Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Basketball Recruiting.
Seventh Woods selected to USA Basketball trials roster
Class of 2016 guard Seventh Woods (Columbia/Hammond) has been selected to take part in the 2015 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Championship Team Training Camp. USA Basketball selected 24 players for the trials and the roster will be pared down to 12 players after the two-week evaluation period, which begins on June 12 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The USA will look to defend its gold medal June 27-July 5 in Heraklion, Crete, Greece.
Sacha Killeya-Jones reopens recruitment
Sacha Killeya-Jones is no longer committed to Virginia. The top-100 big man spoke to Tony Bennett and informed the Cavaliers that he’d like to reopen his recruitment. Killeya-Jones has been on a precipitous rise over the past 12 months, so it’s understandable if his world moved a little more quickly than he may have expected. That said, the skilled and polished frontcourt scorer decided to open things up heading toward the July live period.
Trae Young, Michael Porter planning package deal for college hoops
Which pair of basketball recruits plans to join forces in college from the 2017 class? Meet Mokan Elite (Kan.) duo Michael Porter Jr. and Trae Young. “Yep we’re gonna do it,” Young said. “We’re putting it out there that we’re gonna play together.” They’ve certainly got the talent. Young is on everyone’s short list for top point guard in the class and Porter, who is ranked No. 2 overall in the ESPN 25, is quickly gaining the “next big thing” buzz. Young and Porter said they plan to setup their lists based on schools who want them both.
Edrice "Bam" Adebayo Update
Fresh off a MVP-winning performance at the Big Shots basketball event in Greensboro, North Carolina, five-star power forward Edrice "Bam" Adebayo (Pinetown, NC/Northside) and his mentor Eric Peartree spoke with CarolinaBlue to update his recruitment. Adebayo currently has offers from 12 schools including UNC, Kansas, N.C. State, East Carolina, and Wake Forest, among others. There is a plan to cut the list down in July. Right now there are no recruiting trips scheduled.
USA U16: Monday Top Performers
On the final day before the USA U16 team is cut from 17 to 12, the participants took part in a pair of practices that included scrimmaging, putting in offenses and working on their press. One of the top post prospects in attendance is 6-foot-10, strongly built center Wendell Carter. Carter picked it up on Monday and showed why he’s considered an elite prospect in the 2017 class. Recruiting: Duke, Kentucky, Harvard, Georgia, North Carolina, Kansas, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest
Maverick Rowan Lists Top 6 Schools
Maverick Rowan Tweeted on Monday that his top six consists of UCLA, St. John’s, North Carolina, N.C. State, Louisville and Wisconsin. It remains unclear if he will go to college in 2015 or ’16. Because he has developed skill across many facets of the game, Rowan has picked up offers from Florida, Iowa State, Louisville, North Carolina, NC State, Pittsburgh, UCLA, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Jalek Felton representing Team USA in Europe
Class of 2017 North Carolina commit Jalek Felton (Mullins, SC) will represent the United States in the 2015 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships. The event takes place in Hungary over June 4-7 and places some of the best young places against each other in three on three competition. Felton and his teammates will be heading over to Europe this week.
2016 Star Jayson Tatum Talks Schools, Will Commit When ‘Comfortable’
On April 10, Jayson Tatum narrowed his recruitment to four schools: Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Saint Louis. North Carolina is the school that he has yet to check out. “I haven’t visited there yet, but they have a great program,” he said. He’ll make it out to Chapel Hill eventually, but doesn’t have a date picked out yet for that visit or any other official visits he might take. “I don’t have a timeline for my decision or visits,” he said. “I’m not sure when I’ll take officials to Kentucky or North Carolina, but I’m sure I’ll get to those."
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.