UNC Basketball Recruiting

Dennis Smith, Jr. Talks UNC Offer

Dennis Smith Jr. visited UNC Tuesday and received an offer from Roy Williams. "I'm glad to have it," Smith told CarolinaBlue. "I've been waiting a long time for it. I feel like I deserved it." The 6-foot-3, 180-pound prospect out of Fayetteville (NC) is ranked as the No. 1 point guard in the 2016 class by 247Sports. Smith said that UNC head coach Roy Williams told him about coming in and playing for him right away. "He (Williams) said I'm a pure point guard. I get my teammates involved and I can score. I can push (the ball)." (Carolina Blue)

Brandon Ingram visits UNC

Dennis Smith wasn't the only five-star visiting North Carolina Tuesday. Brandon Ingram was also on campus, he announced on twitter. North Carolina is a slight favorite over Duke in the Crystal Ball for Ingram. A sharp shooting, lean combo forward at 6-8 out of Kinston (N.C.) High School, Ingram is currently ranked No. 13 by 247Sports and No. 16 in the 247Sports Composite. (Carolina Blue)

Roy Williams offers Dennis Smith, Jr.

While on his visit to Chapel Hill on Tuesday, class of 2016 five-star point guard Dennis Smith, Jr. received a scholarship offer from Roy Williams according to USA Today's Jason Jordan. Smith, 6-3, 180-pounds out of Fayetteville (N.C.) Trinity Christian, is ranked the No. 6 prospect by 247Sports and No. 14 recruit in the 247Sports Composite rankings. (Carolina Blue)

Dennis Smith, Jr. to visit UNC Tuesday

247Sports five-star point guard Dennis Smith will visit North Carolina today (Tuesday), Smith's father confirmed to CarolinaBlue. Per 247Sports rankings Smith is the No. 1 point guard in the 2016 class, the No. 2 overall player in the state of North Carolina, and the No. 6 overall prospect in the nation. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Trinity Christian School rising junior has offers from Duke, Kansas, Wake Forest, and Arizona. (Carolina Blue)

Jayson Tatum Blog: Recruiting Update

Jayson Tatum, 2016 small forward: "It's been about a week since college coaches could start hitting us on the text or calling us, and I'd have to definitely say that it's been a lot different. Honestly, the first night that coaches could call us (June 15) I was actually asleep at midnight. My mom had to wake me up and let me know that it was about time for coaches to be calling. Then the phone starting lighting up!" (USA Today)

A look at 2016 recruit Amir Coffey

June 15th was the first day college coaches could call players from the 2016 class. And many of the nation's elite's were already setting their sights on burgeoning Minneapolis prep star Amir Coffey, who was returning from the Nike Elite 100 camp in St. Louis. Coaches from Kansas, North Carolina, Indiana, Iowa State, Purdue and Miami were among the callers, as well as, of course, Minnesota's Richard Pitino, who has made a clear early effort in showing interest. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Video: Dennis Smith Jr vs Antonio Blakeney at NBPA Top 100 Camp

Dennis Smith, Jr. and Antonio Blakeney went head to head at NBPA Top 100 Camp where the two guards exchanged buckets and some words in a hard-fought game. (View Video...)

Antonio Blakeney is a scorer

Few high school basketball players have been as productive on the camp and travel circuit as Orlando guard Antonio Blakeney. Blakeney, a 6-foot-4 player from Oak Ridge High School, won’t begin focusing heavily on colleges until after July, when he plans to make a short list. Louisville figures to make the cut. Blakeney also mentioned Florida, Florida State, Missouri, Southern California, Oregon, Providence, North Carolina and Kansas as teams that consistently contact him. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Seventh Woods: Rising Star

It took exactly one session for rising junior Seventh Woods to make an indelible impact on the elite NBPA Top 100 camp, which gathers all of the nation’s top underclassmen prospects in the same place. Woods is a truly special prospect, and he’s clearly as capable of flexing intelligent and skilled ball handling as he is delivering overpowering slams. There’s still time for him not to be the top prospect in the Class of 2016, but that slot would sure seem like his to lose. (USA Today)

UNC contacts 2016 5-star PF Juwan Durham

North Carolina has been in contact with 2016 power forward Juwan Durham (6'9", 200, Tampa, FL), according to recruiting analyst Clint Jackson via Twitter:

Clint Jackson @clintjackson1
Juwan Durham said UNC has been in contact as well. An assistant has called his coach, per the 6-9 PF (2016)

UNC's interest is in the initial stages at this point, but Durham already claims scholarship offers from Florida, Florida State, Kansas, and Louisville, among others. The Summer recruiting season will be telling as to how serious his recruitment becomes.

(UNC contacts 2016 5-star PF Juwan Durham)

NBPA Day Two Recap

Jimmy Whitt scored six points and tossed out three assists in his opening game of the day. The 6-foot-2 guard is known as a scoring threat, but he’s showing more and more point guard skills and is a tremendous passer. At this stage, he’s a combination guard that may be making the move to point guard. Malik Beasley quietly had a strong second session game on Thursday. Beasley scored 14 points on 5-for-7 shooting and also reeled in six rebounds. Beasley is a skilled scorer that can put up points in a variety of ways. (

Luke Maye to visit UNC on Sunday

Luke Maye certainly won't win any awards for being the most exciting basketball prospect at the NBA Top 100 camp. He's not a tremendously explosive athlete. Then you watch him play, and see him fill up the stat sheets. Maye feels like the coaches in Chapel Hill are high on him, and he elaborated on their level of interest. "I talk to Coach (CB) McGrath on a regular basis and Coach (Roy) Williams calls me about once a week. They just keep in touch and like I said, I am going to go over there on Sunday and see what they say and see what their plan is for me and just go from there." (Tar Heel Illustrated)

NBPA Top 100 Camp Day 1 Stat Leaders

Five-star forward Ben Simmons was the talk of the NBPA Top 100 Camp on Day 1 as he led all scorers through two games played. Here is a look at the Day 1 stat leaders and notable performers: Dennis Smith: 10.5 pts, 4.5 asst, 1.5 TO, 4 reb; Luke Maye: 9.5 pts, 6.5 reb; Edrice Adebayo: 12 pts, 9-15 FG, 6-6 FT; Antonio Blakeney: 12 pts; Seventh Woods: 11.5 pts, 3 reb. (Carolina Blue)

Diamond Stone, Malik Newman package deal not a certainty

There's been much made of a potential Diamond Stone-Malik Newman package deal, but according to the father of five-star center Stone, it's not a certainty. Bob Stone told that the two will team in college if their respective recruitments work out that way, but a package deal isn't -- no pun intended -- set in Stone. "Our objective is to put Diamond in the best position to meet his goals and be successful and I'm sure the Newmans feel the same," the elder Stone said. (Carolina Blue)

UNC, Notre Dame, Duke, Michigan in Hunt for Matt Ryan

Eight games into his junior year, Matt Ryan’s blend of of stats (19 PPG, 8RPG, 4RPG), academics (3.8 GPA, Honor Roll, no grade lower than a 92 in PreCalc) and fearless range turned moderate interest from Princeton, George Mason, Davidson, and UPenn into heavy hounding from Duke, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Michigan, Marquette and myriad others. The last three months, Ryan’s competitive edge has grown. He’s stoked with confidence and a desire to prove he’s as good as projected. (Zag's Blog)

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Where's Roy?
Tracking Roy Williams on the Recruiting Trail

Friday, January 29, 2016
Watching 2018 3-star small forward Jairus Hamilton play against 2018 PG Devon Dotson at Cannon School in Concord, NC.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Watching 2017 PF Wendell Carter play against Pace Academy in Atlanta, GA

Saturday, January 23, 2016
Visiting 2017 5-star small forward Kevin Knox at Tampa Catholic High School in Tampa, FL

Sunday, January 17, 2016
Watching 2016 4-star center Udoka Azubuike at the Hoop Hall Classic in Springfield, MA

Saturday, January 16, 2016
Watching 2016 UNC commits Tony Bradley and Brandon Robinson at the Wally Keller Invitational in Punta Gorda, FL.

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