UNC Basketball Recruiting
Complete coverage of North Carolina Basketball Recruiting.
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.
Kobi Simmons cuts list to 6
Kobi Simmons has cut his list of school to six. The five-star combo guard in the Class of 2016 is still considering North Carolina, Kentucky, Xavier, Ohio State, Arizona, and Georgia. Simmons is ranked as the No. 8 overall prospect in the 2016 class by 247Sports Composite. North Carolina is battling Kansas, Arizona, Kentucky, and Ohio State among others who've offered Simmons.
One-on-One with Harry Giles
After playing in the EYBL, winning a Gold Medal with USA Basketball and competing in The 8 during final evaluation period, Harry Giles, Scout's top prospect in 2016, has completed his final spring and summer on the circuit. Did he live up to his own expectations on the court? What is his recruiting plan going forward? Giles went one-on-one with Scout.
Smith, Adebayo, DeLaurier, Killeya-Jones end adidas Uprising in strong fashion
Dennis Smith hit a left-handed, go-ahead layup with four seconds left as Team Loaded North Carolina beat Indiana Elite 78-77. Smith had 29 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Edrice Adebayo had 25 points and 16 rebounds. Team Loaded Virginia beat Mass Rivals 76-74 in the championship game. 2016 power forward Javin DeLaurier, who has an offer from UNC, scored 14 points. Sacha Killeya-Jones, another Class of 2016 forward with an offer from UNC, scored 17 points.
Las Vegas: Malik Monk goes for 34, wins The 8
Malik Monk is certainly in the top tier of 2016 prospects and he made that quite clear on Saturday in the championship of The 8 when he scored 34 points in a win over Mac Irvin Fire. On the recruiting front, Monk recently said he’s looking to narrow down his list of schools soon. A source close to the situation said the schools currently recruiting him are Arkansas, Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, Oregon, Florida State and Oklahoma State.
Miles Bridges shows off how quickly he'll connect in college hoops
Miles Bridges is a 6-7, 220-pound forward who plays at the high school level for West Virginia’s Huntington Prep and will choose among Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State and North Carolina for college basketball. He will take official visits in the fall and expects to have a decision made by December. He is best described as a forward with no particular modifier because he could play either of the two positions in college. He figures to be an ideal stretch-4.
Video: Lauri Markkanen Interview
An interview with 6-11 Finnish power forward Lauri Markkanen at the 2015 FIBA U18 European Championship in Volos, Greece. Markkanen holds a scholarship offer from UNC and has the Tar Heels squarely in his mix of schools.
Dennis Smith, Edrice Adebayo in adidas Uprising semifinals
Team Loaded North Carolina, with Fayetteville's Dennis Smith Jr. as its point guard, reached the adidas Uprising Summer Championships' 17U Gold bracket semifinals with a 78-58 win over Raleigh's Garner Road on Saturday in Las Vegas. Smith had 15 points and eight assists as Team Loaded North Carolina improved to 5-0 in the event. Power forward Edrice Adebayo, another highly regarded Class of 2016 recruit, scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.