Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Basketball Recruiting.
Video: Sacha Killeya-Jones's Progression
Sacha Killeya-Jones gave a strong performance at the UA All-America Camp. He and his coach, Frederick Cannon, both talked about how far he's come in the last year and about his future college decision.
Five-star Kobi Simmons cuts list
Five-star guard Kobi Simmons has narrowed his list of school to six, his father, Demond Stephens, told Scout on Sunday. Simmons is now down to Arizona, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio State and Xavier. He did in-home visits with all six schools in the spring. The next step for Simmons is taking college visits. Simmons is regarded as the No. 5 player in the 2016 recruiting class.
Jayson Tatum Commits to Duke
Five-star wing prospect Jayson Tatum will play college basketball at Duke, he announced Sunday afternoon at the Nike Peach Jam. Tatum, a standout at St. Louis (Mo.) Chaminade, picked Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils over Kentucky, North Carolina and St. Louis. Tatum, who ranks No. 3 overall in the 2016 top 100, led the Peach Jam in scoring with 24.8 points and 8.6 rebounds a game.
Updated Rivals.com 2016 Basketball Rankings
A few days ago, Rivals.com released its new basketball prospect 2017 rankings, today it has released its 2016 top 150. Three of the top seven players - Harry Giles, Dennis Smith, Edrice Adebayo - are from North Carolina and overall, seven of the 150 are from the Old North State.
Jayson Tatum to announce on Sunday
Jayson Tatum will announce his college decision at the Nike Peach Jam on Sunday, his father Justin Tatum told Scout late Saturday night. Tatum, a five-star prospect out St. Louis (Mo.) Chaminade, has narrowed his list to Duke, St. Louis, North Carolina and Kentucky. Tatum is currently ranked No. 3 on Scout.
UNC recruits await end of NCAA investigation
Tony Bradley has spent his summer doing the kinds of things high-level basketball recruits do. A top 25 recruit in the class of 2016, the 6-foot-10 power forward from Bartow, Florida, has crisscrossed the country going to showcase camps and AAU tournaments. He's also been keeping tabs on the slow-moving wheels of NCAA justice. Like the rest of UNC's recruiting targets, he's been awaiting an outcome in the NCAA's investigation into academic fraud at the school.
Killeya-Jones: "Coach Williams said he is 100 percent positive..."
In an interview with the Charlotte Observer at the Under Armour All-American Camp in the Queen City this weekend, 247Sports five-star power forward Sacha Killeya-Jones (Lynchburg, VA/Virginia Episcopal School) talked about his recruitment and UNC. “Coach Williams said he is 100 percent positive they’re not going to crack down on the men’s basketball team,” the 6-foot-10 Chapel Hill native said.
Miles Bridges to Cut List After Peach Jam
Miles Bridges has been one of the most impressive players at the Peach Jam, with coaches like Kentucky’s John Calipari and Michigan State’s Tom Izzo among those regularly watching his games. The Michigan native currently features a list of eight schools — Michigan State, Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, North Carolina, N.C. State, Iowa State and Louisville — but plans to cut his list after Peach Jam. “Shortly after Peach Jam I will [cut it] down to a top five,” he said Friday.
Miles Bridges Puts On Show At Peach Jam
It would be tough for Miles Bridges to have a better performance than the one he put on Thursday night. In need of a win, Bridges was huge for The Family as they cruised home with a victory, and he cemented himself as one of the best forwards in the country. Recruiting is still steady for Bridges who intends to make his visits in the fall, and there is no doubt that Michigan State, Kentucky, and North Carolina are going to do everything in their power to get him at their school.
Dennis Smith, Edrice Adebayo conclude play at Adidas Uprising Gauntlet Finale
North Carolina's Team Loaded, which has a roster that includes in-state standouts Dennis Smith Jr. and Edrice Adebayo, lost twice Thursday and was eliminated from the Adidas Uprising Gauntlet Finale in Atlanta. After winning its opener Wednesday, Team Loaded fell 57-54 to the New York Rens and 67-64 to Texas P.R.O. In the first game, Devonte Green (Danny's younger brother) hit two tiebreaking free throws with 18 seconds left, and Smith missed a game-tying 3-point attempt at the buzzer.
Malik Monk to Announce List Next Month
Malik Monk, the 6-4 shooting guard from Lepanto (ARK) Bentonville, will announce his college list next month on the radio show of his brother Marcus, Ben Roberts of NextCats reported. Marcus Monk previously told SNY.tv his brother would announce his list next month. Kentucky and Arizona are the perceived leaders for Monk, but Roberts reported Marcus said Kansas, North Carolina, Oregon and Florida State are also strongly in the mix.
Dennis Smith Jr. shines at Adidas Uprising Gauntlet Series event
Fayetteville point guard Dennis Smith Jr., a rising senior at Trinity Christian School, is playing for North Carolina's Team Loaded at the final Adidas Uprising Gauntlet Series stop in Atlanta. In a 61-57 victory against Stackhouse Elite Uplay on Wednesday, Smith had 18 points, five assists, and three rebounds in 29 minutes. Smith played in front of coaches from Duke, UNC, NC State, and Louisville. Edrice Adebayo, another highly rated recruit in the Class of 2016, had 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Harry Giles Planning Fall Decision
Harry Giles is planning to cut his college list later this summer and then arrive at a decision sometime this fall. The 6-foot-10 Giles out of Winston-Salem (N.C.) Wesleyan is considering eight schools — Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Kansas, Syracuse, Ohio State and UNLV. “He’s still got all eight schools,” Harry Giles Sr. told SNY.tv at the Peach Jam.
Harry Giles enjoying final summer as a prep star
With spacious atriums of brick and glass, the inside of the Riverview Park Activities Center doesn't usually seem cramped. But when Harry Giles, the rising senior at High Point Wesleyan Christian, is around, space becomes tight. A smooth 6-foot-10 forward, Giles is considered by many as the top recruit in his class. At the Nike EYBL Finals at Peach Jam, where he's playing on Team CP3, he's a rock star. As soon as Thursday's early game ended, he was mobbed by reporters.
Roy Williams offers Finnish big man Lauri Markkanen
North Carolina has offered 2016 power forward Lauri Markkanen from Finland, Scout.com reports. Per Scout's Evan Daniels, UNC head coach Roy Williams offered the 6-foot-10, 214-pound prospect over the phone. Markkanen is down to three schools: North Carolina, Utah, and Arizona. He plans to visit all three in October before making a November decision. Williams plans to make an in-home visit to see Markkanen in September.