UNC Basketball Recruiting
Brandon Ingram to Visit UNC Monday
Five-star forward Brandon Ingram announced on twitter that he will unofficially visit North Carolina Monday. Ingram, 6-8, 180-pounds from Kinston (N.C.) High School, is coming off an unofficial visit to UCLA and official visit to Duke last week. Duke and North Carolina are currently battling in Ingram's Crystal Ball with Duke in a slight lead and trending. N.C. State, Kansas and Kentucky amongst others are pursuing Ingram.
Harry Giles Leads USA Past Angola 99-56
After getting off to a slow start and scoring just two points in the first two minutes, the 2014 USA U17 Team (2-0) stormed to a 99-56 victory over Angola (1-1) in 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship for Men preliminary round action on Saturday afternoon at the Al Shabab Arena in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. All 12 members of the team contributed in the scoring column, including four in double digits, led by Harry Giles (Wesleyan Christian Academy/Winston-Salem, N.C.), who scored 14 points and had a game-high six of the USA's 22 steals.
Video: Kenny Williams Summer Highlights
Summer highlights of 4-star shooting guard Kenny Williams, who holds a scholarship offer from Roy Williams in UNC's 2015 basketball recruiting class
. Williams is seriously considering UNC as well as VCU, who has also offered.
Dennis Smith, Jr. Gives the Latest on Recruitment
Dennis Smith, Jr.: "I thought it was cool that Duke, UNC, N.C. State and Florida all reached out to me after I didn’t make the USA team. They all basically told me to use it as motivation and that’s what I plan to do. Right now everything is open for me and I’m definitely not favoring anyone. I don’t plan on taking any visits until basketball season starts back up; I’m not sure where I’ll be going right now, but I’ll let all of you guys know when I do."
Roy Williams Offers Kenny Williams
Roy Williams and his staff had plenty of opportunities to see 2015 SG Kenny Williams in action. The UNC coaching staff spent a lot of time, during open evaluation periods watching his summer team, Boo Williams, in action. And now, the Tar Heel head coach has stepped up and offered a scholarship to the 6-3 wing guard from LC Bird High School in Chesterfield County, a suburb of Richmond. When asked how he felt about the UNC offer, Williams describes it in one word. "Unbelievable."
P.J. Dozier schedules visit to UNC
P.J. Dozier, a four-star recruit in Class of 2015, according to Rivals, has set his five official visits for the upcoming months. According to Evan Daniels of Scout.com, the 6-foot-6 wing will begin taking his official visits at the end of this month with a trip to Louisville on Aug. 31. That visit will be followed by stops at North Carolina (Sept. 6) and Georgetown (Sept. 13) the following two weekends. He’ll be at Michigan on Sept. 16. The Columbia native will remain in-state at South Carolina on Oct. 17.
Donovan Mitchell Cuts List to 5
Just a few days after trimming his list to 10 schools, Donovan Mitchell is now down to five. The 6-foot-3 Brewster (N.H.) Academy guard Tweeted that his final five now consists of Villanova, Louisville, Boston College, Florida State and Providence. Creighton, Indiana, Georgetown, Kansas and North Carolina were cut. As reported last week, Mitchell will visit Villanova on Monday and Louisville Thursday-Friday.
P.J. Dozier Announces Top-5 List
Class of 2015 five-star shooting guard P.J. Dozier has narrowed his list of schools to five. Louisville, UNC, Georgetown, South Carolina, and Michigan all made the cut. Dozier is a 6-foot-5, 180-pound prospect from Columbia (SC). He tweeted that he will take official visits to all five schools on his list. Currently, Dozier's 247Sports Crystal Ball reads 89% UNC, 6% South Carolina, and 6% Georgetown.
2015 SG Donovan Mitchell, one of July’s hottest prospects, cuts list to 10
Donovan Mitchell has finally cut his list of schools, a process that has been a long time in the works. On Thursday morning, Mitchell tweeted out that he was now only considering 10 schools: Providence, Creighton, Florida State, Indiana, Georgetown, Villanova, Louisville, Kansas, Boston College and North Carolina. A powerful, 6-foot-3 guard with long arms, Mitchell’s game resembles that of Dwayne Wade and Louisville guard Terry Rozier. He’s excellent attacking the glass, he can put the ball on the floor and finish above the rim.
UNC basketball recruiting: Names to know in the 2015 and 2016 classes
Is it fair to conclude that for whatever reason – perhaps a desire to avoid one-and-dones, or to maintain better team chemistry – Roy Williams and his staff have gone away from recruiting the best of the best year after year? UNC has yet to secure its first commitment from the class of 2015, but here’s a look at some of the players the Tar Heels might be targeting, and how they could fit into the team:
Top UNC Recruits Make USA U17 Basketball Team
UNC basketball recruits Ivan Rabb, Henry Ellenson, Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum, and V.J. King were all chosen for the U17 USA Men's Basketball team. Rabb, Ellenson, Stone, and Newman are 2015 recruits with UNC offers. Giles and Tatum are top 2016 prospects with UNC offers. V.J. King is on the Tar Heels' radar, but has not received an offer from UNC. Rabb visited UNC this spring and has mentioned plans to attend Late Night with Roy on October, although that has not been confirmed.
Off-Court Changes Lead To Big Improvements For Henry Ellenson
A summer ago, Henry Ellenson (Rice Lake H.S./Rice Lake, Wisconsin) made the roster cut as a finalist for the 2013 USA Basketball U16 National Team, but his hopes for a gold medal were suddenly gone when he found out that he didn’t make the U16 squad. The tough reality check of being so close to the dream and yet not there at all, prompted Ellenson to make some changes to get better, faster and stronger. After losing 30 pounds over the course of a year, Ellenson is back at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
Antonio Blakeney cuts list to 7, eliminates UNC
Antonio Blakeney tells Scout.com that he is down to seven schools. The five-star prospect out of Orlando (Fla.) Oak Ridge cut his list to Florida State, Louisville, Missouri, Kentucky, Oregon, LSU and USC. "Now I can really focus on those schools as they focus on me," Blakeney said. Blakeney, one of the best scorers in the 2015 class, said his plan is to set up visits following adidas Nations, which is this coming weekend.
Las Vegas AAU recap: Eight thoughts from the third evaluation period
Skal Labissiere might be the best long-term prospect in 2015: A couple years ago, the Haitian post player was one of the more intriguing prospects in the class of 2015. His stock dipped a little bit, though, and he was right around the top-20 heading into July according to the 247Sports Composite. That's all changed now. Labissiere was fantastic this month, showing off an advanced offensive game that we haven't seen consistently from him in the past.
Despite bad knee injury, nobody losing interest in Harry Giles
On another continent playing the game he loved, Harry Giles experienced something that no 15-year-old should. The elite basketball prospect was in Uruguay with the Team USA under-16 squad competing for a FIBA Americas championship last summer when he went down in a heap.