UNC Basketball Recruiting
Brandon Ingram visits UNC
Fresh off a Friday visit to NC State, a Saturday trip to Duke and a Sunday visit to North Carolina to watch games, one would think that Brandon Ingram is on the verge of announcing a decision soon. But the six schools left on the 5-Star small forward's list will have to wait at least until after Wednesday, when the fall signing period ends to know if they'll land Ingram. He told me this evening that he will sign his letter of intent in the spring, but will make a verbal commitment before that time.
Video: Harry Giles with 38 points, 19 rebounds
Harry Giles and #2 ranked (USA Today) Wesleyan Christian Academy hosted Rayjon Tucker and Northside Christian on Friday night. In his second game back since a devastating knee injury, Giles scored 38 points and grabbed 19 rebounds in front of a sold out home crowd, running along-side Kwe Parker and future Wake Forest PG Brandon Childress.
Luke Maye follows dad’s lead on court, in classroom
This week, Hough High’s Luke Maye, one of the best high school basketball players in North Carolina, announced he would attend North Carolina and play for coach Roy Williams’ nationally ranked Tar Heels. Maye, a 6-foot-8, 235-pound senior power forward, said it was a dream come true. “I can’t believe this is happening for me,” Maye, 17, said Friday morning. Thirty one years ago, his father Mark said the same thing when he announced he would attend North Carolina to play football.
Video: Harry Giles' Big Return
After a year of rehab and recovery, the state's top basketball recruit is ready to hit the hardwood once again. WXII's Kenny Beck reports live from Wesleyan Academy.
Jaylen Brown cuts list to seven
Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler 5-star wing Jaylen Brown is officially down to seven schools. The 6-foot-7 forward, ranked as the No. 2 overall prospect in the 2015 class according to the 247Sports Composite, cut his list to Kansas, Kentucky, Georgia, Georgia Tech, UCLA, Michigan and North Carolina. Brown has already taken official visits to Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA and has said he will use official visits to Michigan and UNC.
Roy Williams Offers Jalek Felton
Raymond Felton helped Roy Williams win his first national championship in 2005. The UNC staff hopes Jalek Felton follows in his uncle’s footsteps. Williams and UNC offered the class of 2017 guard on Friday, sources confirm, 12 years after his uncle’s first game as a Tar Heel. “I’ve liked North Carolina since I was younger,” the 6-3 guard from Mullins (S.C.) High told Inside Carolina earlier this year.
Skal Labissiere commits to Kentucky
The somewhat mysterious recruitment of Skal Labissiere has come to an end. The 6-foot-10, 210-pound big man from Haiti by way of Memphis committed to Kentucky on Thursday on ESPNU, choosing the Wildcats over hometown Memphis as well as North Carolina, Georgetown, Baylor and Tennessee. “Next year, I’ll be a Wildcat at the University of Kentucky,” he said on ESPNU.
Dennis Smith Jr. talks UNC, Duke visits
Dennis Smith, Jr.: "My first visit was the North Carolina for the Late Night with Roy thing and I had a great time. There were a lot of great prospects out there; me, Harry Giles, Brandon Ingram, Perry Dozier and Seventh Woods just to name a few. It was just cool, the team had a good, competitive scrimmage and they did some funny skits and dances and things like that. It was real upbeat and fun. I think their team is gonna be pretty good this year."
P.J. Dozier Commits to South Carolina
P.J. Dozier, Scout.com's No. 33 ranked player, announced his college decision on Wednesday. Dozier, a standout at Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley, opted to stay local and picked South Carolina over scholarship offers from Louisville, Georgetown, North Carolina and Michigan. Why did he opt for the Gamecocks? Upward Stars coach Curt Wheeler said proximity was the deciding factor.
More details emerge about Skal Labissiere, Reach Your Dream Prep
Skal Labissiere is expected to announce his college decision on Thursday, but before he can depart for Memphis, Kentucky, North Carolina, Georgetown, Baylor or Tennessee, he must first play (or not play) his senior season. Labissiere announced two weeks ago that he would be playing for Reach Your Dream Prep, a Memphis-based team created and coached by his guardian Gerald Hamilton. The top prospect is still enrolled for academics at Lausanne Collegiate School.
UNC 'The Best Opportunity' For Luke Maye
Luke Maye, a 6-7 forward at Cornelius (N.C.) Hough, has performed well at several high-profile events across the country during his high school career. He posted strong numbers on the EYBL circuit with Team United; he was among the leading rebounders at the NBPA Top 100 Camp. Still, he heard the talk and he heard the question. Was he good enough? In his mind, the answer is, unequivocally, yes. Playing at North Carolina gives him another chance to prove it.
Stephen Zimmerman sets final official visit, cuts UNC
After taking four official visits, Stephen Zimmerman, a standout at Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman, has set his fifth and final visit. Zimmerman, a five-star center, will visit the hometown school UNLV on Friday. Zimmerman has already taken official visits to Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA. North Carolina was previously on Zimmerman's list, but the two parted ways Tuesday morning, according to Zimmerman's mother -- Lori Stevens.
Basketball Signing Day Primer
The first signing period begins on Wednesday and there are plenty of storylines to track leading up to the big day. Who will sign early? Who plans to wait? Which school will end up with the best class? Perry Dozier, a standout at Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley, is scheduled to announce his choice on Wednesday at 12:30 at his high school, according to his father – P.J. Dozier Sr. Dozier, Scout.com’s No. 33 recruit, is down to Georgetown, Louisville, South Carolina, North Carolina and Michigan.
Luke Maye goes with dream school
It was no secret that power forward Luke Maye of Cornelius (N.C.) Hough High School coveted a UNC offer. That offer came and Maye, whose dad was a quarterback for UNC, is the first 2015 Tar Heel commitment. Maye, 6-7, 225-pounds, chose North Carolina over the likes of Charlotte, Clemson, Davidson and others. Ranked No. 108 in the Top 247 and No. 136 in the 247Sports Composite, Maye is a hard-nosed competitor with a high basketball IQ and skill level.
Luke Maye commits to UNC
Roy Williams's first commitment in the 2015 class is Luke Maye, the 6-7 senior forward at Cornelius (N.C.) Hough confirmed on Tuesday morning. The other finalists were Clemson and Davidson. He received prior offers from Virginia, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame and Gonzaga, which were no longer under consideration. Williams first began seriously recruiting Maye after getting word that Maye and Hough bested Kennedy Meeks' team in the 2013 NCHSAA state playoffs.