June 1, 2008
It’s been thought for some time that Lance Stephenson [6’5″, SG, 2009] was no longer considering the Tar Heels, and now it’s been confirmed. His list is down to UCLA, USC and Kansas.
Kenny Boynton photos
Blue Devil Nation has some new photos of PG target Kenny Boynton [6’2″, PG, 2009].
Brandon Knight ACC interest
Brandon Knight [6’3″, PG, 2010] now has interest from Duke, Clemson and Miami.
J.T. Terrell ACC interest
J.T. Terrell [6’3″, SG, 2010] has offers from Wake Forest, Miami and Virginia.
Pangos All-American Camp
Meanwhile, several top players are in California for the Pangos All-American Camp.
May 21, 2008
The 2008 recruiting period is not over, and yesterday UNC signed Justin Watt (SG, 6’5″) out of Durham (reported by Scout.com). Watt is a four-year player who will probably help shore up the deficit left by Wayne Ellington.
Watts is listed as a forward by most sites, but his ballhandling is strong and he can slash to the basket. I would assume that would make him more of a Marcus Ginyard type player than an Ellington player, but I have not seen enough of him to really make that assessment. Time to tap my buddy’s player database again, I think.
May 17, 2008
John Wall now #1
Rival.com has updated their 2009 rankings and now has NC State target John Wall (6’3″, PG) as their #1 overall player.
Xavier Henry drops UNC
In a move that surprises no one, Xavier Henry (6’6″, SG), has dropped UNC from his list of considered schools. UNC has focused for a while on Nolan Dennis (6’5″, SG), and they already have Dexter Strickland(6’3″, PG\SG), so it’s probably more an attempt to load up at positions. The other thing I notice about the SG recruiting is that it seems like the top three for every one of these players is UNC, Kansas and Memphis.
One name I’ve not yet mentioned is Lorenzo Brown (6’5″, SG), a guy who seems to be leaning toward NC State. I’m going to have more on Brown in the near future.
May 6, 2008
With some players at UNC “testing the waters” about going pro, and with the bevy of big men that UNC is bringing in for 2008 and 2009, CarolinaBBall points out that the Tar Heels are almost exclusively recruiting wings at this point.
2008 Recruiting Class Rankings
Zagsblog has posted the list of top 2008 Recruiting Classes rankings as defined by Hoop Scoop. The only ACC school to make the list is Florida State at #9.
John Wall & Daniel Orton
NewsOK.com (Oklahoma) is reporting that new OSU head coach Travis Ford is actively recruiting Daniel Orton (6’9″, C) and John Wall (6’3″,PG), two ACC prospects.
April 13, 2008
Everybody’s #1, 6’8″ PF/C Derrick Favors of the 2009 class is featured in this video interview. He comes across as a very grounded young man, mentioning his defense and rebounding more than anything else.
As of this writing, the ACC schools pursuing Favors are reportedly Duke, Clemson, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and North Carolina State.