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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.
Legion of High-Major Coaches Turn Out to Watch Alkins, Heron
A legion of big-time Division 1 coaches turned out on the first night of the July live period in Atlanta to watch the NY Rens team featuring Rawle Alkins and Mustapha Heron at the Adidas Gauntlet Finale. Among the coaches on hand were Kentucky’s John Calipari, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, North Carolina’s Roy Williams, SMU’s Larry Brown, and Texas’ Shaka Smart. Rens coach Andy Borman expects Kentucky, North Carolina, St. John’s and Indiana to prioritize Alkins in July.
Kobi Simmons to Visit Kentucky, Xavier
Kobi Simmons, a 6-foot-5 combo guard from Alpharetta (GA) St. Francis, has set two official visits for later this summer: Kentucky and Xavier. The No. 1 point guard in the Class of 2016 according to 247Sports.com, Simmons is being courted by a Who’s Who of schools, including Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio State, Georgia, Arizona, Kansas and Syracuse, among others.
Jayson Tatum announcing decision within two weeks
Jayson Tatum is ready to let the world know where he will be playing college basketball. Sometime within the next two weeks, the #1 small forward (and #4 overall player) in the Class of 2016 will announce his decision. Down to four schools as of April 10th, the 6'8" wing from Saint Louis, Missouri surprised some when he kept his hometown school on the list with Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina. But based on everything Tatum has said leading up to his decision, counting SLU in with the other three heavyweights was not just a token inclusion.
July Live Period Preview: Five story lines to track this month
During the spring, it looked as though Dennis Smith had the crown locked up as the best guard in the Class of 2016. Although the 6-foot-2 North Carolina native still has a great chance to be the top guard in the national class, he’s going to be pushed by some strong competition during the month of July. 6-foot-5 Kobi Simmons from Atlanta, 6-foot-2 Utah native Frank Jackson and De’Aaron Fox, a 6-foot-3 product of Houston, are all legitimate threats to go at Smith.
Video: Jalek Felton "95 percent" committed to UNC
2017 commit Jalek Felton said Tuesday that he's "95 percent" committed to UNC, that he's still waiting on the NCAA situation to be resolved. He also mentioned Kentucky and South Carolina.
Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum considering package deal
Harry Giles called Jayson Tatum his "best friend"; they roomed together in Crete, just as they did at the FIBA U17 Worlds in Dubai last summer, and both want to chase a national championship in 2016-17, what'll likely be their lone college season. Teaming up in college, Giles said, "is mostly definitely what we talk about," and Tatum called it a "pretty strong possibility." Giles and Tatum have three overlapping schools on their lists: Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina.
Fresh Off Gold Medals, Tatum, Giles Expected to Draw Big Crowds at Peach Jam
Fresh off winning gold medals with the USA U19 team at the World Championship in Greece on Sunday, 2016 stars Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles are expected to compete this week at the Nike Peach Jam. The 6-foot-8 Tatum will play with the St. Louis Eagles, while the 6-10 Giles is on the CP3 roster. The teams are in different pools in the Under-17 bracket and won’t meet during pool play, which begins Thursday at 9 a.m.
USA Beats Croatia in Overtime to Win FIBA U19 World Championship
Facing its toughest game of the tournament, the United States defended its U19 title with a 79-71 overtime victory over Croatia in the gold-medal game of the FIBA Under-19 World Championship in Greece. One day after dropping 30 points on the Italians in the semifinals, Villanova freshman Jalen Brunson went for 14 points, 2016 star forward Harry Giles came on strong late and finished with 13 points and 16 rebounds and Jayson Tatum added 13 points.
Video: Top 2016 basketball recruit Harry Giles having huge summer
Harry Giles of Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.) is validating his place atop the 247Sports Composite for the Class of 2016 this summer. Giles, a 6-foot-9, 225-pound power forward, is one of four rising high school seniors currently in Greece with USA Basketball's U19 team. Through three games, he is averaging 13.6 points and 8.3 rebounds — playing less than 20 minutes in all three.
Dennis Smith shines at Stephen Curry camp, heads next to adidas Gauntlet
Fayetteville point guard Dennis Smith Jr. has a big week ahead in Atlanta, but let's rewind first to the show he put on in front of Stephen Curry, the 2015 NBA MVP and starting point guard for the league champion Golden State Warriors. Check out these highlights. Next up for Smith, fellow in-state recruit Edrice Adebayo and their Team Loaded travel squad is the adidas Uprising Gauntlet Finale in Atlanta from July 8-11.
Peach Jam will have Tobacco Road flavor
Each July, the Riverview Park Activities Center in North Augusta, South Carolina, becomes the epicenter of college basketball. The Nike EYBL Finals, or what's more commonly referred to as the Peach Jam, brings together many of the top high school players and the big name coaches trying to land them. Harry Giles, a 6-foot-10 center from Winston-Salem, is the top ranked player in the class of 2016. He'll be on hand with his CP3 team. Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest are among his top suitors.
5-star PF Dewan Huell has strong bond with FSU
Five-star power forward Dewan Huell is in no rush to decide where he'll play college basketball. But Leonard Hamilton and the Florida State coaching staff have made their mark with Huell, according to his coach Lawton Williams from Norland High School in Miami. Huell, a 6-10, 206-pounder in the Class of 2016, posted on Twitter in April that he's deciding between FSU, Miami, Florida, Louisville, Kansas, Notre Dame, North Carolina, South Carolina, LSU, Maryland, and USF.
Video: Seventh Woods Updates Recruitment
During the Stephen Curry Select camp in Oakland, Calif., Seventh Woods sat down with Scout to discuss his recruitment and which schools are making him a priority. Recruiting Interest: South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, Louisville and Georgetown
Sacha Killeya-Jones discusses UNC offer
CarolinaBlue caught up with Sacha Killeya-Jones to discuss his UNC offer, the Tar Heel offense, and his general recruitment. What does the UNC offer mean to you? Killeya-Jones: "It means a lot to get an offer from UNC. Its a great program. Coach Williams is a Hall of Fame coach. Obviously its great to get an offer from your hometown school. I know a lot about them. So its an honor to get an offer from UNC. It means a lot to me."