UNC Basketball Recruiting
Complete coverage of North Carolina Basketball Recruiting.
Roy Williams, Hubert Davis watch recruits at Nike EYBL in Sacramento
Roy Williams and Hubert Davis are scouting numerous recruits at the Nike EYBL at Jackson Sports Academy in Sacramento, CA this weekend. Here's a list of UNC prospects from Session I on Friday. None of these players have received a UNC scholarship offer to this point. The full schedule of games can be found here
2016 Small Forward, 6-6, 170
Minnetonka, MN (Hopkins)
AAU: Howard Pulley
2016 Power Forward, 6-8, 220
Pinetown, NC (Northside)
AAU: Boo Williams
2015 Center, 6-10, 220
Rochester, NY (Huntington Prep)
AAU: Team Scan
2016 Shooting Guard, 6-6, 180
Akron, OH (St. Vincent-St. Mary)
AAU: King James
2015 Shooting Guard, 6-4, 200
Rockville, MD (Montrose Christian)
AAU: Athletes First
2015 Shooting Guard, 6-4, 170
Orlando, FL (Oak Ridge)
2015 Shooting Guard, 6-4, 170
Seattle, WA (Rainier Beach)
AAU: NW Express
2015 Small Forward, 6-5, 175
Duncanville, TX (Duncanville)
AAU: Team Texas Elite
2015 Power Forward, 6-7, 225
Cornelius, NC (Hough)
AAU: Team Scan
2016 Small Forward, 6-6, 185
Whiteville, NC (Whiteville)
AAU: Team United
The top 25 players to follow on the grassroots basketball circuit
Here’s a look at some of the top names to know that recruiting analysts and college basketball writers will be talking about over the next few months. Harry Giles, 6-foot-10 forward, Winston-Salem, NC: Coming off of a knee injury in June suffered during USA Basketball, Giles returns from tearing his ACL, MCL and meniscus. Can he be a No. 1 type player in 2016 coming off of the injury? How will Giles fair in the EYBL with CP3?
Does Roy Williams Have Geography on His Side for 2015 Recruiting?
Over the years, Roy Williams has found success going after the cream of the crop in North Carolina while also landing highly recruited players from up and down the East Coast. For this recruiting cycle, however, the 63-year-old coach is hoping to bring in a gem or two from the west. According to Inside Carolina, the staff has extended six total scholarship offers to 2015 prospects. Included on that list is Ivan Rabb, a blue-chip power forward from California.
Basketball Evaluation Period Preview
It's going to be a hectic weekend for college basketball coaches, as there are a number of live events throughout the country. Scout.com will be stationed at a number of events. Here's a preview of where they'll have coverage. EYBL Sacramento: Top Players - Ivan Rabb, Antonio Blakeney, Harry Giles, Stephen Zimmerman, Jayson Tatum. Pitt Jam Fest: Top Players - Seventh Woods, Jalek Felton. UA Jayhawk Invitational: Top Players - Malik Newman, Diamond Stone.
UNC to Watch Brandon Ingram this weekend
2015 small forward Brandon Ingram told CarolinaBlue that Kansas, Louisville, Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State will be in Dallas this weekend to watch him play. The 6-foot-7, 170-pound Kinston, North Carolina native said no one leads right now and he does not have a top five. Ingram is a 247Sports Composite five-star prospect.
Players you should expect to hear from this AAU season
This weekend kicks off the major shoe and apparel companies' – Nike, adidas and Under Armour – AAU regular season play with hundreds of players across the country vying for titles, exposure and, most importantly, college scholarships. Here's a look at a handful of players, well-known or otherwise, that you should expect to hear more from this AAU season. Harry Giles III, Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.), F, 2016; Dennis Smith Jr., Trinity Christian School (Fayetteville, N.C.), PG, 2016;
UNC no longer recruiting 2014 SG Elijah Stewart
UNC will not offer a scholarship to 2014 shooting guard Elijah Stewart. UNC coach Roy Williams and assistant C.B. McGrath were in Los Angeles Tuesday to watch the shooting guard. "They will no longer pursue (Elijah)." A source close to Stewart told CarolinaBlue. "Timetables just didn't match up. Coach Williams really liked him but would like to see him play a few more times. With the time frame of everything that's going on it just won't work because he won't be playing anymore games."
UNC recruits give strong showing at all-star games
To me, the player who could make the greatest impact for Carolina is Justin Jackson. This is a guy who runs the floor extremely well for a 6-foot-8 player. He can catch, pass, and shoot. Most importantly for the Tar Heels, he seems to have a well-developed mid-range game. UNC recruit Joel Berry did not play in the Jordan game, but in the McDonalds’ game he showed quick feet at the defensive end. Theo Pinson is another highly rated player committed to the Tar Heels. Pinson is just 6-foot-6, but plays much taller.
UNC, Duke, Kentucky Among Schools in Running for Jayson Tatum
The top schools in the nation are trying to convince Jayson Tatum that their program is right for him. “Illinois watched me last week,” Tatum told SNY.tv. “Coach K from Duke will watch me on Wednesday. He calls to check in on me frequently.” Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari will also watch Tatum today. “Duke, UNC, Illinois, SLU, Kentucky, Wake Forest and Michigan State are showing the most interest,” Tatum said.
EYBL tips fifth season this weekend in Sacramento
The fifth season of the Elite Youth Basketball League gets underway Friday night just outside Sacramento, Calif., bringing together Nike's top 40 sponsored clubs for the first of four weekend sessions this spring. A remarkable 71 of the Top 100 prospects in the 2015 class are expected to take the floor at the Jackson Sports Academy. Many eyes will be on the Oakland Soldiers post duo of 6-foot-9 Ivan Rabb and 6-10 Stephen Zimmerman — two of the top-five prospects in the 2015 class.
Top Recruit Matt Ryan's Perspective has Changed
Negative events such as a car crash and having surgery are hard to handle for a lot of high school players, but when Matt Ryan has things going for him such as getting huge offers and trying to rehab from surgery, that gives him the confidence to get better and work hard and also have a good senior season. Ryan is being recruited some big time colleges such as UNC, Georgetown, Duke, and Boston College.
Roy Williams to visit 2014 SG Elijah Stewart Tuesday
Sources close to 2014 shooting guard Elijah Stewart can confirm that Roy Williams will watch the 6-foot-5, 165-pound Los Angeles product today. Stewart was recently released from his Loyola Marymount LOI after a very successful senior season. The 247Sports Composite four star guard is being recruited by many big name programs. "Region and location are not an issue. He is open to whatever," the source explained.
Theo Pinson named North Carolina Mr. Basketball
Theo Pinson of High Point Wesleyan is Mr. Basketball in North Carolina. A 6-foot-6 guard signed to North Carolina, Pinson was a McDonald’s All-American this year and a top 15 national recruit. Pinson led his high school team to back-to-back N.C. Independent Schools 3A state titles.
Recruiting Profile: 2015 Power Forward Henry Ellenson
At 6’10 235 lbs, Henry Ellenson can be a beast in the middle. He is big but knows how to use his size to his advantage. Ellenson is fairly comfortable shooting anywhere on the court and has the ability to make jumpers. He handles the ball very well for a big man and just because he isn’t lightning fast doesn’t mean his moves aren’t fluid. His court awareness is underrated. Ellenson also passes well and can, in some situations, rebound and get the break started.
Jalek Felton named to MaxPreps Freshman All-American team
Mullins point guard Jalek Felton was named to second team of the MaxPreps Freshman All-American team. Felton averaged 21.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists this season for the Region 8-2A champion Auctioneers. The nephew of Knicks point guard Raymond Felton is regarded as one of the top prospects in the Class of 2017. Felton is currently drawing interest from North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas and Georgetown.