UNC Basketball Recruiting
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Robert Johnson Commits to Indiana
Robert Johnson, a 4-star shooting guard from Richmond, Virginia (Benedictine HS), has committed to Indiana. Johnson chose the Hoosiers over his other 3 finalists: North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida State.
Johnson's commitment to Indiana leaves Roy Williams still searching for the elusive shooting guard to complete UNC's 2014 basketball recruiting class
that already contains point guard Joel Berry and forwards Justin Jackson and Theo Pinson.
UNC's next chance to land a commitment will come next weekend as 5-star shooting guard Rashad Vaughn is scheduled to visit Chapel Hill. Vaughn once considered committing to North Carolina but decided to delay his decision after consulting with his parents.
Once Vaughn's UNC visit is complete, he has official visits scheduled to Baylor October 18th and to Iowa State on November 17th. Vaughn has not yet set an annoucement date. (Robert Johnson Commits to Indiana
Robert Johnson Sr. talks about son’s upcoming decision
North Carolina has a couple commitments from some wing guys. How does that affect you guys as far as chances to play early that they have Theo Pinson, Justin Jackson and (point guard) Joel Berry already? Robert Johnson, Sr.: "That situation, I don’t think, would hinder Rob’s decision in going to Carolina. I think they’re coming in with a great class, and even if Rob decided to go to Carolina, he would enhance it even more because they are all different." (Louisville Courier-Journal
Recruiting against Tar Heels tough but not impossible
On the eve of basketball prospect Robert Johnson’s announcement of his college choice, I found myself wondering about Virginia’s track record when recruiting against North Carolina. Johnson, a 6-foot-2 point guard from Benedictine in Richmond, has not eliminated any of the four schools he has visited (UVa, UNC, Indiana and Florida State). He’s supposed to reveal his decision Friday at 3:30 p.m. UVa was involved with several Virginians who ended up picking the Tar Heels, most notably J.R. Reid and George Lynch. (Roanoke Times
Announcement primer: 2014 guard Robert Johnson
On Friday afternoon, Florida State, Indiana, North Carolina and Virginia will learn where class of 2014 guard Robert Johnson will play in college. Johnson, a senior at Benedictine College Preparatory in Richmond, Virginia, will announce his intentions at 3:30 p.m. ET in the school library. Publicly, he’s spoken positively about each school, but most believe Indiana and North Carolina are the primary contenders with Virginia as a potential wildcard. (Inside the Hall
Rivals.com releases 2016 basketball recruit rankings
When looking at the class of 2016 and who should start off ranked at the top, three names kept coming up over and over again: Six-foot-6 shooting guard Josh Jackson from Detroit (Mich.) Consortium, 6-foot-9 power forward Harry Giles from High Point (N.C.) Wesleyan and seven-footer Thon Maker from Martinsville (Va.) Carlisle. For now, we give Jackson the slight edge in what is essentially a photo finish among the three. (Rivals.com
Robert Johnson sees recruiting profile boom
Six months ago, Robert Johnson’s best scholarship offers came mostly from mid-major basketball programs. Virginia Commonwealth, perhaps, was the most prestigious school courting him. Over the summer, though, the Benedictine senior's profile has boomed. He now has 20 offers under his belt, including Indiana, Georgetown and North Carolina. On Friday, he will pick just one. Indiana, North Carolina, Florida State and Virginia are his finalists. (Richmond Times-Dispatch
Roy Williams visits Luke Kennard
Four of the country’s top coaches have been to Franklin, Ohio, in the past week to meet with one of 2015’s top recruits. Luke Kennard has been visited by Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, North Carolina’s Roy Williams, Michigan’s John Beilein and Ohio State’s Thad Matta in recent days (related photo
), his father told the Herald-Leader on Tuesday. Coaches were allowed to begin off-campus visits with recruits last Monday. Scout.com ranks Kennard — a 6-foot-5 shooting guard — as the No. 15 overall prospect in the Class of 2015. (Next Cats
Decision time for Robert Johnson
6-foot-3 guard Robert Johnson is currently weighing offers from UVa, UNC, Indiana and Florida State and is expected to announce his decision on Friday. Here's what Benedictine coach Ryan Marable told me, verbatim: “Before the FSU visit, I thought it was about 33, 33, 33 percentage-wise. I didn’t think FSU was going to be able to get in the mix because it’s so far away and he had two other ACC offers that were closer...but they blew him away down there." (Charlottesville Daily Progress
NCAA bars college recruiters from three prep schools
Huntington Prep is off-limits as of now for in-person evaluation. And so are Findlay Prep in Las Vegas and Prime Prep in Dallas. Three of the major destinations nationally for elite-level talent and the coaches that pursue them are shut down for in-person recruiting until further notice. According to multiple college coaches and emails obtained from both the NCAA and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the three prep schools have been deemed "non-scholastic," which in accordance with a Dec. 19, 2012, NCAA directive means evaluation outside of games is prohibited. (Yahoo! Sports
Q&A with Theo Pinson
An informal Q&A with 2014 UNC commit Theo Pinson: If I could be teammates with one pro athlete in any sport, it’d be...Magic Johnson. I will consider myself a success when I...retire from the NBA and know that I did the best that I could. If I could tell one person thanks, it would be...My parents. For putting me on the right path and keeping me in line. (USA Today
Scout.com Releases 2016 Top-25 Basketball Recruits
Harry Giles tops our first 2016 list of top 25 recruits. Giles, who missed the summer and will miss his sophomore season due to a knee injury suffered at USA Basketball, held off strong pushes by Josh Jackson and Thon Maker to check in at No. 1 overall in the 2016 top 25. At 6-foot-9, Giles has the ability to play both inside and out. His skill set is advanced and allows him to make plays around the rim, from mid-range and even from behind the three-point stripe. (Scout.com
Robert Johnson Sets Decision Date
Robert Johnson has set a decision date. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound combo guard from Chesterfield (Va.) Benedictine School told Paul Biancardi of ESPN.com he will announce Sept. 20 and that he is considering Indiana, North Carolina and Virginia, and will visit Florida State this weekend. North Carolina remains involved with Minnesota shooting guard Rashad Vaughn, who has set official visit dates to Baylor, North Carolina and Iowa State. (Zag's Blog
Rashad Vaughn Sets Three Official Visits
Rashad Vaughn, the top shooting guard in the nation, has set three officials. The 6-foot-5 Vaughn from Findlay Prep will trip to North Carolina Sept. 27, to Baylor Oct. 18 and to Iowa State Nov. 17, his mentor, Pete Kaffey, told SNY.tv. Vaughn’s parents will also have home visits in Minnesota with Baylor (Monday), Kansas (Wednesday) and North Carolina (Saturday). Kansas coach Bill Self will also meet with Vaughn himself Friday in Las Vegas after the meeting with his folks. (Zag's Blog
Roy Williams to visit James Blackmon, Jr. on Friday
Roy Williams will visit 2014 shooting guard James Blackmon, Jr. on Friday, according to 247 Sports
. Blackmon (6'3", 175, Marion, Indiana) is one of 4 shooting guards in UNC's 2014 basketball recruiting class
being targeted by North Carolina to fill the final slot in the class.
Fellow shooting guard Robert Johnson visited UNC over the weekend, Rashad Vaughn is scheduled to visit Chapel Hill on September 27, and Dante Exum rounds out the group. The final scholarship slot will go to whoever commits first from among the four.
Blackmon is rated as a 4-star prospect by Scout, 247, and ESPN, while Rivals rates him a 5-star recruit. He is regarded as a pure shooter, which is exactly what UNC needs to round out its 2014 class.
Blackmon initially committed to home-state school Indiana but has since decommitted. He is still considering the Hoosiers along with Kentucky, Lousville, North Carolina, Michigan, Michigan State, and Florida State. (Roy Williams to visit James Blackmon, Jr. on Friday
Theo Pinson, Harry Giles invited to USA Basketball camp
Wesleyan's Theo Pinson and Harry Giles were invited to an October mini-camp for the 2013 U.S. men's developmental national team in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball announced Monday. The camp Oct. 5-6 will feature 48 high school basketball players from across the country. Including Pinson, 13 of those players are from the class of 2014 and will be training in preparation for the 2014 USA U18 national team. Giles, a sophomore who is still recovering from a knee injury, will attend the camp but not participate. (Greensboro News & Record
Rashad Vaughn Schedules UNC Visit
2014 5-star shooting guard Rashad Vaughn (Minneapolis, MN) has scheduled an official visit to UNC on September 27, according to FOXSports Recruiting Analyst Evan Daniels via Twitter
Evan Daniels @EvanDanielsFOX
UNC will have Rashad Vaughn on campus for an official visit on September 27th. He'll go to Baylor the weekend of October 18th.
Vaughn is one of three shooting guards in UNC's 2014 recruiting class
being actively pursued by Roy Williams. One of those, Robert Johnson (Richmond, VA), officially visited Chapel Hill over the weekend (Sept 6-8) and will take a couple more visits before announcing a decision. (Rashad Vaughn Schedules UNC Visit
2014 Scouting Reports: Theo Pinson, Justin Jackson
Justin Jackson: Extremely skilled small forward with a strong basketball IQ. Lacks the athleticism and aggressiveness you typically see from a player so highly rated. Did not perform that impressively in any of the settings I evaluated him, particularly compared with many of his peers at his position. Theo Pinson: Highly rated wing prospect going to North Carolina. Was very highly regarded early on in his high school career, but has fallen off somewhat as his body hasn't developed and his outside shot remains extremely inconsistent. Still a fairly talented and versatile player. (Draft Express
2015 PG P.J. Dozier to miss season after ACL surgery
Spring Valley shooting guard P.J. Dozier will miss the 2013-14 basketball season after having ACL surgery earlier this week. He and his family decided now would be the best time to have the surgery after the junior guard aggravated a long-standing injury in the early part of August. “He just reinjured it,” said Perry Dozier, his father and coach at Spring Valley. “He’s had a torn ACL since 2007 when he was 12 years old. We haven’t said anything about it and he’s been playing on it since then. (The State
Consistency key in the pursuit of Robert Johnson
Robert Johnson's Indiana visit was followed by an official trip to Virginia last weekend. North Carolina is up next this weekend and Florida State later in the month. The family is also talking to Georgetown about a visit next month and is still hearing from Pittsburgh. Johnson, who said in mid-August that he could make a decision on a visit, now appears committed to seeing the process through. According to this father, Johnson doesn’t have a firm timetable on when he’ll make an announcement. (Inside the Hall
Updated Rivals.com 2014 Top-150 Basketball Recruit Rankings Released
North Carolina commit Justin Jackson moves up to No. 10, while fellow commits Theo Pinson and Joel Berry check in at No. 19 and 25 respectively in the updated Rivals.com Top-150 Basketball Recruits of 2014. UNC shooting guard recruit Rashad Vaughn is ranked No. 7 and this weekend's upcoming visitor, shooting guard Robert Johnson, is ranked 42nd. (Yahoo! Sports