Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Basketball Recruiting.
Dennis Smith Jr. Blog: No. 1 PG blogs about recent visits to UNC, Duke and N.C. State
Dennis Smith, Jr.: "I’m excited to tell you that I ended up winning Gatorade Player of the Year for North Carolina and that was really big for me because of all the great talent we’ve got here in the state like my boys Harry Giles, Brandon Ingram, Edrice Adebayo and a lot more players. I’ve been out to a few games lately — Carolina, Duke and N.C. State. It’s always cool going to those schools and seeing how everything is on game day. Right now I’d say I talk to Duke, Louisville and UNC the most."
No. 1 Jaylen Brown visits Michigan, California
The nation's top player, Jaylen Brown, a 6-foot-7 wing out of Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler, took his scheduled fifth and final official visit to Michigan this past Thursday and Friday. Brown then returned home for a day, before taking an unofficial visit to California on Sunday and Monday. California hasn't been on Brown's list, but have apparently been actively recruiting him. Brown has also taken official visits to Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina and UCLA.
Jalek Felton lives up to expectations, then some
Jalek Felton averaged 28.7 points, 6.5 assists and 2.4 steals per game this season, which included a highlight reel full of dunks and memories. He eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau this season, earned all-state honors and also committed to play at North Carolina during the Beach Ball Classic in December. A few days before committing, Felton had the best scoring game of his career, dropping in 51 points in an 83-74 win over Myrtle Beach at the Beach Ball Classic. It was second most points scored in a game in tournament history.
Video: Dennis Smith, Jr. Junior Year Mixtape
Dennis Smith Jr is considered the top point guard in the junior class and, at only 17 years old, it’s easy to see why. Dennis plays for Trinity Christian School based out of Fayetteville, NC and helped lead his team to a NCISAA State Semi-Final. Watch as Smith deals with double & triple teams.
North Carolina Boys Basketball Player of the Year: Dennis Smith Jr.
He averaged 21.8 points per game this past season, leading the Crusaders (23-10) to the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association’s Class 1A state semifinals. Competing for Team United in Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League this past summer, Smith averaged 12.0 points, 5.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per contest.
Harry Giles Blog: Falling at states, Duke-UNC games, & more
Harry Giles: "I went to Duke when they played Carolina and I went to Carolina when they played Duke and both games were craaaazy! Their fans are really different to me. I think Duke has more of the student, wild and crazy crowd. They’ve got more students than regular fans and Carolina has more regular fans than students. They get pretty crazy too, though. That whole environment is just on another level. I swear when I’m at those games I want to jump out of my seat and check in to the game."
Brandon Ingram leads Kinston to 4th straight state title
Brandon Ingram had 28 points and 10 rebounds to lead Kinston past East Lincoln 60-43 in the Class 2-A North Carolina High School Athletics Association men's championship game Saturday. Ingram was the game's most valuable player and was 10 for 22 while helping the Vikings (26-4) win their fourth state championship. Darnell Dunn added 12 points for Kinston, which shot 42 percent and held the Mustangs to 30 percent shooting to earn its 11th state championship.
Jayson Tatum Blog: Duke visit, vying for a state title, and more
I took an official visit to Duke recently and I can honestly say that it exceeded my expectations. I went in there wondering how crazy it was gonna be because of everything I heard about their fans and things like that and it was better than people said. I got a good feel for the campus and the school. I checked out a few classes and went to practices and the game too. I would definitely give the visit a 10 out of 10. I don’t have another visit scheduled as of right now; I’m gonna focus on winning this title and go from there.
Brandon Ingram’s attention on 4th title, then decision
Throughout this basketball season, games at Kinston High were must-see events in the eastern North Carolina town of about 22,000 residents. Kinston, about 90 miles east of Raleigh, has one of the nation’s best high school players in 6-foot-9 senior Brandon Ingram, ESPN’s No. 2-ranked small forward prospect and the No. 12 player overall.
UNC Insider - Recruiting and ACC Tournament Edition
The home game against Duke served as a major recruiting day for the Tar Heels. Class of 2016 power forward Tony Bradley took an official visit to UNC. North Carolina also hosted 2016 studs Harry Giles, Dennis Smith, and Seventh Woods. In addition UNC targets, V.J. King (2016), Brandon Robinson (2016), and Matt Coleman (2017) were in attendance, along with Tar Heel commits Luke Maye (2015) and Jalek Felton (2017). Brandon Ingram and Jaylen Brown remain the two 2015 targets still out there for UNC.
Video: Maverick Rowan Highlights
Highlights of 2016 4-star shooting guard Maverick Rowan from Cardinal Gibbons high school in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Rowan recently received a scholarship offer from North Carolina to go along with earlier offers from Louisville, Florida, and NC State among others.
Video: New Harry Giles Mixtape
Check out all the incredible highlights that led to such a successful year for Harry Giles and his Wesleyan Christian Trojans. The Trojans lost in the state championship game to inner-county rival, Greensboro Day, and Giles is looking forward to taking out that aggression this summer on the AAU circuit.
Video: Edrice Adebayo Playoff Highlights
2016 North Carolina power forward recruit Edrice Adebayo went wild during the state quarterfinal round this past Friday. Though his team fell in the semifinal, no one who watched him the day before will forget his 37-point, 23-rebound performance anytime soon.
Jaylen Brown, No. 7 Wheeler win state title with free throws with 0.6 seconds left
Jaylen Brown capped his fantastic high school career for Wheeler High with a Georgia AAAAAA state championship, making two free throws with 0.6 seconds remaining to give the Wildcats a 59-58 victory against Pebblebrook on Saturday night in Macon. Brown finished a perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line and scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Marietta school to victory. Brown, ranked No. 2 in the ESPN 100 and an McDonald’s All American, added nine rebounds.
Nine Basketball Recruits Visiting for UNC-Duke Game
The Tar Heels are set to host nine basketball recruits for the UNC-Duke game on Saturday:
--2015 PF Luke Maye (committed)
--2016 SG Seventh Woods
--2016 G Dennis Smith
--2016 PF Harry Giles
--2016 C Tony Bradley
--2016 SG V.J. King
--2016 SG Brandon Robinson
--2017 G Jalek Felton (committed)
--2017 PG Matt Coleman