Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Basketball Recruiting.
UNC Basketball Targets: April 10-12 Live Evaluation Period
The UNC coaching staff will be on the road this weekend watching top targets in the 2016 and 2017 class along with evaluating future prospects. Its an important weekend in the world of basketball recruiting where the presence of coaches at prospects' games is often an indicator of interest level. The following is a list of where UNC's top targets are playing:
Video: Jaylen Brown McDonald's Week Highlights
Jaylen Brown, a 2015 UNC small forward recruiting target, shows off his impressive skill set during last week's McDonald's All-American game. Brown is currently undecided on a college but lists North Carolina among his top-8 finalists.
Video: Brandon Ingram McDonald's Week Mixtape
Brandon Ingram came to the McDonald's All American Games as a highly touted high school basketball prospect and he left as a bonafide NBA Draft Prospect. The 6'9 uncommitted senior showed NBA personnel that he has a consistent outside jump shot and the athleticism to make a big time impact at the next level and beyond.
No. 2 Overall Recruit Jaylen Brown Uses Epic Trailer to Show off Top 8 Schools
2015 prospect Jaylen Brown is the top uncommitted recruit in his class, according to 247Sports, and everyone is after his talents. Brown teamed up with Bleacher Report for an epic trailer to show off the top eight schools that the senior power forward is considering. Watch the video as Brown uses a unique method to display where he might end up going to college.
Brandon Ingram dishes on his unstoppable crossover (video)
This week we caught up with Kinston (Kinston, N.C.) wing Brandon Ingram, a five-star recruit who was named to the McDonald’s All American and Jordan Brand Classic games. Ingram was also planning to play in the Kentucky Derby Classic this weekend but was added to the roster for the Nike Hoops Summit in Portland.
Weddington’s Stephanie Watts, Kinston’s Brandon Ingram named Ms., Mr. Basketball in NC
A pair of McDonald’s All-Americans are Mr. and Ms. Basketball in North Carolina. The awards recognize the top high school senior boy and girl for stellar playing careers. Weddington’s Stephanie Watts, a 5-foot-9 guard, is the state’s Ms. Basketball . Kinston’s Brandon Ingram, a 6-9 forward, is Mr. Basketball.
Jayson Tatum's talent puts him in spotlight and crosshairs
In the fall, Jayson Tatum trimmed his multitude of offers to 10 finalists. He included Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, Connecticut, Arizona, Kansas and Wake Forest, all of which are among the most respected programs in the nation. Tatum took one official visit this winter. He, his father and his mother, Brandy Cole, spent the last weekend of February at Duke. Tatum said he plans to trim his list to a final five in the coming weeks.
Ingram, Maye, Watts lead North Carolina AP all-state basketball teams
Kinston's Brandon Ingram, Charlotte Hough's Luke Maye and Weddington's Stephanie Watts were the leading vote-getters for the 2014-15 Associated Press all-state prep basketball teams for North Carolina. Ingram and Maye each earned 21 of a possible 22 votes to lead the men's team. Watts earned 20 votes to lead the women. Ingram, a McDonald's All-American, is still undecided on his college choice, while Maye and Watts are both committed to UNC.
Brandon Ingram and Jaylen Brown to announce this month
By the end of April UNC will know whether they are adding another prospect to their 2015 recruiting class. If they do it will be between two of the top remaining targets available in the 2015 cycle. Both Brandon Ingram and Jaylen Brown have indicated that they will announce by the end of April.
Maverick Rowan hopes to reclassify to 2015
Top basketball recruiting target Maverick Rowan, a high school junior, prefers to skip a grade and join the recruiting class of 2015, making him eligible for college ball next season, and his family is seriously exploring ways to make it happen, his father said. Asked if Louisville would be a strong option for his son if he moves to 2015, Ron Rowan said, "Yes, that's safe to say." UCLA, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Florida, NC State and West Virginia are other teams recruiting Rowan.
Brandon Ingram performs well in McDonald's All-American Game
The East team beat the West 111-91 in the McDonald's All-American Game on Wednesday night at the United Center in Chicago. Kinston's Brandon Ingram, a 6-foot-8 wing who is considering UNC, Duke, NC State, Kentucky, Kansas and UCLA, capped a strong showing by scoring 15 points and grabbing five rebounds for the West team. He said he'll announce his college decision by the end of this month. Ingram scored 13 of his points in the first half and shot 6-for-11 in the game.
Brandon Ingram impressing at McDonald's All-American practices
The word from Chicago after two days of McDonald's All-American practice is the impressiveness of 6-foot-9 mall forward Brandon Ingram. The Kinston (NC) has been a major target for North Carolina for the last few years. He lists the Tar Heels along with Duke, N.C. State, Kentucky, Kansas, and UCLA as his top schools. Ingram won four straight titles at Kinston High School.
Brandon Ingram Drawing Close
Brandon Ingram has been a hot commodity for more than a year, playing his way to No. 13 in the senior class. He has cradled offers from Duke, North Carolina, NC State, Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA for many months, clinging tightly to his finalists and hoping for clarity. Things are likely to become even more intense before he announces. Ingram has been spectacular at times here this week, and if anything his suitors may become even more determined to land him.
Roy Williams visits two five-star recruits
Roy Williams has spent the week checking in on some of the Tar Heels' top targets for the 2016 recruiting class. On Monday, Williams visited 2016 point guard Dennis Smith (Fayetteville, N.C./Trinity Christian School). Smith is the No. 1 point guard and the No. 4 overall player in the 2016 class. On Tuesday, Williams checked in on 6-foot-9, 232-pound five-star power forward Edrice Adebayo (Pinetown, N.C./Northside).
N.C. Hoops Depth on Display
Each year since 2008, there’s been at least one high school player from North Carolina in Scout’s final top 25 rankings. It’s given birth to homegrown recruits dubbing it as the “Hoop State.” “We’ve got really good players and everyone is finding out about us,” said Edrice Adebayo, one of three N.C. natives ranked in the top 15 of the class of 2016. “There’s a lot of talent here.” Adebayo, who will hold off making a college decision until his senior season, is one of four in-state high school players with a UNC offer (Brandon Ingram, Harry Giles, Dennis Smith Jr.).