UNC Basketball Recruiting
Complete coverage of North Carolina Basketball Recruiting.
Antonio Blakeney among 2015's best guards
Antonio Blakeney, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Oak Ridge (Fla.), put up 18 points in the EYBL opener and averaged 12.0 points on the weekend. Once he gets going on the offensive end, Blakeney is difficult to stop. “My biggest goal is to go undefeated,” Blakeney said. “Another goal is to get better and get more offers.” It seems he's doing just fine in that category, with Louisville, Kansas, North Carolina, Florida, USC, Florida State, Missouri, Providence, LSU and others extending offers thus far.
Edrice Adebayo, V.J. King stand out in Sacramento
The King James Shooting Stars vs. NJ Playaz game at the EYBL on Sunday featured multiple top-25 juniors, but it was top-10 sophomore V.J. King that stole the show – and that's not a surprise. He's among the best players in the country. Edrice Adebayo turned some heads during the school season playing for Northside (N.C.) – but he really solidified himself as a five-star prospect at the Nike EYBL Sacramento. The 6-foot-9 big man was an absolute force for Boo Williams (Va.).
UNC Interested in 2015 SG Kenny Williams
Kenny Williams, a 6'3" shooting guard from Bird High School in Chesterfield, Virginia, is quickly making a name for himself as a top recruit in the 2015 recruiting class.
A Scout.com article
had this to say on Tuesday about Williams' standout performance in Sacramento last weekend where Roy Williams was on hand to watch:
"Williams was a standout last weekend at the Southern Jam Fest and was a stock raiser in Sacramento as well. A 6-foot-3 guard, Williams is high-level shooter who makes shots from deep and on the move. With a lack of shooters in high school basketball, a premium is being placed on guys who make long distance shots and Williams can certainly do that."
Rivals.com recruiting analyst Clint Jackson also Tweeted Tuesday
that "UNC's Hubert Davis spoke to 2015 SG Kenny Williams (Tuesday) night. Roy will be talking to him soon as well."
Currently there are two shooting guards with offers in UNC's 2015 basketball recruiting class
: Malik Newman and P.J. Dozier. Williams does not have an offer yet, but the interest level from Roy Williams and his staff will be interesting to follow over the summer.
There aren't many videos of Kenny Williams available online, but here's one from about a year ago that shows some of his skill set and shooting touch:
Video: Malik Newman has a big weekend at Jayhawk Invitational
Malik Newman is currently the No. 1 player in the country according to Rivals.com. The 6-foot-3 scoring guard from Jackson, Mississippi had the jumper rolling this weekend when he took the floor for the Jayhawk Invitational with Mo Williams Elite. When he wasn’t setting up teammate Terrance Ferguson on alley-oops, Newman scored well in front of college coaches and will be one of the major competitors for the No. 1 spot in the 2015 class along with Ivan Rabb and Diamond Stone.
Seven Takeaways from Pittsburgh Jam Fest
Seventh Woods is naturally a scoring guard. He’s at his best when he’s trying to beat people off the dribble, attacking the rim, drawing fouls. He needs to be aggressive to be effective, and he spent much of the weekend trying to prove that he’s a point guard. He settled for jumpers and opted to distribute the ball around the perimeter instead of trying to break down defenses.
Multiple Coaches scout Brandon Ingram in Dallas
2015 small forward Brandon Ingram was in Dallas this weekend for an AAU tournament. The 247Sports Composite five-star told CarolinaBlue that the following coaches watched him play: Barry Rohrssen (Kentucky), Mike Krzyzewski and Jeff Capel (Duke), Steve Robinson (UNC), Rick Pitino (Louisville), Norm Roberts (Kansas), Rob Moxley (N.C. State), Steve Smith (Clemson), Mike Netti (ECU).
Ten thoughts from Nike EYBL Sacramento
Will the Ivan Rabb-Stephen Zimmerman duo work out? This season, elite big men Rabb and Zimmerman are playing together for the Oakland Soldiers – and there have been mixed results so far. The team went 2-1 in Sacramento, and Rabb went for 16.7 points and 8.0 rebounds – but Zimmerman seemed off. He played mostly in a high-low with Rabb, and settled for a lot of face-up jumpers. Zimmerman had just 20 points total in three games.
Roy Williams watches P.J. Dozier at Biloxi tournament
UNC basketball coach Roy Williams came to Biloxi on Sunday to watch basketball action at the 2nd Annual Gulf Coast Hoop Fest at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention Center. Torye Hurst, Director of Sports Sales & Marketing for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau, said he saw Williams earlier on Sunday (watching 2015 SG P.J. Dozier among others). There were 120 teams in the tournament that ran from Friday through Sunday.
Roy William watches Stephen Zimmerman, Ivan Rabb in Sacramento EYBL
Per 247Sports National Scouting Director Jerry Meyer, North Carolina head coach Roy Williams was in the gym Saturday in Sacramento, Calif., at the Nike EYBL watching the No. 1 center for 2015 Stephen Zimmerman (Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman) and Oakland forward Ivan Rabb from Bishop O'Dowd, the No. 1 power forward in the class. Arizona is strong with both but the Tar Heels and a host of other programs have made the cuts so far.
Roy Williams goes in-home with Ivan Rabb
North Carolina head coach Roy Williams made an in-home visit with Class of 2015 No. 2 overall prospect Ivan Rabb (Oakland, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd) on Wednesday, 247Sports National Scouting Director Jerry Meyer reports from the Nike EYBL in Sacramento, Calif. Williams also watched Rabb Saturday at the event. Arizona currently is the odds-on favorite according to 247Sports.
Roy Williams, Hubert Davis watch recruits at Nike EYBL in Sacramento
Roy Williams and Hubert Davis are scouting numerous recruits at the Nike EYBL at Jackson Sports Academy in Sacramento, CA this weekend. Here's a list of UNC prospects from Session I on Friday. None of these players have received a UNC scholarship offer to this point. The full schedule of games can be found here
2016 Small Forward, 6-6, 170
Minnetonka, MN (Hopkins)
AAU: Howard Pulley
2016 Power Forward, 6-8, 220
Pinetown, NC (Northside)
AAU: Boo Williams
2015 Center, 6-10, 220
Rochester, NY (Huntington Prep)
AAU: Team Scan
2016 Shooting Guard, 6-6, 180
Akron, OH (St. Vincent-St. Mary)
AAU: King James
2015 Shooting Guard, 6-4, 200
Rockville, MD (Montrose Christian)
AAU: Athletes First
2015 Shooting Guard, 6-4, 170
Orlando, FL (Oak Ridge)
2015 Shooting Guard, 6-4, 170
Seattle, WA (Rainier Beach)
AAU: NW Express
2015 Small Forward, 6-5, 175
Duncanville, TX (Duncanville)
AAU: Team Texas Elite
2015 Power Forward, 6-7, 225
Cornelius, NC (Hough)
AAU: Team Scan
2016 Small Forward, 6-6, 185
Whiteville, NC (Whiteville)
AAU: Team United
The top 25 players to follow on the grassroots basketball circuit
Here’s a look at some of the top names to know that recruiting analysts and college basketball writers will be talking about over the next few months. Harry Giles, 6-foot-10 forward, Winston-Salem, NC: Coming off of a knee injury in June suffered during USA Basketball, Giles returns from tearing his ACL, MCL and meniscus. Can he be a No. 1 type player in 2016 coming off of the injury? How will Giles fair in the EYBL with CP3?
Does Roy Williams Have Geography on His Side for 2015 Recruiting?
Over the years, Roy Williams has found success going after the cream of the crop in North Carolina while also landing highly recruited players from up and down the East Coast. For this recruiting cycle, however, the 63-year-old coach is hoping to bring in a gem or two from the west. According to Inside Carolina, the staff has extended six total scholarship offers to 2015 prospects. Included on that list is Ivan Rabb, a blue-chip power forward from California.
Basketball Evaluation Period Preview
It's going to be a hectic weekend for college basketball coaches, as there are a number of live events throughout the country. Scout.com will be stationed at a number of events. Here's a preview of where they'll have coverage. EYBL Sacramento: Top Players - Ivan Rabb, Antonio Blakeney, Harry Giles, Stephen Zimmerman, Jayson Tatum. Pitt Jam Fest: Top Players - Seventh Woods, Jalek Felton. UA Jayhawk Invitational: Top Players - Malik Newman, Diamond Stone.
UNC to Watch Brandon Ingram this weekend
2015 small forward Brandon Ingram told CarolinaBlue that Kansas, Louisville, Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State will be in Dallas this weekend to watch him play. The 6-foot-7, 170-pound Kinston, North Carolina native said no one leads right now and he does not have a top five. Ingram is a 247Sports Composite five-star prospect.