UNC Basketball Recruiting
Complete coverage of North Carolina Basketball Recruiting.
2015 Basketball Class: Who does UNC get?
North Carolina currently has no players committed for the 2015 basketball recruiting class. It has been over a year since a player has committed to the UNC basketball program. The Tar Heels are pursuing many top targets across the country along with a couple of prospects in their backyard.
Freshman Orientation: Theo Pinson
Theo Pinson rounded out his high school basketball career with a second straight state championship at Wesleyan Christian Academy. Along the way, Pinson became one of the elite players of the class of 2014, earned McDonald’s All America honors and even jumped over his mother to win the Under Armour Elite 24 dunk contest. Now comes the next step in his basketball career:
247Sports Updated 2016 Composite Basketball Rankings
247Sports released their updated 2016 Composite basketball recruit rankings on Wednesday, and several UNC targets made the list. Harry Giles, a 6-10 power forward from High Point, NC, has an offer from the Tar Heels and ranks No. 1 on the list.
Other UNC recruits with offers from the Tar Heels include No. 4 Jayson Tatum (small forward, St. Louis, MO), No. 8 Seventh Woods (combo guard, Columbia, SC), and No. 12 Edrice Adebayo (power forward, Pinetown, NC).
Other UNC recruits who do not currently hold offers include point guard Dennis Smith, Jr. (No. 18 Fayetteville, NC) and shooting guard Amir Coffey (No. 26, Minnetonka, MN), among others.
Antonio Blakeney Remains Open in Recruitment
Antonio Blakeney was one of several late additions to the USA Basketball U18 trials, and after his first practice Tuesday night Blakeney sounded excited about the opportunity. “It’s real good to be out here competing and trying to be on the USA team, represent the USA. That’s a big honor,” the 6-foot-4 2015 guard out of Orlando (FL) Oak Ridge told SNY.tv. As far as his recruitment, Blakeney says he’s wide open and lists Louisville, Florida, Kansas, North Carolina, Florida State, Providence, LSU and USC among those recruiting him.
Justin Jackson's Journal: I'm Prepared
Prior to enrolling at UNC later this week, Justin Jackson has authored his final journal entry InsideCarolina.com. "I can’t believe it’s finally here. After all the years of hard work with my coaches, days in the gym with my teammates and hours on the road with my family, I’m so proud to say I’m moving into my dorm at the University of North Carolina on Friday. That it’s really about to happen, honestly, is surreal."
247Sports Updated 2015 Composite Basketball Rankings
247Sports released their updated 2015 Composite basketball recruit rankings last week, and several UNC targets made the list. The Composite Index is a ranking system that averages the ratings across most major recruiting services (247Sports, ESPN, Rivals, Scout, etc.).
Topping the 2015 updated list is power forward Ivan Rabb (Oakland, CA) who holds an offer from Roy Williams. Among other targets on the list with offers from the Tar Heels are No. 2 Malik Newman (shooting guard, Jackson, MS), No. 4 Diamond Stone (center, Milwaukee, WI), No. 6 Stephen Zimmerman (center, Las Vegas, NV), No. 16 Brandon Ingram (small forward, Kinston, NC), No. 22 Henry Ellenson (center, Rice Lake, WI), and No. 42 P.J. Dozier (point guard, Columbia, SC).
Theo Pinson stars on national stage
Many high school athletes dream about being the best, but few actually experience it. Theo Pinson, a recent graduate of Wesleyan Christian, is one of the lucky few.
Over his career, he’s combined hard work with natural talent to become one of the best players in the country. After committing to North Carolina last spring, he signed with the Tar Heels in the fall, helped the Trojans win their second straight state championship, and earned spots in the Under Armour Elite 24, McDonald’s All-American Game and Nike Hoop Summit in the spring.
Updated 2015 Scout.com Top 100
Scout.com has a new No. 1 player in the 2015 class. After a strong spring Diamond Stone, a standout at Milwaukee (Wisc.) Dominican, moved his way up to the top spot in Scout.com’s updated top 100. He was No. 3 overall in the previous rankings. Stone is being strongly recruited by Duke, North Carolina, Connecticut, UCLA, Oklahoma State, Wisconsin and Marquette. Other players considered for the top spot included Ben Simmons, who checked in at No. 2, Ivan Rabb and Jaylen Brown.
Video: Seventh Woods Spring Highlights
Spring highlights from 2016 shooting guard Seventh Woods. Woods holds an offer from UNC and was recently listed as the No. 20 overall player in the 2016 recruiting class by ESPN.com.
Tatum, Giles, Smith, Adebayo Among Updated 2016 ESPN Top 60
ESPN recently updated their 2016 basketball recruiting Top-60, and there were several UNC recruits high on the list. Small forward Jayson Tatum (St. Louis, Mo.) was the highest UNC recruit on the list at No. 3, followed closely by power forward Harry Giles (Winston-Salem, NC) at No. 5.
Fayetteville, NC point guard Dennis Smith, Jr. is also in the top-10 at No. 9, while power forward Edrice Adebayo (Pinetown, NC) sits at No. 12. Ultra-athletic guard Seventh Woods from Columbia, SC also made the list and is ranked No. 20.
Each of those players currently hold a scholarship offer from Roy Williams except for Smith, who should be receiving an offer shortly once he has a chance to meet with Williams in person on a soon-to-be-scheduled campus visit. You can view the complete 2016 ESPN Top 60 here
Other recruits expected to receive UNC interest this summer include No. 1 Thon Maker, a 7-foot center from Martinsville, VA, shooting guard Malik Monk (Bentonville, AR), small forward V.J. King (Akron, OH), and shooting guard Amir Coffey (Minnetonka, MN).
View UNC's 2016 basketball recruiting board here.
Harry Giles Blog: Summer Update
Harry Giles: "My sophomore year was cool, but it was tough. I didn't have basketball all year and that's something I never experienced in my life. It's tough because my boys Theo Pinson and JaQuel Richmond won't be there anymore, but I think we'll still be OK. I've still been keeping in touch with the college coaches of course. All the coaches keep telling me that they're going to be calling me on June 15 because that's the first day that coaches can start calling 2016 recruits."
Seven takeaways from the Pangos All-American Camp
Stephen Zimmerman is a well-rounded big man: There have been questions surrounding Zimmerman all spring about his speed decreasing as he added weight to his 7-foot frame, but the lefty big man from Las Vegas has a tremendous skill set. Zimmerman’s added muscle allowed him to make plays more frequently in the post and he’s also confident as a ball-handler in the open floor. He runs really well end-to-end and can knock in jumpers from the short corner or elbow while also dropping in hooks.
Freshman Orientation: Joel Berry
Joel Berry will hit Chapel Hill in a little over two weeks as he makes the transition from high school star (two-time state champion and three-time Gatorade Player of the Year in Florida) to college student-athlete. He’s stayed in contact with Carolina assistant C.B. McGrath and is prepared to take the next step in his basketball career. At 6’0, 185 pounds, Berry is a strong point guard with the ability to draw defenders and then find open teammates or take the ball inside himself.
FABC picks Joel Berry II as king of basketball court
Lake Highland Prep’s Joel Berry, a senior, was named the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches King of the Court as the state's top player. Berry, who has signed with North Carolina, led the Highlanders (28-4) to the 4A state championship, averaging 24.9 points, 8.9 rebounds. He was previously named the FABC’s 4A player of the year.
Spring Recap: Five on the Rise
Henry Ellenson competes for Wisconsin-based Playground Elite on the EYBL circuit and at times has outplayed established elites head to head such as Ivan Rabb and Stephen Zimmerman. He'll need to prove he can succeed in those scenarios now that he's going to be a marked man himself, but he appears up to the challenge. The power forward's game doesn't fit into the common categories. He isn't a low-post player yet also isn't a stretch.