UNC Basketball Recruiting
Complete coverage of North Carolina Basketball Recruiting.
Roy Williams, Reggie Bullock watch Brandon Ingram Friday
North Carolina coach Roy Williams, assistant Steve Robinson, and former Tar Heel-current L.A. Clipper guard Reggie Bullock were in Kinston Friday to watch 2015 small forward Brandon Ingram as his Viking team took on Ayden-Grifton.
Ingram scored 25 points in Kinston's 80-51 win and currently holds an offer from the Tar Heels. He is the top small forward prospect on UNC's 2015 basketball recruiting board
and already has made numerous trips to Chapel Hill. Ingram also holds offers from Clemson and NC State.
UNC's Future Is Still Bright Without Rashad Vaughn
For many fans of the North Carolina Tar Heels, Tuesday was a day of mourning following Rashad Vaughn's decision to spurn UNC and commit to the UNLV Rebels. With the team currently shooting 31.9 percent from downtown, it certainly could have used the offensive pop one would assume the 18th overall recruit (2014 ESPN 100) could provide. Well, wipe those tears, Tar Heel Nation. Doomsday is not around the corner just because Vaughn chose the Rebels instead.
2014 SG Peyton Allen commits to Texas A&M
Chatham Glenwood High School boys basketball star Peyton Allen has made an oral commitment to Texas A&M, the senior tweeted Thursday night. “I have officially committed to Texas A&M University!” Allen posted on Twitter. Allen had been recruited by numerous Division I schools, and North Carolina coach Roy Williams watched him play Saturday against Sacred Heart-Griffin.
Matt Ryan Planning Carolina, Duke Visits
I have an unofficial planned for UNC Thursday for the rescheduled Duke game, and a visit down to Duke next Saturday for the Syracuse game. Other schools that I continue to hear from often are Stanford, Georgetown, ND, Vanderbilt, Creighton, Davidson, AZ State, Northwestern, Rutgers, GW, Fordham, and Harvard. Thanks for reading! Until next time – Matt Ryan
Video: Luke Kennard scores school-record 59 points
After a dynamite first quarter where Luke Kennard lit up Monroe for all 23 of his team's points, the 2015 guard continued his record-breaking night scoring a career high 59 points.
Recruiting Profile: 2015 Center Diamond Stone
2015 5-star center Diamond Stone has reshaped his body and his game has benefited from it. He is a physical presence down low on both ends of the floor and in addition to thundering dunks, Stone has some elements of finesse in his game as well. Stone possess great footwork despite his age and can not only score around the basket but can push out to the mid-range game and some beyond. Down low he doesn’t need to depend on the dunk to score.
Scout.com's Updated 2016 Top 50 Basketball Recruits
Since we introduced the class, Harry Giles has been Scout.com’s No. 1 prospect. Despite sitting out the season with a knee injury, Giles held on to that spot. Just after Giles in the rankings is St. Louis native Jayson Tatum. A 6-foot-8 wing, Tatum has lengthy arms and is a solid all-around athlete. Offensively, he’s quite skilled, scores well off the bounce, and is a good passer.
Brandon Ingram Talks UNC Visit
One of the top players in North Carolina, Kinston (N.C.) forward Brandon Ingram is having himself a big year, and the biggest schools in the country have taken notice. The two schools down the road are thought to be the favorites. Ingram, a 6-foot-8 junior, is coming off of his first official visit to UNC, and he says that he took a lot away from his time in Chapel Hill. “Just how they made it feel like a family,” Ingram said.
Rashad Vaughn Commits to UNLV
Rashad Vaughn is staying in Las Vegas. “Next year I’ll be attending UNLV,” Vaughn said on CBSSports Network. The 6-foot-5 Vaughn also listed Iowa State, North Carolina and Kentucky, but will stay in Las Vegas for college after transferring to prep power Findlay Prep from Robbinsdale (MN) Cooper for his senior season. Vaughn is ranked No. 7 by Rivals.com and joins Baltimore St. Frances small forward Dwayne Morgan and Wilbraham & Monson (Mass.) center Goodluck Okonoboh in UNLV’s 2014 class.
Updated 2015 Scout.com Top 100 Basketball Recruits
Ivan Rabb, a standout at Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O’Dowd, has jumped to the top spot in Scout.com’s 2015 rankings. At 6-foot-10, 220-pounds, Rabb is physically impressive. He’s mobile, quick off his feet and a very good athlete. Diamond Stone is Scout.com’s top rated center and the No. 3 overall recruit. Stone performed well in the summer and that carried over into his play at the USA Basketball Developmental Camp in October. At 6-foot-10, 235-pounds, Stone is a very good low post scorer.
Future Tar Heel and Blue Devil players make their predictions
When No. 9 Duke heads eight miles down Tobacco Road to battle North Carolina at the Dean Dome in college basketball's most storied rivalry Wednesday night, opinions on the victor, naturally, will abound. Future Tar Heel and Blue Devil players have strong opinions too. UNC commit Theo Pinson: Duke wins if..."I switch my commitment, suit up a year early and play for them. As long as I suit up for Duke then they'll win. Good luck with that!"
Stephen Zimmerman, Chase Jeter planning visits
7-foot center Stephen Zimmerman plays alongside fellow 2015 big man Chase Jeter on the Dream Vision AAU team and Jeter is being courted hard by Duke, North Carolina, Arizona, Kansas and UCLA, Dream Vision director Clay Williams told SNY.tv. He is set to visit Duke March 8 for the North Carolina game. Jeter previously told SNY.tv that he didn’t think he and Zimmerman would wind up at the same school, but Williams doesn’t rule it out.
Rashad Vaughn to announce Tuesday on CBS Sports Network
A decision is coming soon for uncommitted senior Rashad Vaughn. The five-star guard from Findlay Prep (Nev.) will announce his college choice Tuesday evening on CBS Sports Network's "Inside College Basketball" show. The show begins at 6 p.m. Eastern, and Vaughn's announcement will come at approximately 6:30 p.m. Vaughn's final list includes Iowa State, UNLV, Kentucky, Kansas and North Carolina. The heavy favorites heading into Tuesday are Iowa State and UNLV.
Recruiting Profile: 2015 Small Forward Brandon Ingram
6’7 small forward Brandon Ingram may be the best player in the state of North Carolina depending on who you ask. Inch for inch he may be the best shooter, at 6’7 he shoots the ball like a guard and doesn’t need much room to get it off. His 3 point shot is deadly but his mid-range game is just as good. He has a quick second jump which makes him a good rebounder, although he isn’t going to muscle anyone out of position as of yet.
Roy Williams on the recruiting trail Friday
Roy Williams took a detour Friday night on his way to South Bend, Indiana where the Tar Heels will take on Notre Dame Saturday. Williams stopped in Racine, Wisconsin to watch 2015 5-star center Diamond Stone and his Dominican high school team take on St. Catherine's. Stone dominated the game scoring 34 points in his team's 50-47 road win.
Stone is one of three centers in UNC's 2015 basketball recruiting class
with a scholarship offer from Williams, joining Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) teammates Stephen Zimmerman and Chase Jeter. Stone also has offers from Duke, Marquette, Wisconsin, UCLA, and Arizona, among others.
Based on predictions from 247 Sports basketball recruiting analysts
, home-state school Marquette seems to be the team to beat at this point. But it's still early in the recruiting process, and it's clear that a center in UNC's 2015 class is a top priority for Williams.