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Luke Kennard narrows list, hopes to make decision by summer

If you’re impressed with the 45 points left-handed shooting Luke Kennard scored in Franklin (Ohio) High’s Beach Ball Classic opening win Friday against Mullins, you should see him throw a football. He does that well enough to have a scholarship offer from Louisville football coach Charlie Strong. And he does that right-handed. Kennard has narrowed his list of basketball finalists to Duke, North Carolina, Ohio State, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan and Florida, and he hopes to make a decision no later than this summer. (Myrtle Beach Sun News)

Video: Antonio Blakeney City of Palms Classic highlights

Highlights from 2015 UNC shooting guard recruit Antonio Blakeney at last weekend's City of Palms Classic. (View Video...)

What We Learned: HSOT Holiday Invitational

At the High School OT Holiday Invitational, Justin Jackson, a UNC signee, averaged 37 points over three games. That 111-point total put him in a tie for second in the tournament's history behind former UNC great Donald Williams, who scored 115 points in the 1990 Holiday Invitational. And if you thought Seventh Woods' game was just about finishing with ferocious dunks then you would be mistaken. Also, lost in all of the warranted Seventh Woods' hype was the introduction of Trinity (Fayetteville, N.C.) point guard Dennis Smith Jr. into stardom. (USA Today)

Jalek Felton calls UNC his "dream school"

The reaction to his last name is something that Mullins freshman Jalek Felton said he’s gotten used to. The tall and wiry point guard also played significant time as an eighth-grader last season, averaging 14.5 points and 4.3 assists. But Felton said he has learned from the relationship with his uncle (Raymond Felton), and hopes to follow in his footsteps someday. While it’ll be a while before the player regarded as one of the top prospects in the 2017 class ships out for college, Felton said his “dream school” is the University of North Carolina. (Myrtle Beach Sun News)

HSOT Holiday Invitational Final Day Recap: Jackson, Berry, Smith, Woods, Ingram

The Holiday Invitational wrapped up its 3-day tournament Saturday with North Carolina coach Roy Williams on hand. Here's a recap of how UNC's basketball recruits fared.

Joel Berry (2014 UNC point guard signee)
Brandon Ingram (2015 UNC small forward recruit)
Berry led Lake Highland to a 74-54 championship victory over Ingram's Kinston squad with Roy Williams in attendance. Berry scored 34 points on 12-of-16 shooting and was 10-of-14 from the free-throw line. He also had 7 rebounds and was named the tournament's MVP. Ingram finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Game Recap

Justin Jackson (2014 UNC small forward signee)
With Roy Williams on hand, Jackson finished with a game-high 33 points, leading the Warriors to a 75-70 win over Wilbraham & Monson. His 3-day point total of 111 places him second all-time in the tournament's history behind former UNC and Garner star Donald Williams (115 in 1990). Jackson was also named the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Game Recap

Dennis Smith, Jr. (2016 UNC point guard recruit)
Smith and his Trinity teammates fell to Carlisle in the Summit Bracket championship game, 72-66. Smith scored 17 points in the loss and averaged 27 points and 7 assists per game over the 3-day event. Game Recap

Seventh Woods (2016 UNC point guard recruit)
Woods' Hammond team fell in the day's opening game to Middle Creek, 78-48. Roy Williams was in the gym early for the 8:30 a.m. tip, and watched Woods score 14 in the loss. Game Recap

View the complete tournament brackets, game articles, and photos at (HSOT Holiday Invitational Final Day Recap: Jackson, Berry, Smith, Woods, Ingram)

Video: Dennis Smith, Jr. scores 30 points in second half to finish with 41

Dennis Smith Jr. highlights from Friday's game at the Holiday Invitational. Smith took over in the 4th quarter, leading his team to victory over Justin Jackson and HCYA. (View Video...)

Video: Justin Jackson, Dennis Smith Jr. both score 40+ in head-to-head matchup

Dennis Smith Jr and Justin Jackson went head to head Friday and both finished with over 40 points in front of a sellout crowd at Broughton High School. Dennis Smith Jr scored 41 points in Trinity's win over HCYA despite 42 points by North Carolina commit Justin Jackson. (View Video...)

HSOT Holiday Invitational Day 2 Recap: Jackson, Berry, Woods, Smith, Ingram

Several UNC basketball recruits had big days on day two of the Holiday Invitational. Here's a recap and a look forward to Saturday's games.

Joel Berry (2014 UNC point guard signee)
Berry's Lake Highland team held off Apex 73-68 in overtime. Berry scored 29 points in the second half and in overtime, ending the game with 40 points and 13 rebounds. Berry will lead Lake Highland against Brandon Ingram's Kinston team in the championship game Saturday night at 8:30. Game Recap

Justin Jackson (2014 UNC small forward signee)
Dennis Smith (2016 UNC point guard recruit)
Smith's Trinity team defeated Jackson's Homeschool Christian Youth Association 82-73 to advance to the championship game Saturday. Jackson and Smith both had monster games with Jackson scoring 42 points and Simth 41. Smith scored 30 in the second half and will play in the championship game Saturday night at 7:30 against Carlisle. Game Recap

Seventh Woods (2016 UNC point guard recruit)
Woods' Hammond team lost to Word of God 77-60. Woods, followed his 42-point outburst in his first game of the HSOT with 23 points in the loss. Hammond will play Middle Creek Saturday morning at 8:30. Game Recap

Brandon Ingram (2015 UNC small forward recruit)
Ingram's Kinston team defeated Wheeler 47-45 to advance to Saturday night's championship game against Joel Berry's Lake Highland team at 8:30. Ingram, who battled foul trouble throughout much of the first half, ended up with 23 points and eight rebounds for the Vikings. Game Recap (HSOT Holiday Invitational Day 2 Recap: Jackson, Berry, Woods, Smith, Ingram)

Video: Seventh Woods Scores 23 in a Row - 7 3s in the 4th & Finishes with 42 at Holiday Invitational

Seventh Woods dropped 42 during day one of the HSOT Holiday Invitational, including hitting 7 threes en route to scoring 23 consecutive points. Hammond was playing against Trinity Christian. (View Video...)

P.J. Dozier Feels Better After Surgery

P.J. Dozier is upbeat after surgery. In fact, he feels better than he did before he had ACL-repair surgery that is keeping him out for the whole year. “Rehab is going really good right now,” Dozier told “My goals are to come back bigger and stronger than I did before.” Ranked 17th in the Class of 2015 by ESPN, Dozier is a 6-foot-6 point guard out of Spring Valley (S.C.), and currently holds offers from North Carolina, Kansas, Georgetown, Indiana, Louisville, and Ohio State, among others. (Zag's Blog)

UNC recruits Jackson, Berry show flashes in Holiday tourney

Two-thirds of North Carolina’s 2014 recruiting class is on display at the Holiday Invitational. And if their performances Thursday on opening night at Broughton were any indication, Tar Heels fans are going to be very happy. Point guard Joel Berry was a stat-sheet stuffer for Lake Highland Prep of Orlando, Fla., in its 73-45 rout of Clayton, finishing with 14 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. And 6-foot-8 Justin Jackson had a dominant outing for the Homeschool Christian Youth Association of Houston, Texas, in a 73-55 romp over Word of God. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Rashad Vaughn announces final 5 list

2014 5-star shooting guard Rashad Vaughn announced his final 5 list of schools on Friday via Twitter. They are Kansas, UNLV, Kentucky, Iowa State, and North Carolina, in no particular order.

Rashad Vaughn @ShowtimeMr
Blessed to say my final 5: Kansas, UNLV, Kentucky, Iowa St, North Carolina #NoOrder

Vaughn is scheduled to make his official visit to Chapel Hill on February 15th for the Tar Heels' game against Pittsburgh. (Rashad Vaughn announces final 5 list)

Justin Jackson takes route less traveled to be top recruit

The No. 8 ranked prospect in the nation – No. 1 at his position according to ESPN – has all the pedigree to be attending a private academy or a high school hoops factory. But UNC signee Justin Jackson is home-schooled and plays for a program called Highschool Christian Youth Academy based in Houston, Texas. "People think of homeschool kids as people who just stay at home in their PJ's," Jackson said Thursday before taking the court at Broughton High School. "We have to go out there and show them that homeschool kids can play ball too." (High School OT)

Brandon Ingram leads Kinston to overtime win in Holiday Invitational

The Kinston Vikings weren’t happy with the way they performed in last year’s Holiday Invitational, getting knocked out after two losses. In Thursday’s 49-46 win against host Raleigh Broughton, they felt they redeemed themselves a bit. ESPN 5-star junior guard Brandon Ingram scored a team-high 15 points – including all three of his team’s points in the overtime – to lead the Vikings to their sixth win of the season. (High School OT)

Jackson, Smith, Woods post big numbers on opening day of Holiday Invitational

Devin Booker (Moss Point) and Seventh Woods (Hammond School) both posted 42-point performances on Thursday, and both players did so in losing efforts. Moss Point was defeated by Apex 64-59, while Hammond School fell to Trinity Christian 79-65. Woods hit seven 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, nearly pulling his team back into the game after trailing by over 20 points. UNC signee Justin Jackson (Homeschool Christian Youth Association) ranks in the top three of three different statistical categories after the first day. Jackson scored 36 points, pulled in 14 rebounds and posted two blocked shots. (High School OT)

Video: Seventh Woods, Dennis Smith, Joel Berry Holiday Invitational Highlights

South Carolina 15-year old Seventh Woods is already an internet legend. Thursday at Broughton, he showed us why. The 2016 UNC point guard recruit scored 42 points and hit 7 fourth-quarter three pointers in a losing effort to UNC recruit Dennis Smith's Trinity team. 2014 UNC point guard commit Joel Berry also played well and led his team to victory. (View Video...)

Video: Ivan Rabb at the Tarkanian Classic

5-star 2015 power forward Ivan Rabb of Bishop O'Dowd High School (Oakland, CA) is arguably the most skilled big-man in the nation. Rabb impressed everyone in attendance at the 2013 Tarkanian Classic while helping lead O'Dowd to the championship game. (View Video...)

UNC basketball recruits converge on Raleigh for Holiday Invitational

Several North Carolina basketball commits and recruits will participate in the 2013 Holiday Invitational this weekend (December 26th-28th) at Raleigh's Broughton High School.

Among the UNC recruits scheduled to participate are Joel Berry (2014 UNC PG commit), Justin Jackson (2014 UNC SF commit), Brandon Ingram (2015 SF recruit w/offer), Jalek Felton (2017 PG recruit), Seventh Woods (2016 PG recruit w/offer), and Dennis Smith (2016 PG recruit).

Other top national recruits competing include Devin Booker (2014 SG), Goodluck Okonoboh (2014 PF), Daniel Giddens (2015 C), Thon Maker (2016 C), and Kwe Parker (2016 SG).

Complete details, including Sites & Schedules, Directions, Ticket Prices, and Parking Information, can be found here. (UNC basketball recruits converge on Raleigh for Holiday Invitational)

Video: The Pinson Chick-fil-A Classic Highlights

North Carolina commit Theo Pinson highlights from the 2013 Chick-fil-A Classic in Columbia, South Carolina. (View Video...)

Seventh Woods, Hammond to play in Holiday Invitational

When Hammond School makes the 200-mile trek up U.S. 1 from Columbia, S.C., for this year’s Holiday Invitational, they’ll do so with one of the top sophomores in the country, ESPN’s No. 5-ranked point guard, Seventh Woods. While Woods is the most highly recruited player on coach Mark McClams’ squad, junior Xavier McDaniel is a player who will have a big impact on his team’s success throughout this week. “His dad was the X-Man (Xavier McDaniel), who played for the Seattle Supersonics in the NBA for 12 years,” McClam said. (High School OT)

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Where's Roy?
Tracking Roy Williams on the Recruiting Trail

Monday, November 02, 2015
Watching 2016 combo guard Seventh Woods work out at Hammond School in Columbia, SC

Thursday, October 15, 2015
Watching 2016 combo guard Seventh Woods work out at Hammond School in Columbia, SC

Monday, September 28, 2015
On an in-home visit with 4-star stretch forward Lauri Markkanen in Helsinki, Finland.

Thursday, September 17, 2015
On an in-home visit with 2016 4-star center Udoka Azubuike in Jacksonville, FL

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Visiting 2016 PF Harry Giles at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, VA

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