UNC Basketball Recruiting
Complete coverage of North Carolina Basketball Recruiting.
De Pere guard Brevin Pritzl's college stock rising
Although shooting guard Brevin Pritzl’s recruiting stock lit up this month when he poured in 37 points in the second half of a double-overtime AAU basketball game, he’s remained grounded while being courted by Division I programs. In addition to the 14 schools that have offered a scholarship, Pritzl has been contacted by the likes of Stanford and North Carolina following his scoring outburst this month playing on the AAU circuit for the Wisconsin Playground Warriors.
Ivan Rabb enjoys UNC visit
Ivan Rabb visited UNC on Monday and while in the triangle area he stopped by Durham to talk with Duke's coaches. Rabb is visiting Georgetown today. Rabb and his family has a strong relationship with UNC head coach Roy Williams. "He (Williams) made me feel comfortable," Rabb said. "He showed me all the different things I can do on the court if I'm in their system." The five-star power forward also mentioned attending Late Night with Roy and might be joined by fellow five-star big man Diamond Stone for a combined official visit to Chapel Hill.
Dennis Smith, Jr. is the next great guard out of North Carolina
Dennis Smith, Jr. has recently made waves on the national recruiting scene thanks to his tremendous play in the adidas Gauntlet. The 6-foot-2 Smith is regarded by Rivals.com as the No. 16 overall prospect in the 2016 national rankings. Smith told NBCSports.com that he’s picked up scholarship offers from Charlotte, Kansas, N.C. State, VCU and Wake Forest with recent interest this spring from Arizona, Duke, Louisville, Michigan and North Carolina.
Ivan Rabb Talks Recruiting
Ivan Rabb is from California and since his team was in Virginia this weekend, he decided to take some unofficial visits this week. Monday Rabb took an unofficial to UNC, and Tuesday he will be visiting Georgetown. Rabb talked recently about what he is looking for in a school both basketball-wise and academically. The Hoyas and Tar Heels are recruiting Rabb the hardest and getting him on campus early is a good sign for both schools.
Harry Giles returns from knee injury
Harry Giles made his much-anticipated return from a serious knee injury over the weekend at the Nike EYBL event in Virginia. Giles, considered the No. 1 prospect in the class of 2016, suffered a torn ACL, MCL and meniscus last June while playing for Team USA. He played his first game in 11 months on Saturday, going for eight points and 10 rebounds in just 15 minutes on the court for the CP3 All-Stars.
Ivan Rabb downplays talk of package deal with Stephen Zimmerman
In an interview with 247Sports, five-star power forward Ivan Rabb downplayed the idea that he will be playing college basketball with fellow five-star, AAU teammate Stephen Zimmerman. "We've talking about it a few times, but we're not exactly sure if we are going to do it or not," Rabb said. "Right now I'm not sure if its going to happen at all. But we enjoy playing with each other. We're like brothers. I love playing with him."
Nike EYBL Hampton Day 1 Recap
Day 1 of the Nike EYBL in Hampton, Va., took place Saturday, bringing together some of the nation’s best prep basketball players for another stop on the circuit’s high-profile tour around the country. News from around the EYBL from Day 1: Malik Newman is the nation’s No. 1 player, according to Rivals.com. He played like it in his team’s second game of the day, dropping 33 points for the Jackson Tigers in a win over Northwest XPress.
Jayson Tatum still wide open in recruitment
Listed at 6-foot-8, St. Louis Elite star Jayson Tatum says he will continue to grow, and play anywhere between the two and the four in college. As for the recruitment process, all of the major blue-blood programs have been after Tatum. “Most recent schools I have heard from are Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, St. Louis,” Tatum said. There was no mention of a specific list as Tatum is still listening to any and all suitors.
Diamond Stone, Malik Newman Talking Package Deal
Diamond Stone reiterated to Evan Daniels of Scout.com on Saturday that he and Malik Newman – two of the top prospects in the Class of 2015 — are talking about a potential package deal. The 6-foot-3 Newman actually mentioned packaging with the 6-10 Stone back in March to Chris Thomas of The Clarion-Ledger. Thomas pointed out that “Newman and Stone played together last summer on USA Basketball’s U16 National Team.”
Stephen Zimmerman Talks Carolina, Will Trim List Again
Playing in Richmond, VA this weekend, Stephen Zimmerman is just a few hours from one of his top eight schools in North Carolina, and talked about the recruitment from head coach Roy Williams. “Roy is real old-school, he talks instead of texting,” Zimmerman said. “They talk to me a lot, they really like me a lot. He just has a message that I can be a big part of their program.” When asked about when he will cut his list next, he said for now he is just taking it easy.
EYBL Hampton Preview
The third leg of the EYBL tips off this weekend in Hampton, Va.. Held at the Boo Williams Sportsplex, Nike's assortment of elite teams will continue their ongoing battle to earn a trip to July's EYBL Finals in South Carolina. Will this be the weekend that No. 1 rising junior Harry Giles suits up for the first time in nearly a year after undergoing knee surgery? Top Players: Ivan Rabb, Stephen Zimmerman, Allonzo Trier, Henry Ellenson, Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles, Antonio Blakeney, Edrice Adebayo, and many more.
Ivan Rabb to visit UNC Monday
Ivan Rabb, the No. 1 player in the Class of 2015 according to ESPN.com and a potential NBA lottery pick in 2016 will visit North Carolina on Monday and Georgetown on Tuesday, his high school coach, Lou Richie, confirmed to SNY.tv. The 6-foot-10, 210-pound post player from Oakland Bishop O’Dowd will play this weekend at the Nike EYBL stop in Hampton Va. North Carolina has no commits yet for 2015 but is involved with several bigs, including Rabb, Stephen Zimmerman and Diamond Stone.
Top-shelf talent at Boo Williams' Nike invitational tournament
Boo Williams' annual Nike boys invitational tournament won't have college coaches in attendance, but as usual features some of the nation's best prep talent. Boo's tournament features 112 teams, highlighted by the third of four stops in Nike's Elite Youth Basketball League. Players to watch: Ivan Rabb, F, 6-9, 205, Oakland, Calif. Oakland Soldiers. Consensus top-three player in Class of 2015. Averaged 27 points and 14 rebounds per game last season at Bishop O'Dowd High.
Harry Giles to return from injury this weekend at EYBL Hampton
At the third session of the Nike EYBL in Hampton, Virginia this weekend, 2016's #1 player, Harry Giles, will make his return to the basketball court "test his knee", according to sources. Giles has been recovering from surgery to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament, the medial collateral ligament and meniscus on his left knee this past July.
Henry Ellenson deserves name mentioned amongst elite centers in 2015
The fact that 6-foot-9, 250-pound Rice Lake (Wisc.) 2015 center Henry Ellenson has participated in major AAU basketball and the USA Basketball Developmental Camp since he was a freshman has allowed Scout.com to get a great feel for him as a prospect. Watching Ellenson this weekend at EYBL, suddenly there's reason to feel significantly better about him as a prospect. Yes, he can still hit three-pointers, but the difference in his body and mobility is night and day.