Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Basketball Recruiting.
Surratt brothers savor memories, eager to make more in football, basketball
Chazz Surratt, who was selected for ESPN’s Elite 11 national quarterback competition this summer, originally committed to Duke but switched to North Carolina last month. North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams has promised Chazz a walk-on spot on the basketball team if he wants. North Carolina football coaches have also offered Sage Surratt a scholarship, and Williams has extended a walk-on offer to him.
UNC reaches out to PG Charlie Moore
Charlie Moore's summer ended with another great showing in Las Vegas. The 5-10 Moore answered lingering questions about his size by proving to be one of the best point guards nationally in the Class of 2016 on the AAU circuit. Moore isn't quite on Tyler Ulis' level, as John Calipari hasn't come calling. But another college basketball blueblood, North Carolina, has. The Tar Heels haven't offered, but they have reached out to express interest.
Wenyen Gabriel Adds UNC Offer
Wenyen Gabriel entered the summer an unranked prospect. He's exiting the summer a potential five-star prospect with offers from many of the nation's best. North Carolina joined that offer list on Friday. The now 6-10 rising senior from Wilbraham & Monson Academy in Massachusetts grew three inches in the last year and took the July circuit by storm with his active and aggressive style.
Alabama, Kansas fighting for five-star Terrance Ferguson
An announcement is likely coming soon from Terrance Ferguson, and it is looking like either Alabama or Kansas will land the five-star prospect. Viewed as a lock for Kansas as late as this spring, Alabama and head coach Avery Johnson have built tremendous momentum for Ferguson, who is out of Dallas, Texas. The 6-6 athletic wing is one of the top shooters in the 2016 class and also holds an offer from UNC.
Predicting where college basketball's top 10 uncommitted recruits will play
As it stands, just 32 of ESPN's top 100 players in the class of 2016 have committed. Only Jayson Tatum (Duke) and Lonzo Ball (UCLA) have declared their college choices among the top 10 prospects. With that in mind, it seemed like a good opportunity to take an early guess at where the top uncommitted prospects might end up. We'll be using recruiting rankings from ESPN and the composite board by 247 Sports.
Life of Giles
The game is over, his team has lost, but Harry Giles is still able to raise a smile. He's flashing a grin because yet another teenager has approached him, this one in the overcrowded lobby of the Riverview Park Activities Center in North Augusta, S.C. following a game in the Peach Jam -- one of the most prestigious amateur tournaments held each July. The youngster hands his phone to a friend after kindly asking Giles to pose with him for a photo.
Roy Williams Offers PG De'Aaron Fox
North Carolina has offered De'Aaron Fox, arguably the nation's top point guard prospect, a scholarship. Roy Williams tracked Fox at the Las Vegas Classic during the final evaluation period last week and followed up those viewings with a UNC scholarship offer on Wednesday, Fox and his father confirmed. "He was very happy, of course, that a top school offered him," his father, Aaron Fox, said.
Wenyen Gabriel: "UNC is showing plenty of interest"
Wenyen Gabriel has taken grassroots basketball by storm with his incredible performances in the July Live Period. The class of 2016 forward went from holding two offers last November to recently receiving offers from big named schools. “Kentucky, Duke, UConn, Maryland, Texas, Notre Dame, Miami, Providence and Kansas have been the most active with my recruitment. UNC is showing plenty of interest and I think will offer very soon. I will be talking to Coach Williams on the phone sometime soon.”
Harry Giles to transfer to Oak Hill for senior season
Harry Giles III, the top ranked player in the ESPN 100, has decided to transfer from Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.) to Oak Hill for his senior season. “At this point I just really want to lock in on school and basketball at the highest level,” Giles told USA TODAY High School Sports. “I feel like going to Oak Hill it’ll give me the chance to do both. I won’t have anything to do but be a better student and a better player.”
Tony Bradley's Impressive summer
Class of 2016 power forward target Tony Bradley has yet to name a leader in his recruitment, but North Carolina is in a good spot to land the 6-foot-10, 235-pound prospect. The Tar Heels offered Bradley on December 19th, and he took an official visit to UNC on March 7th. Currently, Bradley has 23 offers including the Tar Heels, Florida, Florida State, Indiana, and Kansas, among many others. Bradley's stock has been on the rise this summer.
Video: 2016 PF Wenyen Gabriel Las Vegas Highlights
During the Adidas Summer Championships, Wenyen Gabriel a 6'10 junior forward made a huge splash leading his Mass Rivals team to the championship game. Gabriel's high motor and developing skill set led him to offers from Kentucky Kansas and Duke, while UNC has been in contact and watching him as well.
How 2016 PG Kobi Simmons fits with his top six
The allure of UNC is a similar pitch to Kentucky's. Roy Williams is looking for a replacement to Marcus Paige, and landing Kobi Simmons would mean that the Tar Heels have bounced back nicely from the NCAA scandal's negative recruiting. That same scandal may prove to be the Tar Heels' undoing, however, and if Simmons doesn't end up in Chapel Hill, that may have played a factor.
July Eval Periods: Storylines
The five guys that stood out as the top performers of July were De’Aaron Fox, Miles Bridges, Markelle Fultz, Jayson Tatum and Trevon Duval. Fox and Bridges were spectacular in Las Vegas and at the Nike Peach Jam and both have earned significant bumps from their current Scout rankings. There’s been a battle brewing for the top spot at the point guard position for quite some time and the options are tremendous. Entering July, Dennis Smith sat at No. 1.
Dennis Smith Jr. Blog: New Kentucky offer, package deals and ending AAU season
Dennis Smith: "Right now it’s down to six, in no particular order: Kentucky, Duke, Louisville, N.C. State, Wake Forest and North Carolina. Of course y’all know that I’ve talked in my blog about me, Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles teaming up in college and that hasn’t changed. It’s definitely something that we all still talk about and I’d say there’s still a great chance of it. At the end of the day, I’ve gotta do what’s best for me, but, again, it’s something we still all talk about."
2016 recruiting class the most decorated in N.C. history
Rising seniors Harry Giles, Dennis Smith Jr. and Edrice Adebayo are responsible for giving North Carolina a basketball recruiting class with the highest profile in state history. For the big-picture perspective, there's no better reference than Lenoir-based Bob Gibbons, who started following recruiting in 1975 and continues to run the All Star Report. "With three kids rated in the top 10 in the nation, that's never happened before," Gibbons said Monday.