Current Date: Sat, 08 Mar 2014 22:23:02 -0500
BLACKMON NO LONGER CONSIDERING TAR HEELS
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.
The 6-foot-4 sharpshooter tweeted a picture of the five schools he was still considering (see below), adding that his decision would be “coming soon.” Unsurprisingly, UNC was left off that top five list, which included Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan and Michigan State.
The Decision coming soon…🙏🏀 pic.twitter.com/JFKfu7OrCd— James Blackmon Jr. (@JBlackmon2) October 2, 2013
Previously committed to Indiana, Blackmon de-committed in early August and received a scholarship offer from Roy Williams on September 9th. The senior is considered a strong Kentucky lean, especially considering that his father — James Blackmon, Sr. — played for the Wildcats from 1983-87.
VAUGHN TO VISIT UNLV
Rashad Vaughn — the nation’s top-ranked shooting guard in the class of 2014 — will be taking an official visit to UNLV from November 25-26th, according to a text message from his mentor and high school coach, Pete Kaffey.
Vaughn (Findlay Prep; New Hope, Minn.) was offered by UNC in February and was originally scheduled to visit Chapel Hill officially from September 27-29th, but postponed that visit.
As for why Vaughn postponed his official visit, Kaffey told The Daily Tar Heel that the 6-foot-5 guard “wanted [his] parents to watch a basketball game” and that a visit would be rescheduled for some time during the Tar Heels’ season. The visit still has not been rescheduled.
Vaughn now has three of his five allowed official visits accounted for, as he will take trips to Baylor (October 18th) and Iowa State (November 17th) to go along with the UNLV visit.
Vaughn’s list of potential schools was officially cut to seven last week, as he is still considering offers from UNC, Arizona, Minnesota, Iowa State, UNLV, Baylor, and Kansas.
If Vaughn does indeed reschedule his UNC official visit, expect the Tar Heels to get a visit in December or January. Kansas and Minnesota seem to be the most likely schools to host Vaughn for fifth and final official visit.
With the 2014 recruiting picture becoming clearer as the season approaches, be sure to check out DTH’s Men’s Basketball 2014 Recruiting Guide for information on the Tar Heels’ commitments, along with current and past targets.
Be on the lookout for a similar 2015 Recruiting Guide in the coming days.
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