UNC Basketball Recruiting
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HSOT Day Three Notebook: Giles, Ingram, Smith
Harry Giles served up an emphatic performance on Monday night. The 6-10 power forward lit up rival Word of God with 31 points and 17 rebounds. Brandon Ingram reverted to form on Monday, lighting up a solid Apex High squad for 34 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks and two assists. Dennis Smith couldn’t quite lift Fayetteville Trinity Christian past Orangeville Prep out of Canada, but he made an heroic attempt. The junior point guard scored 38 points as his club fell 79-75.
Luke Maye leads Hough past Spring Valley, into Beach Ball Classic semifinals
When Luke Maye hit the deck hard during the first half Monday, he knew he wasn’t going to get much of a breather. The Hough (N.C.) senior and UNC signee took a few moments on the bench before returning to spur his team into Tuesday’s semifinals of the Beach Ball Classic. Maye scored 29 points and grabbed 19 rebounds, leading the Huskies to a 71-58 win over Spring Valley. And he did it all with Tar Heel coach Roy Williams sitting courtside.
Roy Williams watches Harry Giles
North Carolina, Duke and Kentucky have all been in to see 6-10 Harry Giles in recent days and weeks. Coach K and Duke’s entire staff came to the same game that North Carolina coach Roy Williams and UNC assistant Hubert Davis attended. “Almost the whole Duke staff was at my game last week; Coach K, Coach Capel, Coach Scheyer and Coach James, and then Coach Williams and Coach Davis from UNC were at the same game so that was fun to have them there,” Giles wrote.
Video: Dennis Smith, Jr. HSOT Highlights
6'2 junior Dennis Smith Jr puts on a show in front of John Wall at the HSOT Holiday Invitational at Broughton High School in Raleigh, NC. Smith led all scorers with 24 on the night.
Jalek Felton rocks the UNC sweatshirt
Class of 2017 five-star guard Jalek Felton (Mullins, SC) wore a North Carolina sweatshirt during the three-point shooting contest at the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound recruit is a strong UNC lean having mentioned the Tar Heels as favorites in multiple interviews. Felton's uncle is North Carolina great and 2005 National Champion point guard Raymond Felton. The younger Felton has said he will take visits to UNC, Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, and Wichita State this January.
Beach Ball Day Two Notebook: Jalek Felton
Between the Beach Ball and last week’s Chick-Fil-A Classic, Jalek Felton has drawn quite a bit of bandwith here on Scout. Thing is, he’s absolutely deserving of it. There’s no such thing as the perfect player and the slick combo guard needs to improve on his propensity for high risk passes, but there’s not much arguing with a sophomore who goes for 51 points on 15-27 FG and 14-14 FT. Felton presently ranks No. 6 in the 2017 class and is every bit of that.
Dennis Smith Jr. Talks Package Deal with Tatum, Giles, Playing Seventh Woods, Recruiting
Much has been made about the possible package deal with Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles and Dennis Smith Jr. While it is something that each is highly considering, they don’t discuss it often. “We talk about it about twice every month,” Smith Jr. told SNY.tv. “They’re two great players, two of the top ranked players in the country, and they show it every time they play. It would definitely be a plus for me to play with those guys.”
Jalek Felton explodes for 51 at Beach Ball Classic
After Franklin (Ohio) senior Luke Kennard went off for a Beach Ball Classic single game-record 52 points in a win over Mullins on Friday, the Auctioneers’ Jalek Felton wanted to top the performance a day later. The sophomore came close but was unable to pass Kennard on the list as he put up a career-high 51 points in Mullins’ 83-74 win over Myrtle Beach in a consolation game of the Beach Ball Classic. Felton’s previous career-high was 48 set earlier this year against Marlboro County.
Beach Ball Classic Day One: Jalek Felton, Luke Maye
A senior power forward headed to North Carolina, Luke Maye did what he normally does: He puts up numbers and led his team to a victory. In a 54-52 win over Columbus (Ohio) Northland, Maye racked up 20 points and 12 rebounds on 9-18 from the floor. Sophomore guard Jalek Felton, couldn't push Mullins past Franklin but scored 29 points on 10-20 shooting, adding four rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks.
Harry Giles pumps up jams for High Point Wesleyan
High Point (N.C.) Wesleyan Christian junior big man Harry Giles has used this week at the Culligan City of Palms Classic to prove to the world that he and his surgically repaired left knee are doing just fine.
Jaylen Brown Wins City of Palms MVP
UNC's top target in the 2015 class was named MVP of the City of Palms Classic, a tournament which featured many of the nation's elite recruits. Jaylen Brown, the No. 2 prospect in the 247Sports Composite rankings, led Wheeler (GA) to a victory over Montverde (FL) in the championship game. He finished with 25 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists. Brown confirmed that he will take one of his remaining two official visits to check out UNC.
Blessing and curse of Seventh Woods' early rise to fame
Two years ago when Hammond (Columbia, S.C.) point guard Seventh Woods’ highlight video proclaiming him to be the country’s top 14-year-old hooper hit the Internet, it set off what Woods agrees was a gift and a curse. Yes, his exposure went through the roof, but the downside was that, well, his exposure went through the roof. “It’s to a point where, if I don’t do a Sportscenter Top 10 play, people feel like I let them down. It’s not even about that stuff; I’m just trying to get better every time I play. People get a little crazy with it.”
Brandon Ingram Says UNC Academic Scandal ‘Affects Decision’
Some observers believe Brandon Ingram will ultimately end up at North Carolina because he is close with former Tar Heel Jerry Stackhouse, who also played for Kinston High. Still, the academic scandal at UNC has complicated things and Ingram said that has impacted his thought process. “Of course it affects my decision,” Ingram said. “I really like those guys a lot, and I really like all of the colleges a lot, so I’m just waiting to see what’s going to happen because it will affect my decision."
Chick-fil-A Day Three Notebook: Woods, Felton, Ingram, Smith
I’ve watched Brandon Ingram for years, and Monday night may have been the best I’ve ever seen him play. Matched head to head against P.J. Dozier, Ingram soared to a sterling outing: 26 points (9-17 fg, 2-5 on threes), 12 rebounds, six assists and a steal. The showdown between Dennis Smith and Seventh Woods proved to be more fizzle than sizzle, but each man had his moments. Woods helped lead Hammond past Smith's Trinity Christian 64-54.
Video: Brandon Ingram posterizes defender in front of Roy Williams
This is 6’9? Brandon Ingram (Kinston) putting a defender on a poster Monday at the Chick-Fil-A Classic in Columbia, SC. The dunk went down in a close game situation late in the fourth quarter, which sparked a comeback win for Kinston High. UNC’s Roy Williams, NC State’s Rob Moxy, & USC’s Frant Martin were all in the house to check out the match-up between Ingram and Spring Valley’s P.J. Dozier.