UNC Basketball Recruiting
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Future Tar Heels to play in McDonald's All-American game Wednesday on ESPN
Three future Tar Heels will take the court Wednesday night at 9:30 on ESPN at Chicago's United Center for the 2014 McDonald's High School All-American game.
Point guard Joel Berry will play for the West team wearing number 11, while forwards Justin Jackson (#44) and Theo Pinson (#1) will team up for the East squad.
Speaking of jersey numbers, InsideCarolina.com's Dijana Kunovac reported Tuesday from Chicago that the incoming freshmen have already selected the jersey numbers
they'll wear next year for the Tar Heels:
Pinson will wear No. 1 for UNC, Berry has chosen No. 2, and Jackson will wear No. 44.
Pinson Dunks, Berry Dances at Powerade Jamfest
In the lead up to the McDonald's All-American Game, future Tar Heels took part in the Powerade Jamfest in Chicago on Monday night. Theo Pinson took part in the dunk contest and Joel Berry participated in the skills contest. For Berry, the real skill he showed was his dancing as he stats his case for "Jump Around" duties next season (assuming he doesn't start.)
Justin Jackson is first home-schooler to play in McDonald's All-American Game
Justin Jackson, who is from Tomball, Texas, outside of Houston, is the first home-schooler selected to play in the McDonald's boys game. "It's a blessing to be the first one," said Jackson, who will play for the East team in Wednesday's game at the United Center. "It's opened a lot of opportunities for those coming up." He attends co-op classes twice a week at a church with other home-schooled kids and has been home-schooled all four years of high school and two years of middle school.
Video: Theo Pinson dunks over Jay Williams at Powerade Jam Fest
North Carolina commit Theo Pinson jumps over ESPN broadcaster and former Duke guard Jay Williams in the Powerade Jam Fest's dunk competition.
McDonald's Practice Highlights: Pinson gets the point
Theo Pinson should fit in perfectly at North Carolina next season; not just because he's a talented wing who can score and defend multiple positions. Pinson will mesh nicely in Chapel Hill because he knows how to point. It was legendary former coach Dean Smith who invented the point; which basically means when you make a basket, you point to the player who threw the pass. Every time Pinson made a shot, he quickly whipped around and pointed to his teammate.
UNC Commits on ESPNU Monday for McDonald's All-American Games POWERADE Jam Fest
All three of UNC's 2014 basketball commits will be on ESPNU Monday night, March 31 at 9:00 pm ET for the McDonald's All-American Games POWERADE Jam Fest.
Point guard Joel Berry will participate in the Skills Contest. Forward Theo Pinson will participate in the Skills Contest and Slam Dunk Contest. And forward Justin Jackson will compete in the Three-Point Shootout. Here's a complete list of participants
Video: Future Heels Theo Pinson, Justin Jackson Connect at 2014 McDonald's Game
Future North Carolina Tar Heels Theo Pinson and Justin Jackson connected several times during practice for the McDonald's All American Game in Chicago earlier Monday.
Malik Newman, Diamond Stone a package deal?
Malik Newman hasn’t said much about his impending recruitment to date. His final decision could be the same as another top 2015 prospect in Diamond Stone, a 6-10, 240-pound center from Milwaukee. “He’s like one of my play brothers,” Newman said. “We were really thinking about being a package deal. Hopefully that works out. Maybe you’ll be seeing us two play together again.” Newman and Stone played together last summer on USA Basketball’s U16 National Team, which won the FIBA Americas Championships in Maldonado, Uruguay.
Roy Williams visits Stephen Zimmerman
Roy Williams was in Las Vegas on Friday visiting with 2015 5-star center Stephen Zimmerman and his family.
Zimmerman is one of 3 centers on UNC's 2015 basketball recruiting board
who currently holds an offer from UNC -- the other two being Zimmerman's Bishop Gorman teammate Chase Jeter and Diamond Stone from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The visit went well according to Zimmerman's mother, who tweeted following the visit:
Lori Stvns ZimmerMoM @VegasBballMom:
Great meeting today with Coach Roy Williams. Always a pleasure to talk basketball with a great coach. #UNC
On a related recruiting note, Williams was spotted Thursday in the San Francisco airport
, presumably in the area to visit with 2015 5-star power forward Ivan Rabb.
Justin Jackson's Journal: Holding heads high
Future Tar Heel Justin Jackson updates his path to Chapel Hill with regular journal entries at InsideCarolina.com leading up to his enrollment. In his newest entry, he discusses the end of his senior season and his trip to see UNC's NCAA Tournament game. "A lot has happened over the last month or so since I talked to everyone. I think the word 'finality' probably best describes it. Earlier this month, my high school career came to an end."
Luke Kennard commits to Duke
Despite getting bounced in the second round of the NCAA Tournament by Mercer on Friday, there is some good news for Duke. Luke Kennard, a 6-foot-5 2015 shooting guard from Franklin (Ohio) who was named the Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year, announced for the Blue Devils on Monday night at his high school. Ranked No. 24 in the Class of 2015 by ESPN.com, Kennard also considered Kentucky, North Carolina, Louisville, Ohio State, Michigan and Florida.
Luke Kennard Announcing Monday
Luke Kennard, a 6-foot-5 2015 shooting guard from Franklin (Ohio), will make his college announcement Monday night at 7:45, according to Evan Daniels. Kennard, who averaged 40 points per game this season and was named the Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year, is considering Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Louisville, Ohio State, Michigan and Florida. He recently visited Duke for the North Carolina game and enjoyed it. Update: Kennard committed to Duke during a ceremony at his high school Monday night.
Joel Berry named Gatorade Florida Basketball Player of the Year
Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.) senior Joel Berry is the Gatorade Florida Boys Basketball Player of the Year. He led the Highlanders to a 29-4 record and their second straight Class 4A state championship this past season. The state’s two-time returning Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year, he is a 2014 McDonald’s All-American Game selection and a 2014 Jordan Brand Classic game invitee. Berry is ranked as the nation’s No. 16 recruit in the class of 2014 by ESPN and No. 25 by Rivals.
Jayson Tatum is Gatorade Missouri Basketball Player of the Year
Chaminade College Prep (St. Louis, Mo.) sophomore Jayson Tatum is the Gatorade Missouri Boys Basketball Player of the Year. He averaged 26 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and three blocks per game this past season, leading the Flyers (24-3) to the Class 5 district final. Tatum is ranked as the nation’s No. 4 recruit in the class of 2016 by both ESPN and Rivals.
Seventh Woods named Gatorade South Carolina Basketball Player of the Year
Hammond School (Columbia, S.C.) sophomore Seventh Woods is the Gatorade South Carolina Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Woods averaged 20 points, 4.1 assists, four steals and 3.6 rebounds per game while shooting 62 percent from inside the arc this past season, leading the Skyhawks to the South Carolina Independent School Association Class AAA quarterfinals. He is ranked as the nation’s No. 14 recruit in the class of 2016 by Rivals and No. 18 by ESPN.