UNC Basketball Recruiting
Q&A with Stephen Zimmerman
The recruiting process really picks up for most high school basketball players during the spring and summer before their senior year. For Stephen Zimmerman, this probably feels like business as usual. The Bishop Gorman junior has been on national recruiting radars for several years, with his long frame and nimble feet enticing pretty much every program in the country. Zimmerman spoke with the Sun to discuss narrowing down his choices, playing for the Oakland Soldiers and getting to the NBA: (Las Vegas Sun
Seventh Woods keeps game sharp on AAU circuit
Seventh Woods' school Hammond fell short in the playoffs this season, and Woods is using the AAU circuit to continue to grow his game. "There's so much more competition in AAU and we get to travel around the world to play," Woods said. Top Division 1 programs have been courting him since he stepped foot on Hammond's campus. South Carolina and Clemson have already offered the 6-1 170 pounder as well as North Carolina and Wichita State. (WACH.com
Ivan Rabb to Cut List After Summer
Ivan Rabb is the No. 1 player in the Class of 2015 according to ESPN.com and a potential NBA lottery pick in 2016. At this point, the 6-foot-10, 210-pound post player from Oakland Bishop O’Dowd is being recruited by a Who’s Who of elite colleges and plans to trim his list later this summer. “The schools that he has recruiting him are University of California-Berkeley, UCLA, USC, Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, Georgetown and North Carolina,” Bishop O’Dowd coach Lou Richie told SNY.tv Tuesday. (Zag's Blog
Stephen Zimmerman, P.J. Dozier Invited to USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team Training Camp
A total of 12 athletes with prior USA Basketball experience, including three gold medalists, headline the list of 21 of the nation’s top 18-and-unders who accepted invitations to participate in the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team training camp, USA Basketball today announced. UNC recruits scheduled to attend the USA training camp are Stephen Zimmerman (Bishop Gorman H.S. / Las Vegas, Nev.) and P.J. Dozier (Spring Valley H.S. / Columbia, S.C.). (USA Basketball
UNC inquires about 2015 SG Brevin Pritzl
Indiana and North Carolina are the latest schools to show interest in 2015 shooting guard Brevin Pritzl according to Mark Miller. Pritzl has had a strong spring showing and is the No. 90 ranked prospect by 247Sports and the No. 177 ranked prospect in the 247Sports Composite. (Carolina Blue
Ivan Rabb looking to keep his spot near the top of 2015
Last season, it was Jahlil Okafor and Cliff Alexander who teamed up on the AAU circuit to form a dominant inside duo. This time around, it's Ivan Rabb and Stephen Zimmerman who are playing together. Although both players are ranked among the top 10 juniors nationally, there have been some growing pains. In terms of recruiting, Rabb has pretty much every big school in the country showing interest. North Carolina, Georgetown, Arizona and California are coming at him the hardest. (CBS Sports
Edrice Adebayo Claims UNC Offer
2016 5-star power forward Edrice Adebayo (aka "Bam Bam") from Pinetown, NC (Northside HS) received a scholarship offer from Roy Williams on Thursday, according to Adebayo's Twitter account
If the offer is confirmed, Adebayo becomes the second power forward in UNC's 2016 basketball recruiting class
to receive an offer, joining Scout.com's No. 1 overall prospect Harry Giles. Here's a short video of the two going head-to-head
at Dave Telep's Carolina Challenge last Summer (Adebayo in blue, Giles in white).
Adebayo is still considered to be a little raw offensively, but he possesses a nice shooting touch and compensates for his unpolished offense with outstanding length, athleticism, and defense. Adebayo also runs the floor well, which fits in nicely with Roy Williams' up-tempo system.
Scout.com rates Adebayo as the No. 16 overall prospect in the 2016 class and the No. 4 power forward. He also holds offers from NC State, Cincinnati, and Virginia Tech but appears to be very high on the Tar Heels at this point.
(Edrice Adebayo Claims UNC Offer
Nation's powerhouses target elite soph Jayson Tatum
Jayson Tatum, a 6-foot-8 small forward from Chaminade Prep (Mo.), is one of the best players in the sophomore class. Tatum has plenty of suitors, with Wake Forest, Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Michigan State, Kansas and Saint Louis in heavy pursuit recently. Duke and Illinois recently went to Missouri to watch Tatum, and big-name coaches from around the country kept an eye on Tatum while in Sacramento. Along with Duke and Kentucky, Tatum said North Carolina is also coming at him the hardest. (CBS Sports
Scout.com's Final 2014 Basketball Recruit Rankings
Scout.com released their final rankings of 2014 basketball recruits on Thursday, and North Carolina was well-represented. Small forward Justin Jackson is rated as the No. 10 overall recruit in the class and No. 3 at his position. Shooting guard Theo Pinson is ranked No. 19 overall (No. 4 SG). And point guard Joel Berry is ranked No. 34 overall (No. 6 PG). Scout.com rates the Tar Heels' 2014 recruiting class as 4th best in the nation. (Scout.com
Justin Jackson's Journal: The All-Star Experience
Future Tar Heel Justin Jackson updates his path to Chapel Hill with regular journal entries at InsideCarolina.com leading up to his enrollment. In his newest entry, he recaps playing in the two national all-star games. "Since the last time I talked to you all, I played in my last two games as a high school student. Though they were exhibition games, they still gave me a taste of what it’s going to be like in about seven weeks when my family helps me move into my dorm in Chapel Hill." (Inside Carolina
Breaking Down UNC's 2015 Basketball Recruiting
UNC coaches spent last weekend evaluating high school prospects around the country. UNC has six offers out to 2015 recruits, not including offers to players who have committed elsewhere or eliminated the Tar Heels from their list. CarolinaBlue takes a deeper look at UNC's top 2015 targets: SF Brandon Ingram (6-7, 170), C Stephen Zimmerman (6-11, 225), SG P.J. Dozier (6-5, 180), PF Ivan Rabb (6-10, 198), PF Thomas Bryant (6-9.5, 217), PF Diamond Stone (6-10, 246). (Carolina Blue
Stephen Zimmerman Trims List to 8
Stephen Zimmerman, the No. 2 player in the Class of 2015 according to 247 Sports, has cut his list to eight schools. “My top 8 (in no particular order). Thank you to all the great programs that expressed interest in me: Kansas, UNLV, North Carolina, Indiana, Louisville, Kentucky, UCLA and Arizona.” The 6-foot-11 Zimmerman previously said he’s planning to take a few unofficials in the summer and then officials next fall. (Zag's Blog
Antonio Blakeney among 2015's best guards
Antonio Blakeney, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Oak Ridge (Fla.), put up 18 points in the EYBL opener and averaged 12.0 points on the weekend. Once he gets going on the offensive end, Blakeney is difficult to stop. “My biggest goal is to go undefeated,” Blakeney said. “Another goal is to get better and get more offers.” It seems he's doing just fine in that category, with Louisville, Kansas, North Carolina, Florida, USC, Florida State, Missouri, Providence, LSU and others extending offers thus far. (CBS Sports
Edrice Adebayo, V.J. King stand out in Sacramento
The King James Shooting Stars vs. NJ Playaz game at the EYBL on Sunday featured multiple top-25 juniors, but it was top-10 sophomore V.J. King that stole the show – and that's not a surprise. He's among the best players in the country. Edrice Adebayo turned some heads during the school season playing for Northside (N.C.) – but he really solidified himself as a five-star prospect at the Nike EYBL Sacramento. The 6-foot-9 big man was an absolute force for Boo Williams (Va.). (CBS Sports
UNC Interested in 2015 SG Kenny Williams
Kenny Williams, a 6'3" shooting guard from Bird High School in Chesterfield, Virginia, is quickly making a name for himself as a top recruit in the 2015 recruiting class.
A Scout.com article
had this to say on Tuesday about Williams' standout performance in Sacramento last weekend where Roy Williams was on hand to watch:
"Williams was a standout last weekend at the Southern Jam Fest and was a stock raiser in Sacramento as well. A 6-foot-3 guard, Williams is high-level shooter who makes shots from deep and on the move. With a lack of shooters in high school basketball, a premium is being placed on guys who make long distance shots and Williams can certainly do that."
Rivals.com recruiting analyst Clint Jackson also Tweeted Tuesday
that "UNC's Hubert Davis spoke to 2015 SG Kenny Williams (Tuesday) night. Roy will be talking to him soon as well."
Currently there are two shooting guards with offers in UNC's 2015 basketball recruiting class
: Malik Newman and P.J. Dozier. Williams does not have an offer yet, but the interest level from Roy Williams and his staff will be interesting to follow over the summer.
There aren't many videos of Kenny Williams available online, but here's one from about a year ago that shows some of his skill set and shooting touch:
(UNC Interested in 2015 SG Kenny Williams