Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Basketball Recruiting.
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.
Kentucky Offers 2016 Five-Star Big Man Edrice Adebayo
Five-star 2016 power forward Edrice “Bam” Adebayo announced via Twitter that the Wildcats had officially offered him. Adebayo is a 6’9?, 232 lbs. North Carolina native, who is ranked as the No. 4 power forward and No. 14 prospect overall in 2016, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Adebayo doesn’t plan on narrowing down his recruitment until next spring, but Louisville, North Carolina and N.C. State have been pursuing him the hardest up to this point.
Decision on top schools coming soon from Malik Monk
Malik Monk is rated the No. 1 shooting guard and No. 5 overall prospect in the nation by ESPN. After Wednesday's game, he turned his focus to playing in the prestigious Chris Paul The 8 tournament in Las Vegas. Monk plans to announce his top schools after returning to Arkansas, but it will go beyond five schools and include the Razorbacks. Malik Monk said he knows what he wants in a school. "Good coaching on and off the court, good teammates and just an up-and-down pace."
Battle of Borders: Markelle Fultz
The summer rise of Markelle Fultz has been impressive, and he continues that with his play on Wednesday. Fultz was in total control and showed why he is one of the top prospects in the country. Fultz is close to narrowing his list, but hasn’t done so yet. At the game Wednesday was Washington coach Lorenzo Romar, Maryland’s Mark Turgeon, and Ohio State’s Thad Matta along assistants from Arizona, Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, and NC State.
Sacha Killeya-Jones talks recruiting at adidas event
Forward Sacha Killeya-Jones' stock has been on the rise in the basketball recruiting world, and it will only continue to do so after his strong showing at the adidas Summer Championship in Las Vegas. Killeya-Jones is a four-star prospect according to the 247Sports Composite, but 247Sports is the lone outlet to have him rated a five-star prospect
Rawle Alkins talks recruitment, his legacy, comparisons to Lance Stephenson
For a variety of reasons New York City is no longer home to the best basketball talent in the country. However, every so often there is a special talent who reminds people that New York is still capable of producing high-level, game-changing phenoms. In the 2016 class, Brooklyn native Rawle Alkins appears to be doing just that.
Before fully committing, Jalek Felton wants a chat with UNC coaches about NCAA violations
Back in 2005, Jalek Felton watched his uncle Raymond Felton, now a point guard for the Dallas Mavericks, pose for sweat-soaked snapshots after helping North Carolina to its first national title since 1995. As an eighth grader, Jalek’s Team Felton AAU coach Fred Cannon had he and his teammates write down five schools they’d want to play for in college, to which Felton jotted down “North Carolina” five times.
Las Vegas Recap: Dennis Smith
Dennis Smith missed just one shot in his first day match up with the Big Ballers. Smith scored 14 points on 7-for-8 shooting. The 6-foot-2 guard is fast, athletic and has tremendous body control. He sliced his way to the rim, played well through contact and showed he could adjust his shots well at the rim. Smith drew Mark Gottfried, John Calipari, Danny Manning and assistants from Louisville and North Carolina at his opening round game.