniels.

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Antonio Blakeney tells Scout that he just got off the phone with Roy Williams. UNC officially offered him a scholarship.

Blakeney is the third shooting guard in UNC's 2015 basketball recruiting class to receive a scholarship offer, joining P.J. Dozier and Malik Newman. Blakeney also holds offers from Kentucky, Florida, Florida State, Kansas and Louisville, among others.

Antonio Blakeney Highlights

(Roy Williams offers scholarship to Antonio Blakeney)

UNC all in for a Woods, Smith 2016 backcourt?

There is no reason why North Carolina would not go all in on recruiting both five-stars Dennis Smith and Seventh Woods to play together in the same backcourt. Smith is from Fayetteville (NC) while Woods resides in Columbia (SC). Both players can play point guard, but in this scenario Smith would get more time at the point with Woods at the off guard or shooting guard position. Smith and Woods are friendly with each other and communicate regularly. Smith has picked up many offers over the spring and summer including Duke, Kansas, Wake Forest, Florida, Miami, N.C. State, and North Carolina. (Carolina Blue)

Video: Roy Williams watches 2015 center Skal Labissiere

Roy Williams and assistant C.B. McGrath were in Philadelphia on Saturday and got an up-close look at 2015 5-star big man Skal Labissiere (6-11, 215, Cordova, TN). Labissiere has not yet received an offer from the Tar Heels, but Memphis, Kentucky, and Georgetown have offered and are high on his list at the moment. (View Video...)

Diamond Stone discusses his package deal, recent weight loss

Every prospect at this age is a work in progress, but it’s clear to see that Stone has already started that process of improving. He’s worked on his body, getting rid of some of his baby fat and toning up his physique. His father told that he’s down to 246 pounds from 263 earlier this year, something that Stone credits to long hours in the gym and the weight room this spring. (NBC Sports)

Roy Williams watches Brandon Ingram in Chicago

Roy Williams was in Chicago on Friday watching 2015 5-star small forward Brandon Ingram at the adidas Uprising skills camp. Other coaches sighted courtside included Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, Kentucky's John Calipari, and Kansas coach Bill Self.

Ingram scored 22 points in a 70-64 loss (box score pdf file) in his first game of the day but was held to just 6 points on 3-13 shooting in his team's evening game (box score pdf file), which they also lost 79-76. Through 4 games Friday, Ingram is averaging 12.3 points, good for 8th overall among all players at the event which runs through Sunday (complete leaderboard pdf file).

Ingram holds a scholarship offer from UNC and lists the Tar Heels among his current leaders. (Roy Williams watches Brandon Ingram in Chicago)

Matt Ryan commits to Notre Dame

His name is Ryan so it somehow seemed inevitable he would land with the Irish. And now he has. Matt Ryan, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound sharpshooting small forward from New Rochelle (N.Y.) Iona Prep, has verbally committed to Notre Dame, becoming the Irish’s first commit for 2015. Ryan, who will remain at Iona Prep for his senior season, has been unable to play this spring and summer after undergoing two arthroscopic hip surgeries on March 3, but expects to be cleared to play in about a month. (Zag's Blog)

UNC basketball coaches on the recruiting trail Thursday

Roy Williams was in Las Vegas for a second straight day on Thursday watching several recruiting targets at the LeBron James Skills Academy.

Williams focused his attention on three primary recruits: 2015 center Stephen Zimmerman, 2015 center Henry Ellenson, and 2016 small forward Jayson Tatum. All three players hold scholarship offers from UNC.

Williams wasn't the only UNC coach on the recruiting trail. Assistant coach C.B. McGrath was in Philadelphia for the Reebok Breakout Classic watching 2015 guard P.J. Dozier, 2015 power foward Skal Labissiere, 2016 center Nate Morris, 2015 PG Jawun Evans, and 2016 PG Derryck Thornton.

Dozier is the only recruit among that group that currently holds a UNC offer. Here are some of Dozier's highlights from Day 1 of the event:

(UNC basketball coaches on the recruiting trail Thursday)

Henry Ellenson working to become a more versatile player

One of the best individual matchups of the first day of action at the LeBron James Skills Academy was the one consisting of five-star 2015 prospects Henry Ellenson and Ivan Rabb. While both performed very well in the first half of the contest, the fact of the matter is that neither was on the court at the same time. That changed in the second half, as they were faced with the challenge of defending each other. (NBC Sports)

Stephen Zimmerman Focusing on 8, Planning Officials in the Fall

On Wednesday, Stephen Zimmerman was showing out on the first day of the LeBron James Skills Academy, using his mobility and passing ability to make an impact at both ends of the floor. Don’t expect Zimmerman to slow down once the summer ends, however. While things may cool down on the court, that’s when his recruitment will really begin to heat up. “I don’t know when or where, but my parents said sometime around September to October I’ll take official visits,” Zimmerman said. (Zag's Blog)

Roy Williams on the recruiting trail at LeBron James Skills Academy

Roy Williams was on the recruiting trail in Las Vegas, Nevada at the LeBron James Skills Academy on Wednesday night watching 2015 center Henry Ellenson and 2015 power forward Ivan Rabb. Both recruits hold scholarship offers from UNC.

The Skills Academy runs from July 9th-12th and features several other UNC recruiting targets such as 2015 SG Kenny Williams, 2015 C Stephen Zimmerman, 2015 C Caleb Swanigan, 2015 SG Antonio Blakeney, and 2016 SF Jayson Tatum, among others. Complete rosters and game schedules can be found on the LeBron James Skills Academy's official web site.

For more information on UNC's recruiting targets, view the 2015 recruiting board, 2016 recruiting board, and the Roy Williams Recruiting Tracker. (Roy Williams on the recruiting trail at LeBron James Skills Academy)

Storylines: July Evaluation Period

July is one of the most important months of the recruiting calendar. College coaches can evaluate potential recruits for three five day periods beginning on Wednesday. What are the biggest stories in the recruiting world heading into the evaluation period? Harry Giles should be closer to full strength this July. Giles, who had surgery on his ACL, MCL and Meniscus, played in seven games on the Nike EYBL Circuit in the spring and then shut things down in June in preparation for July. (

Stephen Zimmerman talks recruiting, FIBA U18s caught up with 2015 5-star center Stephen Zimmerman at the FIBA U18 Americas Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo. Zimmerman, who has interest in Arizona, Indiana. Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina, UCLA and UNLV is the No. 7 player in the 247 Sports Composite. "My ultimate goal is to go to the NBA, so whatever school can really help me go there..." Asked if he saw himself as a one-and-done, Zimmerman said, "You can never assume that, but that's the plan." (247 Sports) Updated 2016 Top 75 Basketball Recruits

With the July evaluation period rapidly approaching,'s team of basketball recruiting experts extended the 2016 rankings to 75. Jayson Tatum leads the way at No. 1, but Josh Jackson, Harry Giles and Thon Maker are on his heels. A 6-foot-8 wing out of St. Louis (Mo.) Chaminade, Tatum jumped from No. 2 up to the top spot with a solid, but impressive spring playing with the St. Louis Eagles on the Nike EYBL circuit. (

Video: Luke Maye NBPA Top 100 Camp Highlights

Highlights from 2015 3-star small forward Luke Maye at the 2014 NBPA Top 100 Camp. Maye is currently on UNC's recruiting radar although he has yet to receive an offer from the Tar Heels. (View Video...)

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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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