Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Basketball Recruiting.
UNC, Kansas, Duke, UCLA, Kentucky in mix for 2017 7-footer DeAndre Ayton
At 7-feet, 235 pounds with a game that resembles a young Kevin Garnett, it’s not hard to see why DeAndre Ayton is the consensus No. 1 player in the Class of 2017. As far as colleges, a Who’s Who of high-major programs are involved. “You got Kansas, North Carolina, Duke, UCLA, Kentucky...I mean all the big schools have really been working to talk to him.” On June 1, colleges can begin to contact Ayton directly and he knows his phone is going to blow up.
Edrice ‘Bam’ Adebayo Looking to Take More Visits, Cut List
As far as schools, Edrice Adebayo said he’s visited ECU, North Carolina, N.C. State, Duke and Virginia. “Just about the whole ACC,” he said. He has several more visits in mind, but wasn’t ready to disclose them. “I have to sit down and talk about it,” he said. Peartree said Adebayo could soon cut his list. “By mid-summer, end of the summer, we’ll try to put out a list,” he said.
Seventh Woods Says North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida Recruiting Him Hardest
Seventh Woods, the 6-foot-2 point guard from the Columbia (S.C.) Hammond School, said three schools are working the hardest for his services. “I’m wide open as a decision, but probably recruiting me the hardest, Florida just came on strong, North Carolina, South Carolina, a couple more,” he said. UNC just received its Notice of Allegations from the NCAA, but remains in the mix for Woods. Woods was asked if that would factor into his decision. “A little bit,” he said.
UNC a dream school for Kenny Williams
It took Kenny Williams a week, but then he realized what he needed to do. Williams, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard, had committed to play basketball at Virginia Commonwealth University back in August 2014 – just as he was beginning his senior year of high school at Lloyd C. Bird High School in Chesterfield, Virginia.
Kenny Williams to play in Mary Kline Classic
North Carolina recruit Kenny Williams has been added to the roster of the Mary Kline Classic game. Williams was a late add to the Class of 2015 recruiting coup for Roy Williams and the Tar Heels. Williams is known as a great shooter and will be a valuable addition to next year’s roster.
Tevin Mack Commits to Texas
Tevin Mack, who originally committed and signed with Shaka Smart at VCU, has opted to follow him to Texas, he tells Scout. “I chose them because I signed to play for coach Smart in the beginning,” Mack said. “I wanted to stay with him and follow him and stick with the same plan. It feels like a great fit.” Mack, who ranks No. 65 overall and No. 11 at the small forward position, took an official visit to Texas on May 8th and 9th.
Video: Dennis Smith Jr. and Edrice Adebayo connect on an off the backboard alley-oop
Dennis Smith Jr. is one of the most exciting players to watch in the Class of 2016. The uncommitted point guard showed why in this 20-second span for Team Loaded NC at the Southern Jam Fest this weekend. Two steals from his teammate led to two highlights. First, a powerful one-handed jam from the 6-foot-2 Smith. That was followed by Smith eluding a defender with an up-and-under before lobbing the ball of the backboard for the trailing Edrice ‘Bam’ Adebayo.
Luke Maye Eager For The Challenge
Finding out he’ll be on scholarship all four years at North Carolina didn’t change much for Luke Maye. He’s still looking forward to playing for the school he rooted for growing up. He still wants to prove he’s good enough to compete in the ACC. He still is working to improve his overall game. The scholarship did, however, provide some validation. “I never really put a lot of focus on the scholarship when I committed,” Maye said.
Edrice "Bam Bam" Adebayo shows why the nickname fits at adidas Gauntlet
From Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick “Swaggy P” Young to Shaquille O’Neal’s “The Big Aristotle” the myriad of truly bad, head-scratching nicknames has been around the game of basketball for quite a while. That’s why it’s refreshing to come across an alias at the adidas Gauntlet that just makes perfect sense. Team Loaded (N.C.) forward Edrice Adebayo goes by “Bam Bam” and though his on-court prowess wasn’t how the name originated it’s absolutely applicable.
UNC Recruiting 2016 SF Miles Bridges
Highly touted 2016 wing Miles Bridges told Scout at EYBL Houston this past weekend that five schools are recruiting him the hardest. Bridges, a standout at Huntington (W.V.) Prep, rattled off a list that includes Iowa State, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State and North Carolina. What sticks out about each program? “North Carolina’s game fits me, too. They like to get down the floor fast. They are a run and gun team and that’s what I like.”
Harry Giles Blog: Kentucky, Duke, UNC, Wake Forest visits
Harry Giles: "I had two-in homes with Duke and Kentucky then UNC and Wake Forest came to my school; they all happened a couple weeks back. The visit with Coach Williams was really cool too! He talked about how he would use me and where he saw me playing. He really laid it all out. As far as the package deal, it’s still alive. Me, Jay (Tatum) and Junior (Smith) have still been talking so it’s still an option. We’re gonna see what happens with it."
Tevin Mack Eyeing Decision on Tuesday
Tevin Mack is eyeing a college announcement on Tuesday but won’t say who his three finalists are. “Not saying who my finalists are,” Mack told SNY.tv. “I think I’ll have a press conference.” The 6-foot-6 2015 wing out of Columbia (S.C.) Dresser visited Texas this past weekend and told SNY.tv then he was also considering Kansas and Georgia among others. He had also listed Clemson, UCLA, West Virginia and North Carolina.
Introducing the best 5-star basketball recruits in the loaded class of 2016
Now two years removed from that injury, Harry Giles has been able to recapture his old form. He was exceptional at Nike's EYBL event in Houston this past weekend, finishing with 28 points and 11 rebounds on 12-of-16 shooting for Team CP3 in a win against Mokan Elite and top 2017 prospect Michael Porter. Giles is a long, lean and skilled big man who might remind you a bit of Chris Bosh.
2016 guard Curtis Jones hearing from UNC
2016 top 50 prospect Curtis Jones is now being recruited by North Carolina after the Tar Heels watched him play during the second evaluation period in April. Jones, a 6-4, 175-pound combo guard from Huntington (W.V.) Prep, also listed Georgetown, Texas, Maryland, Indiana, Wake Forest and Xavier along with UNC as the schools recruiting him the hardest. All but Texas and UNC have offered.
Jalek Felton Under Armour event highlights
The recent Under Armour event in Louisville, Kentucky, didn’t feature Jalek Felton healthy or at his very best, but even when limited as a scorer it’s easy to observe his multi-faceted talents as a ball handler and passer.