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Updated Rivals.com 2016 Basketball Rankings

A few days ago, Rivals.com released its new basketball prospect 2017 rankings, today it has released its 2016 top 150. Three of the top seven players - Harry Giles, Dennis Smith, Edrice Adebayo - are from North Carolina and overall, seven of the 150 are from the Old North State.

Jayson Tatum to announce on Sunday

Jayson Tatum will announce his college decision at the Nike Peach Jam on Sunday, his father Justin Tatum told Scout late Saturday night. Tatum, a five-star prospect out St. Louis (Mo.) Chaminade, has narrowed his list to Duke, St. Louis, North Carolina and Kentucky. Tatum is currently ranked No. 3 on Scout.

UNC recruits await end of NCAA investigation

Tony Bradley has spent his summer doing the kinds of things high-level basketball recruits do. A top 25 recruit in the class of 2016, the 6-foot-10 power forward from Bartow, Florida, has crisscrossed the country going to showcase camps and AAU tournaments. He's also been keeping tabs on the slow-moving wheels of NCAA justice. Like the rest of UNC's recruiting targets, he's been awaiting an outcome in the NCAA's investigation into academic fraud at the school.

Killeya-Jones: "Coach Williams said he is 100 percent positive..."

In an interview with the Charlotte Observer at the Under Armour All-American Camp in the Queen City this weekend, 247Sports five-star power forward Sacha Killeya-Jones (Lynchburg, VA/Virginia Episcopal School) talked about his recruitment and UNC. “Coach Williams said he is 100 percent positive they’re not going to crack down on the men’s basketball team,” the 6-foot-10 Chapel Hill native said.

Miles Bridges to Cut List After Peach Jam

Miles Bridges has been one of the most impressive players at the Peach Jam, with coaches like Kentucky’s John Calipari and Michigan State’s Tom Izzo among those regularly watching his games. The Michigan native currently features a list of eight schools — Michigan State, Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, North Carolina, N.C. State, Iowa State and Louisville — but plans to cut his list after Peach Jam. “Shortly after Peach Jam I will [cut it] down to a top five,” he said Friday.

Miles Bridges Puts On Show At Peach Jam

It would be tough for Miles Bridges to have a better performance than the one he put on Thursday night. In need of a win, Bridges was huge for The Family as they cruised home with a victory, and he cemented himself as one of the best forwards in the country. Recruiting is still steady for Bridges who intends to make his visits in the fall, and there is no doubt that Michigan State, Kentucky, and North Carolina are going to do everything in their power to get him at their school.

Dennis Smith, Edrice Adebayo conclude play at Adidas Uprising Gauntlet Finale

North Carolina's Team Loaded, which has a roster that includes in-state standouts Dennis Smith Jr. and Edrice Adebayo, lost twice Thursday and was eliminated from the Adidas Uprising Gauntlet Finale in Atlanta. After winning its opener Wednesday, Team Loaded fell 57-54 to the New York Rens and 67-64 to Texas P.R.O. In the first game, Devonte Green (Danny's younger brother) hit two tiebreaking free throws with 18 seconds left, and Smith missed a game-tying 3-point attempt at the buzzer.

Malik Monk to Announce List Next Month

Malik Monk, the 6-4 shooting guard from Lepanto (ARK) Bentonville, will announce his college list next month on the radio show of his brother Marcus, Ben Roberts of NextCats reported. Marcus Monk previously told SNY.tv his brother would announce his list next month. Kentucky and Arizona are the perceived leaders for Monk, but Roberts reported Marcus said Kansas, North Carolina, Oregon and Florida State are also strongly in the mix.

Dennis Smith Jr. shines at Adidas Uprising Gauntlet Series event

Fayetteville point guard Dennis Smith Jr., a rising senior at Trinity Christian School, is playing for North Carolina's Team Loaded at the final Adidas Uprising Gauntlet Series stop in Atlanta. In a 61-57 victory against Stackhouse Elite Uplay on Wednesday, Smith had 18 points, five assists, and three rebounds in 29 minutes. Smith played in front of coaches from Duke, UNC, NC State, and Louisville. Edrice Adebayo, another highly rated recruit in the Class of 2016, had 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Harry Giles Planning Fall Decision

Harry Giles is planning to cut his college list later this summer and then arrive at a decision sometime this fall. The 6-foot-10 Giles out of Winston-Salem (N.C.) Wesleyan is considering eight schools — Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Kansas, Syracuse, Ohio State and UNLV. “He’s still got all eight schools,” Harry Giles Sr. told SNY.tv at the Peach Jam.

Harry Giles enjoying final summer as a prep star

With spacious atriums of brick and glass, the inside of the Riverview Park Activities Center doesn't usually seem cramped. But when Harry Giles, the rising senior at High Point Wesleyan Christian, is around, space becomes tight. A smooth 6-foot-10 forward, Giles is considered by many as the top recruit in his class. At the Nike EYBL Finals at Peach Jam, where he's playing on Team CP3, he's a rock star. As soon as Thursday's early game ended, he was mobbed by reporters.

Roy Williams offers Finnish big man Lauri Markkanen

North Carolina has offered 2016 power forward Lauri Markkanen from Finland, Scout.com reports. Per Scout's Evan Daniels, UNC head coach Roy Williams offered the 6-foot-10, 214-pound prospect over the phone. Markkanen is down to three schools: North Carolina, Utah, and Arizona. He plans to visit all three in October before making a November decision. Williams plans to make an in-home visit to see Markkanen in September.

Legion of High-Major Coaches Turn Out to Watch Alkins, Heron

A legion of big-time Division 1 coaches turned out on the first night of the July live period in Atlanta to watch the NY Rens team featuring Rawle Alkins and Mustapha Heron at the Adidas Gauntlet Finale. Among the coaches on hand were Kentucky’s John Calipari, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, North Carolina’s Roy Williams, SMU’s Larry Brown, and Texas’ Shaka Smart. Rens coach Andy Borman expects Kentucky, North Carolina, St. John’s and Indiana to prioritize Alkins in July.

Kobi Simmons to Visit Kentucky, Xavier

Kobi Simmons, a 6-foot-5 combo guard from Alpharetta (GA) St. Francis, has set two official visits for later this summer: Kentucky and Xavier. The No. 1 point guard in the Class of 2016 according to 247Sports.com, Simmons is being courted by a Who’s Who of schools, including Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio State, Georgia, Arizona, Kansas and Syracuse, among others.

Jayson Tatum announcing decision within two weeks

Jayson Tatum is ready to let the world know where he will be playing college basketball. Sometime within the next two weeks, the #1 small forward (and #4 overall player) in the Class of 2016 will announce his decision. Down to four schools as of April 10th, the 6'8" wing from Saint Louis, Missouri surprised some when he kept his hometown school on the list with Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina. But based on everything Tatum has said leading up to his decision, counting SLU in with the other three heavyweights was not just a token inclusion.

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