UNC Basketball Recruiting
Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Basketball Recruiting.
Seventh Woods ready to take next step?
What we’ll be watching this season is whether Seventh Woods has settled into his ultimate position. While he’s a defensive point guard — and a potentially dominant one at that — earlier this year he struggled to run the show naturally for his various travel and camp teams. His jump shot also will be an area to monitor. Woods at times has caught fire, such as at last year’s HSOT Invitational, and including over the weekend in his 37-point outing.
Edrice Adebayo with stellar performance in front of Roy Williams
2016 five-star prospect Edrice Adebayo put up 40 points and 19 rebounds in front of North Carolina head coach Roy Williams. Footage is now on his 247Sports profile courtesy of ballislife.com. Along with North Carolina, Kansas and North Carolina State are considered strong in Adebayo's recruitment.
Q&A with Antonio Blakeney
What’s North Carolina’s interest been like? Antonio Blakeney: “They are very interested. They are basically saying they really lack shooting. I could come in and play right away and be the shooter that they need. They’ve been trying to get me on campus January 10th and N.C. State has been trying to get me on campus January 10th. If I do it, it’ll be one of those and that’ll be it. I really just need to talk to my mom and coach Reese and figure out what I’m doing.”
Sacha Killeya-Jones adds to his game
Sacha Killeya-Jones, a junior at Lynchburg (Va.) Virginia Episcopal School, spent the fall in the weight room working on his strength and conditioning. That was evident on the court this past week. Killeya-Jones cited interest from a host of schools including Virginia, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Georgetown, Duke and George Washington. Killeya-Jones also took a pair of recent unofficial visits to Duke. Killeya-Jones is regarded as the No. 9 power forward and the No. 62 center in the 2016 recruiting class.
Seventh Woods shines playing through tragedy
Hammond junior Seventh Woods got off to a slow start in his team’s 94-68 victory over Spring Valley on Saturday night. He missed his first three shots but it wasn’t because of the adrenaline he felt going against South Carolina signee P.J. Dozier in front of a capacity crowd. Woods was carrying a heavy heart. Less than 24 hours before the ball was tossed and the two powerhouses in the state tipped off, Woods lost his grandparents in a house fire.
Roy Williams offers Tony Bradley
Roy Williams traveled to Florida on Monday to watch Bartow (Fla.) High standout Tony Bradley. On Wednesday evening the UNC head coach extended a scholarship offer to the 6-foot-10 junior center. “Coach Williams called me 30 minutes ago and he surprised me when he said he was going to offer me a scholarship to the University of North Carolina,” Bradley added. UNC joins a long list of schools that have offered Bradley, who claims offers from more than 30 colleges.
Roy Williams watches Jayson Tatum in St. Louis
Roy Williams followed the recruiting trail to St. Louis, Missouri to watch Jayson Tatum Tuesday night. Tatum, a 6-foot-8, 190-pound wing player, is the No. 1 player in the 2016 class per the 247Sports Composite rankings. His Chaminade College Prep School team faced off against Christian Brothers Academy, who is coached by Jayson's father, Justin. Tatum finished with 25 points, 11 rebounds, 4 steals, 5 assists, and 1 block in an 81-59 win.
Harry Giles III talks Coach K, Coach Cal, Coach Williams, rankings
Harry Giles: "Almost the whole Duke staff was at my game last week; Coach K, Coach Capel, Coach Scheyer and Coach James, and then Coach Williams and Coach Davis from UNC were at the same game so that was fun to have them there. We didn’t play our best so that was the bad part. You always want to put on a show when the big time coaches come to see you so I was a little disappointed that we didn’t play a great game."
Roy Williams watches 2016 PF Tony Bradley
North Carolina head coach Roy Williams was in the house Monday night at Bartow (FL) High School as 2016 power forward Tony Bradley dropped 36 points. The 6-foot-10, 230-pound prospect is a 247Sports Composite four-star from Florida. Bradley is a new name for most UNC fans who follow basketball recruiting. The Tar Heels have not offered Bradley yet, but his 36 points Monday evening had to catch the eye of the Carolina head man.
Video: The Real Harry Giles
Harry Giles is one of the most highly recruited players of his generation. Now, get to know the person behind the basketball player.
Roy Williams watches five-star SF Jaylen Brown
North Carolina head coach Roy Williams and assistant coach Hubert Davis were at Wheeler High School in Marietta, Georgia Friday evening watching class of 2015 prospect Jaylen Brown. The 6-foot-7, 217-pound small forward is a 247Sports Composite five-star and the No. 2 overall player in the 2015 class. Williams had an in-home visit with Brown in early October.
Blake Harris reclassifies, excited for move to junior class
Blake Harris was one of the hottest sophomore point guards in the Southeast. That’s a “was” because he has joined the junior class and thus accelerated his timeline from high school to college. His improvement shocked more than just me. The slender point guard and North Carolina native quickly has become a hot name on the regional high-major circuit, with schools outside the region anxious to become more involved as well.
UNC, Duke to watch Dennis Smith Thursday night
Dennis Smith, Jr is the 2nd-ranked point guard in the Class of 2016 so a lot of college programs will be vying for his services. Two in-state schools who have offered him, Duke and North Carolina, will send their head coach and an assistant to watch him play Thursday night. Duke will be sending Mike Krzyzewski and Jeff Capel while UNC is expected to send Roy Williams and CB McGrath.
UNC, Duke Watch Harry Giles
Duke’s entire coaching staff along with North Carolina’s Roy Williams and Hubert Davis watched 2016 power forward Harry Giles of Wesleyan (N.C.) Christian play Tuesday night. Giles listed Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Syracuse, Kansas, Ohio State, UNLV and Texas as the schools recruiting him the hardest. Giles has discussed possibly teaming up with two of the players also in the Class of 2016: Jayson Tatum and Dennis Smith.
Coach Speak: Harry Giles
He’s the highest rated North Carolina player since John Wall. His 6-10 size, coupled with guard-like skills and an unquantifiable ferocity make him a matchup nightmare. And his recruitment, while also having the potential to alter college basketball’s landscape, invokes memories of some of the bigger recruiting battles in the state’s history. Inside Carolina traveled to the school to get a better understanding of Giles as a person, player and leader.