Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Basketball Recruiting.
Kevin Knox Blog: Winning USA gold, cutting his list, and more
Kevin Knox: I cut my list down to 10 schools last week: Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Duke, Villanova, Miami, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina and Arizona. I’m looking forward to building closer relationships with the coaches and maybe setting up some unofficial visits. I’m not with the package deal stuff, but, of course, I talk to players about what it would be like to play together.
Losing Leaky: Spiders look to adjust after Rechon Black transfers
Rechon Black committed to the Tar Heels in January and since then has been a regular invitee to high-profile national-recruit events. Since late in the 2015-16 season, rumors swirled that Black would be leaving Concord High, and he did not play with the Spiders in team camps this summer. Over the weekend, Black made his exit official, and he picked one of the nation’s best prep programs.
Mohamed Bamba’s mind is as bright as his hoops future
Mohamed Bamba’s smart — there’s a reason that Duke and Harvard (yes, Harvard) are two of the schools that are highest on the list of schools chasing him — smart enough to know what he doesn’t know, including the ins and outs of the NBA salary cap and salary structures. And that’s why Bamba ponied up the money to head to Boston and attend the MIT Sloan Analytics Conference.
Roy Williams Offers Five-Star SF Kris Wilkes
North Carolina is the latest offer for 2017 five-star combo forward Kris Wilkes. 6-7, 190-pounds out of Indianapolis (Ind.) North Central High School, Wilkes is ranked No. 14 in the 247Sports Composite. Wilkes also holds offers from and is strongly considering Michigan and Indiana. UCLA, Washington and Xavier are also considered strong contenders.
Matthew Hurt's stock has exploded
Minnesota coach Richard Pitino will have his hands full trying to keep 6-foot-9 Class of 2019 forward Matthew Hurt at home. Hurt's stock has exploded in recent days, as he's added offers from Louisville, North Carolina, Marquette, Ohio State, UCLA and Oregon since the beginning of July. "I'm really excited seeing my hard work pay off," Hurt told Scout.com.
UNC offers 2019 forward Matthew Hurt
North Carolina made their second offer for the 2019 class, reaching out to rising sophomore forward Matthew Hurt (Rochester, MN/John Marshall Senior). A 6-9 prospect, Hurt now has offers from Florida, Iowa State, Iowa, Minnesota, N.C. State, UCLA, Oregon, Wisconsin, Virginia, and UNC. His older brother, Michael Hurt, is a freshman small forward at Minnesota.
UNC offers 2018 SF Zion Williamson
On Monday evening, UNC offered 2018 five-star small forward Zion Williamson. A player the Tar Heel staff had been tracking for some time, the 6-7, 220-pound Williamson instantly becomes a top target for the 2018 recruiting class. Williamson is ranked as the No. 2 small forward and the No. 6 overall player in the 2018 class per the 247Sports Composite. He visited UNC on June 21st.
UNC Offers 2018 Guard Coby White
Class of 2018 combo guard Coby White (Wilson, NC/Greenfield School) becomes the fourth in-state prospect in the 2018 class to be offered by North Carolina. At 6-3, 170-pounds, White is ranked as the No. 3 combo guard in the class and the No. 79 overall player. Joining 2018 small forward Zion Williamson in receiving a Tar Heel offer on Monday night, White is the fifth UNC offer out for the class.
Point guard Collin Sexton emerging as UNC target
Senior point guard Nate Britt and junior point guard Joel Berry could both leave UNC following the 2016-2017 season, and 2018 point guard commit Rechon Black is still two seasons away from enrolling at Chapel Hill. With that known, it is likely that UNC signs a point guard for the 2017 class. One name is becoming more of an option: Five-star Collin Sexton.
Collin Sexton, Wendell Carter lead Team CP3 to title at The 8 in Las Vegas
The Strip was miles away, but Collin Sexton (UNC offer) and Wendell Carter (UNC offer) put on a Vegas-worthy show, full of sparkle and panache, in Friday’s championship game for The 8 AAU tournament. It’s been a busy summer for 6-foot-3 Sexton, who this month narrowed his possible college choices to 10 schools including Alabama, Kansas, UNC and national champion Villanova.
UNC Commitment Rechon Black Transferring to Top Prep School
On the way home from a campus visit to Montverde (Fla.) Academy earlier this month, Rechon “Leaky” Black had an epiphany. Hours earlier his family sat down with Montverde head coach Kevin Boyle and told him Rechon Black would be playing his final two high school seasons at the national powerhouse. Montverde alums include D’Angelo Russell, Ben Simmons, Luc Mbah A Moute, Dakari Johnson and Kasey Hill.
Five-star forward Jarred Vanderbilt lists UNC in top-9
2017 5-star forward Jarred Vanderbilt has been one of the most sought-after recruits in the country since he was a freshman in high school. The 6-foot-8 native of Houston is beginning to wind things down in the recruiting process as he cut his list to nine schools on Friday: North Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas, Texas, Baylor, Houston, Oregon, Arizona, and TCU,
Top 2019 forward Matthew Hurt pulling in double-digit offers
Small forward Matthew Hurt — a player expected to be in the Top 5 in the 2019 Top247 — has already collected “11 or 12” offers. Hurt rattled off offers from Florida, Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, N.C. State, Nebraska, Oregon, UCLA, Virginia and Wisconsin. He’s also receiving interest from Duke, Kansas, Louisville, North Carolina and “most of the ACC.”
Nick Weatherspoon, Collin Sexton dominate in Las Vegas
Five-star combo guard Collin Sexton continues to be the story of the summer after turning in another scintillating performance, this time in The 8. On the other side of Las Vegas, high-end four-star Nick Weatherspoon (UNC offer) was dominating at the Adidas Summer Championship. Sexton included UNC in his recent top-10 list. Weatherspoon mentioned that Kansas is his newest suitor.
Center Nate Watson Announces Top 7
2017 center Nate Watson released his top seven schools on Tuesday. The 6-8, 220-pound recruit from Maryland is ranked as the No. 11 center and the No. 104 overall player in the class. Watson has 10 offers listed. His top seven include N.C. State, UNC, Wake Forest, Miami, Providence, Maryland, and Kansas. UNC is the only school in his top seven not to have offered yet.