Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Basketball Recruiting.
Chick-Fil-A Day Two Notebook: Smith, Woods, Ingram
Dennis Smith, PG, Trinity Christian — Smith did not enjoy his finest outing in a loss to Morgan County (Ga.), but I can't say I was too displeased for one reason: Smith now will go head to head against Seventh Woods on Monday. The two junior guards brought out the best in each other last winter. Brandon Ingram, WF, Kinston — The Vikings fell to a bigger opponent in Arlington Country Day. Ingram struggled big-time with his jump shot — 3-12 from the floor, 0-5 on threes — to finish with 14 points.
Video: Harry Giles, Kwe Parker Bring the Dunk Show to City of Palms
The #2 ranked high school in the country, Wesleyan Christian Academy (NC), put on a dunk show in their City of Palms debut. WCA took on Whitney Young and dominated the game from the jump, led by juniors Kwe Parker (20 points) and Harry Giles (27 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks). This video also feature junior Jalen Johnson, who also gets in on the fun.
Monster stat line for Harry Giles
High Point (N.C.) Wesleyan Christian snapped the 46 game win streak of Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei High School Saturday night at the City of Palms Classic primarily behind the effort of Harry Giles. A 6-10, 210-pound power forward, Giles looks to be back at 100 percent from his ACL injury. Against Mater Dei and four-star big man M.J. Cage, Giles put up 29 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks.
Video: Jaylen Brown vs V.J. King at City of Palms Classic
Two of high school's brightest prospects squared-off as V.J. King and Paul VI took on Wheeler and Jaylen Brown. King finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Brown scored a game-high 19 points.
City of Palms: Saturday Recap
Roy Williams was at the City of Palms Classic on Saturday to see Jaylen Brown match up with another UNC recruit – V.J. King. Brown said after the game that he grew up following the Tar Heels. “I grew up a UNC fan,” Brown said. “I always loved the Tar Heels growing up. I remember watching Tyler Hansbrough’s team, Ty Lawson and Danny Green. They had a stacked team. I fell in love watching that team. Ever since I’ve always liked them."
Roy Williams on the Recruiting Trail: Giles, Brown, Ingram
North Carolina coach Roy Williams on Saturday watched Marietta (GA) Wheeler forward Jaylen Brown go for 19 points and 9 rebounds in a 55-52 win over Paul VI at the City Of Palms, according to multiple reports. Williams also watched Harry Giles at the event and is expected to watch 2015 forward Brandon Ingram on Monday at the Chick-fil-A Classic in Columbia, S.C. Brown told Evan Daniels of Scout.com that Williams, Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory and Georgia coach Mark Fox are the only head coaches to have watched him this year.
2014 USA Basketball Development Camp Interview: Jalek Felton (video)
A video interview with highly touted 2017 high school guard Jalek Felton at the 2014 USA Basketball Development Camp in Colorado Springs.
Jaylen Brown Enjoys UCLA, Will Take Officials to Michigan, North Carolina
Jaylen Brown has now visited Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA and plans to take his remaining two official visits to Michigan and North Carolina and unofficials to Georgia and Georgia Tech. “I haven’t gotten anything planned but I’m probably going to take an official to Michigan and to North Carolina,” Brown said. “Unofficially, to Georgia and Georgia Tech. I grew up a UNC fan,” Brown said. “North Carolina was always the school that I liked the most."
Video: Brandon Ingram does it all
6’9? Brandon Ingram has crazy potential. He is currently deciding between Duke, Kansas, NC State, Kentucky, UNC, and UCLA. Ingram started drawing Kevin Durant comparisons at national camps this summer and in the early part of the 2014 season he is showing us why. This mix is comprised of footage shot from three games played with in a week of each other.
Athlete of the Week: Bartow junior Tony Bradley
It was Roy Williams last week. This week it was Billy Donovan. A who’s who of college basketball coaches are making their way to Polk County to check out one of the nation’s top junior prospects in person. And Bartow power forward Tony Bradley is making the trip well worth it. Bradley put up 36 points and nabbed 13 rebounds against Auburndale last week in front of Williams. That performance netted him an offer from North Carolina.
Kinston features top player in Brandon Ingram
The birthplace of legendary NBA players Jerry Stackhouse and Cedric Maxwell, Kinston has also spawned current L.A. Clipper and former UNC star Reggie Bullock. This year’s Kinston roster only has three seniors – nationally-recruited Brandon Ingram along with regional targets Darnell Dunn and Mykel Hart – but that trio have a combined eight state championship rings. Ingram is a silky smooth 6-foot-9 guard/forward hybrid with shooting range to 26 feet; he has narrowed his list of colleges to Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, N.C. State, UCLA and UNC.
Harry Giles watches Heels
Class of 2016 elite power forward Harry Giles spent Tuesday night in the Greensboro Coliseum watching North Carolina beat UNCG 79-56. GIles, a 247Sports Composite five-star prospect, plays for Wesleyan Christian Academy in nearby High Point, N.C. The 6-foot-10, 210-pound prospect has offers from Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, and UNC, among others.
Seventh Woods ready to take next step?
What we’ll be watching this season is whether Seventh Woods has settled into his ultimate position. While he’s a defensive point guard — and a potentially dominant one at that — earlier this year he struggled to run the show naturally for his various travel and camp teams. His jump shot also will be an area to monitor. Woods at times has caught fire, such as at last year’s HSOT Invitational, and including over the weekend in his 37-point outing.
Edrice Adebayo with stellar performance in front of Roy Williams
2016 five-star prospect Edrice Adebayo put up 40 points and 19 rebounds in front of North Carolina head coach Roy Williams. Footage is now on his 247Sports profile courtesy of ballislife.com. Along with North Carolina, Kansas and North Carolina State are considered strong in Adebayo's recruitment.
Q&A with Antonio Blakeney
What’s North Carolina’s interest been like? Antonio Blakeney: “They are very interested. They are basically saying they really lack shooting. I could come in and play right away and be the shooter that they need. They’ve been trying to get me on campus January 10th and N.C. State has been trying to get me on campus January 10th. If I do it, it’ll be one of those and that’ll be it. I really just need to talk to my mom and coach Reese and figure out what I’m doing.”