Updates on North Carolina recruiting, mainly focusing on football and basketball.
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.
Despite an exceptional performance from North Carolina signee Theo Pinson, Wesleyan Christian (N.C.) fell to national power Prime Prep (Texas), 68-67, in a thrilling overtime contest on Saturday night as part of the inaugural Under Armour Showcase in Charlotte. Pinson was superb for Wesleyan Christian, scoring 38 points while hauling in 12 rebounds. Future Heels breaks down his game with a comprehensive scouting report.
With the early signing period just over a week away, recruiting classes across the country are being finalized and some of the nation’s top seniors are making their college commitments. The North Carolina men’s basketball team has three players who have made verbal commitments to the program, all of whom are expected to sign a National Letter of Intent in the early period. At the same time, Roy Williams and staff still have their sights set on two uncommitted prospects.
DTH caught up with prized UNC running back commit Elijah Hood, a Charlotte native. Hood talks UNC, his strengths as a player and his thoughts about the Tar Heels’ performance against Miami on Thursday night.
With the 2014 recruiting cycle winding down, Roy Williams and the North Carolina men’s basketball staff has begun to focus more and more on the class of 2015. This primer breaks down the 2015 recruiting outlook for the Tar Heels, detailing which prospects hold offers and other prospects who have been garnering attention from the UNC staff.
With three commitments already locked up for the 2014 class, the North Carolina men’s basketball staff has begun to ramp up their efforts on the 2015 recruiting trail. On Thursday night, Roy Williams extended a scholarship offer to 7-foot center Stephen Zimmerman out of Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.), just a day after Williams had seen Zimmerman work out at Bishop Gorman.
One of the class of 2014’s premier outside shooters and a North Carolina target, James Blackmon, Jr. (Marion; Marion, Ind.) took to Twitter on Thursday evening to give an update on his recruitment. Unsurprisingly, UNC was left off the 6-foot-4 sharpshooter’s list of the final five schools he is considering. Elsewhere on the 2014 recruiting front, 5-star prospect Rashad Vaughn scheduled an official visit to UNLV from November 25-26th. Vaughn still has not rescheduled his official visit to UNC that was postponed, originally scheduled to be last weekend.
This primer breaks down the 2014 recruiting cycle for the North Carolina men’s basketball team. This guide includes a breakdown of the program’s current commitments, information on other prospects holding scholarship offers and remarks on 2014 “misses” – recruiting targets that decided to commit elsewhere.
The North Carolina men’s basketball team will hold its first practice of the 2013-14 season on Friday, but Roy Williams’ staff is still staying active on the recruiting trail.
Rashad Vaughn – a 5-star recruit and the nation’s top-ranked shooting guard in the class of 2014 – has postponed his official visit to UNC, originally scheduled for this weekend. As UNC looks to fill their fourth and final spot of the 2014 recruiting class, Vaughn has emerged as a major target. He is expected to reschedule his official visit for a later date, likely during basketball season.