Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Basketball Recruiting.
Houston EYBL Day 2: Harry Giles' huge day
North Carolina native and five-star forward Harry Giles arrived in Houston on Saturday looking to make his case for the No. 1 spot in the Class of 2016 rankings. After missing Friday night’s Team CP3 game because of a test at school, Giles made his presence felt in a huge way in two games on Saturday. During the morning’s first session in a win over Mokan, Giles was dominant, going for 28 points, 11 rebounds and two steals while shooting 12-for-16 from the field.
EYBL Houston Day 1: Jayson Tatum battles Dennis Smith
Five-star Class of 2016 point guard Dennis Smith normally doesn’t play on the Nike EYBL, but with adidas having the weekend off from events, the electric 6-foot-2 joined up with Team Penny along with talented four-star wing Braxton Blackwell. The duo took an already talented Team Penny squad head-to-head with Jayson Tatum and the St. Louis Eagles and it meant that two top-five players in the Class of 2016 (Smith and Tatum) would play against one another.
Luke Maye, Kenny Williams Sign With UNC
Luke Maye of Huntersville, N.C., signed a National Letter of Intent and Kenny Williams of Midlothian, Va., signed a grant-in-aid agreement to attend the University of North Carolina and play on the men’s basketball team beginning in the 2015-16 academic year. Maye, a 6-7 forward, attended William A. Hough High School in Cornelius, N.C. Kenny Williams, a 6-4 guard, played for Coach Troy Manns at Lloyd C. Bird High School in Chesterfield, Va.
Luring big man Harry Giles might be uphill battle for Kentucky
Whenever Harry Giles was on a basketball court this past weekend, UK Coach John Calipari was there to see him. Calipari started the three-day open recruiting period in Indianapolis checking out some of the top players on the Adidas circuit, but he was back in Lexington in time to see Giles and his Nike-affiliated team play their first game Saturday.
Video: Dennis Smith adidas Gauntlet Highlights
Highlights from 2016 5-star point guard Dennis Smith, Jr. at a recent adidas Gauntlet event. Smith is one of UNC's top targets for the 2016 recruiting class and holds a scholarship offer from Roy Williams.
Kenny Williams gives Tar Heels multi-faceted boost
North Carolina’s recruiting took an uncharacteristic — if not surprising — downturn in the wake of last fall’s investigation into the prior academic scandal, and the Tar Heels for the first time in many years entered May without a single signee from the graduating class. That’s why Kenny Williams’ announcement for UNC this past weekend accomplished more than give the program an ace, multi-year shooter — it lifted the program’s spirits.
Kenny Williams Video Highlights
New class of 2015 UNC commit Kenny Williams has the potential to be a complete offensive guard at the college level. His is advertised as a shooter but brings more to the table. Williams is reminiscent of former UNC star Joe Forte; A little undersized for the college guard spot but has a knack for scoring in many ways along with a deadly jump shot. Check out video of new UNC commit Kenny Williams from his high school and AAU Circuit careers:
2016 guard Frank Jackson will take a mission trip before playing college basketball
Class of 2016 guard Frank Jackson is emerging as one of the premier guards in the country, but he’s also dealing with a unique development in his recruitment. The native of Utah will be one of the more college-ready guards in his class when he arrives on campus in 2018 after taking a two-year mission trip as part of his LDS faith. Jackson recently cut his list to 10 schools: Arizona, BYU, Duke, Embry-Riddle, Maryland, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Stanford, UCLA and Utah.
Kenny Williams' Commitment Provides Shot In The Arm For Roy Williams, UNC
Kenny Williams will be a Tar Heel, and his surprising announcement Saturday afternoon was more than a tetanus shot staving off an infection, it's a turning point. There is no doubt that had Williams opted for one of his other suitors instead of UNC the critics of his future coach would have raised their decibels a few levels. And it would have been hard to blame them, even while fully understanding the impact of the NCAA cloud hanging over the program. That's what fans do, and sometimes that's what scribes do.
Kenny Williams, the final piece for a championship run
When 2015 shooting guard Kenny Williams committed to UNC on Saturday, he became the final piece of a 2015-2016 Tar Heel squad poised to make a championship run. Roy Williams and his staff went hard after top five small forwards Brandon Ingram (Duke) and Jaylen Brown (Cal), but those prospect chose to compete elsewhere. Instead UNC grabbed Williams after he was released from his VCU letter-of-intent following Shaka Smart's decision to leave Richmond for the Texas job.
Jalek Felton earns MVP honors at USA Basketball event
Mullins guard Jalek Felton won MVP honors and was on the winning squad at the USA Basketball 3x3 U18 national tournament. Felton's squad went 8-0 in the two-day tournament, which wrapped up Sunday. By winning the championship, The Stars will represent USA Basketball at the FIBA 3x3 World Championship on June 4-7 in Debreceen, Hungary. “That was my whole goal coming out here — making my team better,” Felton said in a release. "I just wanted to win.”
Seventh Woods focusing on the journey, not the hype
In five months, Seventh Woods will be able to sign a college letter of intent. He has offers from South Carolina, Clemson, North Carolina and Wichita State – as well as interest from many more schools. Woods remains the consensus No. 1 South Carolina player in next year’s senior class. Recruiting site 247Sports has him rated the fifth best guard in the nation, and No. 26 in the nation overall. Rivals.com ranks him 18th in the nation.
Commit analysis: Kenny Williams picks UNC
Kenny Williams has a quick first step and a quality handle. He can shoot off the pass and off the dribble. He becomes the only pure shooting guard on the roster and should spilt time at the two-spot with Marcus Paige and Theo Pinson. Williams joins power forward Luke Maye (Cornelius, NC/William Amos Hough) to round out the 2015 class for North Carolina.
Video: New Jalek Felton mixtape
Class of 2017 combo guard and UNC commit Jalek Felton has a new mix tape out from his performance on the Under Armour AAU Circuit this spring. Felton is the No. 1 combo guard and the No. 6 overall prospect in the 2017 class.
Kenny Williams Commits to UNC
North Carolina fulfilled its goal of adding a perimeter shooter to the 2015-16 roster with the commitment of Kenny Williams on Saturday. Kenny Williams is a Tar Heel. "It's been his life long dream. He's always wanted to be a Tar Heel," his father said. "I think that Carolina was always the top choice but we had to develop and establish a relationship with them. And he did."