Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Basketball Recruiting.
Brandon Ingram Commits to Duke
Brandon Ingram may be from the same hometown as former North Carolina basketball star Jerry Stackhouse. But he’s headed to Duke, the Tar Heels’ archrival. The 6-foot-9 Ingram chose the Blue Devils on Monday over North Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas, N.C. State and UCLA, giving Duke the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation ahead of Kentucky, according to 247Sports.com. “What has stood out with [Duke] is them telling me how unique I was,” Ingram recently told ESPNU.
Jaylen Brown Drops UCLA From Consideration
Jaylen Brown, the nation's #1 prospect, has dropped UCLA from consideration, according to multiple sources. Brown, the 6-6 small forward from Marietta (Georgia) Wheeler, had narrowed down his list to Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Kentucky, California, North Carolina, Michigan and UCLA. Brown is getting close to announcing his choice and there still isn't any kind of accurate read on which school Brown will choose.
Video: Seventh Woods Weekend Highlights
Highlights of 2016 5-star guard Seventh Woods at last weekend's Under Armour Association event in Louisville, Ky. Woods is a top recruiting target for UNC, and it currently appears to be a two-team race between the Tar Heels and South Carolina for Woods' services.
Decision day for Brandon Ingram
On Monday evening at 6:00 PM ET, five-star power forward Brandon Ingram will make his college decision. Ingram, ranked as the No. 4 prospect in the 2015 class, will announce his college destination at Kinston High School. He has narrowed down his choices to Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, and North Carolina after eliminating UCLA and N.C. State over the weekend.
adidas Gaunlet Top Performers: Dennis Smith Kobi Simmons
Dennis Smith, PG, Team Loaded – The athleticism, toughness, and ability to make the game look easy is incredible with Smith. He is a tremendous talent with elite athleticism and the ability to take over games whenever it is needed. Kobi Simmons, PG, Atlanta Celtics – Simmons ended the tournament with a sprained ankle, but before that happened he was totally dominant. At times he can play more like a scorer, but that is because he is so gifted getting to the rim and with his ability to make shots.
Chasing Brandon Ingram: Inside fierce recruiting competition
Word around town is that Roy Williams was spotted at King’s BBQ, and when someone saw Mike Krzyzewski driving – it had to be him – the news spread the way people in other places might talk about catching a glimpse of a movie star. “For a basketball town when coaches like that come, it’s like celebrities are coming to Kinston,” said Latisha Dawson, who on Friday was getting ready to cut hair at Jeano’s, the downtown barber shop where the recruitment of Brandon Ingram, the 6-foot-9 Kinston High star, is always a popular topic.
Report: Kenny Williams eyeing three more official visits
Former VCU signee, 2015 Chesterfield (Va.) L.C. Bird guard Kenny Williams has taken an official visit to North Carolina and unofficial visit to UVa. He’s looking at three more official visits. According to a report from Jack Herron of Vantage Hoops, Williams plans to take three more official visits. “2015 Kenny Williams of L.C. Bird plans to take official visits to Florida, Michigan and UVa,” tweeted Herron. “Former VCU commit already visited UNC.”
Kobi Simmons discusses in-home visits
Kobi Simmons conducted in-home visits with some of the nation’s best coaches this past week. Roy Williams, Thad Matta, Jim Boeheim, Mark Fox and John Calipari all stopped by his house too meet with the five-star guard. UNC’s Roy Williams and an assistant Hubert Davis met with him on Monday. “That was my fourth time meeting with Coach Roy so I’m more comfortable when I meet with him because I know more about North Carolina.”
Seventh Woods focused on two
Seventh Woods led the Carolina Wolves to a victory over Team Felton at the Under Armour Association, and afterwords told 247Sports he's focused on two schools: South Carolina and North Carolina. The talk lately concerning the athletic 6-2 combo guard from Columbia (S.C.) Hammond High School is that he is on the verge of committing to his hometown school. Woods, had a different take, however. "Not really," Woods said.
Latest On Kenny Williams Recruitment
Here is some of the latest recruiting news and info on Kenny Williams, a Class of 2015 Shooting Guard out of Chesterfield, Virginia. Williams is ranked 82nd in the most recent version of the ESPN 100 for the Class of 2015. He originally committed to VCU but reopened his recruitment after coach Shaka Smart left VCU for Texas. VCU, Virginia, Michigan and North Carolina are considered to be the main contenders for Williams' services.
Top-rated 2016 PG Kobi Simmons impresses in Indianapolis
Kobi Simmons, one of the top guards in the Class of 2016, and his loaded Atlanta Celtics team began their weekend on the outskirts of Indianapolis with an 82-50 win in front of big-time college basketball coaches. The win capped off what has been a busy week for five-star guard. Simmons has met with Kentucky coach John Calipari, North Carolina coach Roy Williams, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, Ohio State coach Thad Matta and Georgia coach Mark Fox all in the last eight days.
Dennis Smith Jr. still gets excited to see the elite coaches
Dennis Smith Jr. is the No. 1 point guard and No. 4 overall prospect in the ESPN 60, which means he’s not being cliché when he says he’s here at the adidas Gauntlet to “get better” and “win games.” He’s in constant contact with N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried, knows UNC coach Roy Williams well enough to consider him “a cool guy” and sits right behind Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski when he visits for games. All three schools watched Smith score 18 points and dish out six assists to lead Team Loaded past the Oklahoma Wizards, 76-69, Friday night.
Seventh Woods update: Latest timetable for Hammond hoops star decision
There was a flurry of Internet activity this week regarding Class of 2016 sensation Seventh Woods and a possible impending decision. South Carolina coach Frank Martin had an in-home visit with the family Tuesday, and that set off the speculation that the standout guard could be headed to the Gamecocks. But his father said Friday no decision is on the horizon. “It will be a little ways down the road,” Louis Woods said. South Carolina and North Carolina have been talked about the most in terms of closeness with Woods, and they have recruited Woods the hardest.
Brandon Ingram announcement ceremony schedule, details
Kinston High School senior guard Brandon Ingram will make his college announcement Monday evening at Viking Gymnasium on the campus of Kinston High School. Below is the schedule of events. 5:40 p.m.: Doors open for gym; 6 p.m.: Doors close; 6:03 p.m.: Welcome – KHS basketball coach/athletics director Perry Tyndall; 6:05 p.m.: Brandon’s dad, Donald, will issue thank yous and speak for a moment; 6:10 p.m.: Brandon makes announcement
Brandon Ingram's recruiting choice could swing the Duke-North Carolina rivalry
No player in the class of 2015 has risen up recruiting rankings as quickly as small forward Brandon Ingram has over the past year. The North Carolina native has been lighting the grassroots and all-star game circuit on fire, climbing all the way to No. 3 overall in ESPN's final class ranking and getting his first invitation to compete with USA Basketball.