Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Basketball Recruiting.
The Seventh Coming: Is high school junior Seventh Woods the next Russell Westbrook?
Seventh Woods’s unusual name is derived, his parents say, from the Book of Genesis. “And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” It’s a good name, but as I watched Seventh, one of the nation’s best high school basketball players, streak across the court during a game last November, I couldn’t help but think there’s nothing about this incredibly gifted 16-year-old point guard that suggests repose.
UNC among Harry Giles' eight finalists
Five-star Class of 2016 forward Harry Giles is going to be a serious threat to be the No. 1 player in the class and the North Carolina native has recovered nicely from an ACL injury to have a dominant junior season. At 6-foot-10, Giles is emerging as an impact player on both ends of the floor and his upside is huge. On Monday night, the No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2016, according to Rivals, cut his list to eight as Giles is down to Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Syracuse, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Ohio State and UNLV.
Recruiting Roundup: Jaylen Brown, Brandon Ingram
UNC head coach Roy Williams and assistant Steve Robinson will be at Kinston High Friday to attend the Senior Night of Brandon Ingram, his father Tweeted. The 6-8 Ingram is also considering Duke, N.C. State, UCLA, Kansas and Kentucky. Jaylen Brown, the 6-foot-7 wing out of Marietta (GA) Wheeler, still plans to take an official visit to Michigan but has no date set. Brown is also considering Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA, Georgia, Georgia Tech and North Carolina and will commit in the spring.
Jayson Tatum Blog: No. 1 junior on team's chances for states, visits from coaches
Jayson Tatum is widely regarded as one of the most talented players in the country, regardless of class. "I’ve had a couple of different coaches come out to my games recently, like when we played my dad’s team Coach Anderson from Mizzou was there with his assistant then North Carolina’s been there and I take a visit to Duke at the end of February. I know people want to know about me, Harry Giles and Dennis Smith playing together in college and right now I’d say that it’s basically something that’s on the table."
USA Basketball unveils Hoop Summit team
USA Basketball announced their Men’s Junior National Select Team, which will compete in the Nike Hoop Summit, on Monday. Scout’s No. 1 player Jaylen Brown headlines the USA team that also includes top 10 prospects Ivan Rabb, Henry Ellenson, Stephen Zimmerman, Caleb Swanigan and Chase Jeter. Malik Newman, a five-star prospect, is also on the roster.
Harry Giles being recruited by (almost) every team in the country
After tearing his ACL and MCL in the summer of 2013 and missing his sophomore season, there was some concern that Harry Giles may lose his explosiveness and never return to the same No. 1 player he was before the injury. Fast forward to his return this past summer and it's clear there is still something special about Giles. Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, Syracuse, Kansas, UConn, Georgetown, Texas, Baylor and UNLV are just a number of the programs who have offered the potential future pro.
Video: Seventh Woods shines in Buckeye Elite Showcase
2016 combo guard Seventh Woods, arguably the highest flyer in the country, showed his all around game in the 2014 Buckeye Elite Showcase.
UNC to watch top 50 prospect Maverick Rowan again
North Carolina is expected to watch 2016 four-star Maverick Rowan Friday night, which would make three viewings in two weeks, according to recruiting analyst Corey Evans. Head coach Roy Williams most recently watched Rowan, a 6-6 small forward at Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons High School, on January 28. Florida head coach Billy Donovan and West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins were also in the crowd that night.
Scout.com Updated 2016 Top 100 Basketball Recruits
Harry Giles has reclaimed the top spot in the 2016 class. At 6-foot-10, Giles brings so much to the table. He’s a scoring threat, both facing the rim and with his back to it. He has developed post moves, a go-to hook and a consistent jump shot. Giles is also a tenacious rebounder. The pole position for the 2016 class wasn’t unanimous, as Josh Jackson and Jayson Tatum, who sat at No. 1 last rankings release, were right there in the discussion with Giles.
Brandon Ingram selected to McDonald's All-American Game
Kinston High School forward Brandon Ingram will represent North Carolina in the 2015 McDonald's All-American Game later this year. Ingram stands at 6-foot-8 and 180 pounds. According to ESPN, he is a five-star player and the No. 12 player from the Class of 2015. The recruiting website lists him has the top player from his class in the state of North Carolina. A three-time state champion at Kinston, Ingram has yet to announce where he will play college basketball. He is still considering offers from Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, NC State, North Carolina and UCLA.
2015 McDonald's All-American Rosters
Being name a McDonald's All-American is one of the biggest honors you can receive as a high school player. On Wednesday, the 24 players selected to the 38th annual McDonald's All-American game were announced. Jaylen Brown (No. 1) and Ben Simmons (No. 2) headline the field, which features nine of Scout’s top 10 prospects and 14 of Scout’s top 16 players. The McDonald’s All-American practices begin March 29th and the game takes place at 9:00 ET at the United Center in Chicago (Ill.) on April 1st.
Roy Williams visiting Kobi Simmons
North Carolina head coach Roy Williams will visit five-star guard Kobi Simmons Wednesday afternoon, according to his father Demond Stephens. Williams recently offered Simmons after watching him play. Ranked No. 15 in the 2016 247Sports Composite rankings, Simmons is strongly considering North Carolina along with Arizona, Georgia, Missouri, Ohio State and Kentucky, which is the only school not to have offered.
Harry Giles reaches 1,000 point landmark
Class of 2016 power forward prospect Harry Giles reached the 1,000 point landmark for his high school career. Giles is a 6-foot-10, 210-pound 247Sports Composite five-star prospect. He is considering Duke, North Carolina, and Wake Forest, among many other schools. Per the 247Sports Composite rankings, Giles is the No. 3 prospect in the 2016 class and the No. 1 power forward.
Roy Williams to watch 2016 SF Maverick Rowan
Roy Williams will watch class of 2016 small forward Maverick Rowan (Cardinal Gibbons/Fort Lauderdale, FL) tonight, the 247Sports Composite four-star confirmed to CarolinaBlue. Rowan has offers from Louisville, N.C. State, Florida, Florida State, Virginia, UCLA, and Wisconsin, among others. UNC has not offered. This is the second time that a UNC coach has watched Rowan. North Carolina assistant Hubert Davis made the trip earlier this month.
Dennis Smith, Jr. attends UNC-Syracuse game
Dennis Smith confirmed on his Twitter feed that he attended the North Carolina game against Syracuse tonight. The 6-3, 180-pound point guard from Fayetteville (N.C.) Trinity Christian School has visited North Carolina for a couple games this month and visited Duke for a game this month. An elite athlete who fits the prototype for the modern NBA point guard, Smith is ranked No. 2 in the 247Sports 2016 rankings and No. 5 in the 247Sports Composite.