UNC Basketball Recruiting
Complete coverage of North Carolina Basketball Recruiting.
Roy Williams on the recruiting trail in St. Louis to watch Jayson Tatum
Roy Williams and assistant coach Steve Robinson were in St. Louis
, Missouri on Thursday night to watch 2016 small forward Jayson Tatum (Chaminade College Prep) take on Maplewood-Richmond Heights. Tatum left the game early as his team led 60-35 in the blowout win, finishing the game with 14 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds, 4 blocks, and 2 steals.
Tatum, a 6-foot-7 5-star recruit, is the primary small forward target in UNC's 2016 basketball recruiting class
and is currently the only wing forward in the class with a scholarship offer from Roy Williams. Tatum also has offers from and is considering Kentucky, Missouri, Florida, and Kansas.
Jayson Tatum Highlight Video
Pinson, Berry, Jackson named McDonald's All-Americans
Three future UNC men’s basketball players were named to the prestigious McDonald’s All-American Games on Tuesday night, along with one of the Tar Heels’ top recruiting targets. Men’s basketball signees Joel Berry (Orlando, Fla.), Justin Jackson (Kimball, Texas) and Theo Pinson (Greensboro) were selected to the game, which honors 24 of the nation’s top high school seniors. The game will be played on April 2nd at the United Center in Chicago and will be televised on ESPNU.
Rashad Vaughn among top-3 undeclared seniors
The top three undeclared seniors are Myles Turner, Rashad Vaughn and JaQuan Lyle. Vaughn has been to UNLV and Iowa State on official visits and is planning to visit North Carolina on Feb. 15. He still has Kansas and Kentucky on his list. Turner will be a real difference maker in college. Vaughn will come in and be a scoring machine, and Lyle will be able to use his instincts and strength to help a team right away. I believe they will all take their time with this decision.
Dante Exum to Enter NBA Draft
Australian phenom Dante Exum has decided to declare for the 2014 NBA draft, his family and agent told ESPN.com on Tuesday. Exum has agreed to hire agent Rob Pelinka and Brandon Rosenthal of Landmark Sports Agency. Pelinka's clients include Kobe Bryant, James Harden, Andre Iguodala and Andre Drummond. Exum is widely regraded as a top-five draft pick by NBA scouts and GMs. He is currently ranked No. 4 in ESPN's Top 100 and is ranked as the No. 1 point guard on the Big Board.
Getting to know 2014 PG Joel Berry (Interview)
Knowing that I’m a Tar Heel favorite already is actually a blessing and a honor because it’s such a awesome opportunity to be able to attend such a prestigious program like UNC and I just want to do what I have to do not only represent myself and my team, but my school and fellow fans.
Recruiting Profile: 2015 Power Forward Chase Jeter
Chase Jeter is a heady player, don’t let his 6’10 size fool you, he is athletic and the comparisons to Tim Duncan are warranted in terms of style of play and skill-set. He is 6’10 but not at all defined by height alone, his size is just one weapon, his best is his brain.
Why everyone is talking about Dennis Smith Jr.
Dennis Smith's coming out party, at least nationally, was just last month at the High School OT Holiday Invitational. There he averaged 28 points, eight assists and seven rebounds against elite players like Hammond's (Columbia, S.C.) Seventh Woods, HCYA's (Houston) Justin Jackson, a UNC signee, and Carlisle's (Axton, Va.) Thon Maker. Charlotte, N.C. State, Duke, North Carolina, Wake Forest and VCU have all expressed interest in Smith. "I actually grew up an N.C. State fan," said Smith, who stands 6-foot-2.
How Joel Berry stacks up against high school's top point guards
When you speak of Tyus Jones (Duke), Emmanuel Mudiay (SMU) and Joel Berry (North Carolina), you are looking at three of the elite point guard recruits in the country. Each brings his own talent, physical tools and traits to play the position. I don't see a drop off among them at all. Berry has been a starting point guard since his freshman season, so he knows how to lead. He is tough-minded, makes open shots, defends the ball and makes winning plays.
UNC showing interest in Devonte Green (Danny's brother)
Devonte Green, a 6-2 combo guard who is the younger brother of the San Antonio Spurs’ Danny Green, mentioned UConn, Miami, North Carolina, Virginia and Duke as interested schools at the moment with many more sure to come. Given that his brother Danny played at North Carolina, his first and only response when asked about a favorite was very surprising. “Duke is up there right now,” he said with a laugh.
Healthy Rashad Vaughn gaining momentum
It appeared as if nobody would stop Theo Pinson (Greensboro, N.C./Wesleyan Christian) on Monday afternoon. In a highly anticipated matchup between Wesleyan Christian and Findlay Prep at the Spalding HoopHall Classic, the No. 13-ranked player in the Class of 2014 scored in every manner possible. Pinson scored his team’s first 11 points and entered the locker room at halftime with a game-high 18. Then Rashad Vaughn (Golden Valley, Minn./Las Vegas Findlay Prep) took over.
Roy Williams watches 2016 SF Braxton Blackwell
Roy Williams and assistant coach Steve Robinson were in Lewisburg, Tennessee Tuesday night to watch 2016 4-star small forward Braxton Blackwell (6'6", 200). Blackwell scored 25 points to lead Christ Presbyterian Academy (CPA) to an 82-40 win at Marshall County.
Blackwell currently holds offers from Indiana, Florida, NC State, Virginia, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt, along with several others
. He does not yet have an offer from Roy Williams, but if he were to receive one, Blackwell would be the second small forward in UNC's 2016 basketball recruiting class
to hold an offer (joining 5-star Jayson Tatum).
Braxton Blackwell Highlights:
Video: Justin Jackson off-the-backboard alley-oop dunk
Following up on a 35-point performance at the 2014 Flyin’ to the Hoop event, 2014 North Carolina signee Justin Jackson went for 31 Saturday morning in a loss to Huber Heights Wayne, including this big dunk off the backboard.
Video: Theo Pinson scores 23 at Hoophall Classic on Monday
University of North Carolina-bound Theo Pinson was instant office for Wesleyan Christian School at the Spalding Hoophall Classic at Springfield College on Monday. Pinson scored 14 first quarter points and finished with 23 points to go with four rebounds and three assists, but lost to Findlay College Prep (starring UNC recruit Rashad Vaughn) 73-44. Pinson made 3 of 7 attempts from behind the 3-point arc.
Rashad Vaughn Targeting Decision in February or March
Findlay Prep guard Rashad Vaughn is targeting a college decision by late February or early March, he told Jeff Borzello of CBSSports.com Monday at the Hoophall Classic. “I got relationships with all the coaches, so it’s just where I fit in and can get better and play,” Vaughn said after scoring 12 points in Findlay’s 73-44 win over Wesleyan Christian (N.C.). As of now, Vaughn’s only slated visit is to North Carolina Feb. 15. North Carolina coach Roy Williams recently visited him in Las Vegas.
UNC signees Joel Berry, Theo Pinson named to 2014 USA Junior National Select Team roster
Headlined by Jahlil Okafor (Whitney Young H.S./Chicago, Ill.), the 2014 USA Junior National Select Team roster also includes two-time gold medal winners Stanley Johnson (Mater Dei H.S./Fullerton, Calif.), Tyus Jones (Apple Valley H.S./Apple Valley, Minn.) and Justise Winslow (St. John’s School/Houston, Texas); as well as Joel Berry II (Lake Highland Prep School/Apopka, Fla.) and Theo Pinson (Wesleyan Christian Academy/Greensboro, N.C.), who each own one international gold medal.