Two Top Recruits May Not Play at UNC

May 15, 2010

It’s no secret that the North Carolina Tar Heels need post players.

Given the scramble for remaining 2010 post players that has erupted over the past few weeks, any option of a viable big man will be something the UNC staff will consider. While names like Kadeem Jack (C, 6’9″, 2010) have suddenly become common to UNC fans, two players that UNC wanted to consider will not be available.

Bill Cole of the Winston-Salem Journal reports that Marcus Thornton, a 6’7″ power forward who originally committed to Clemson, and Kevin Noreen, a 6’11’ PF/C who committed to Boston College, both signed national letters of intent Last November with their original ACC commitments. In both cases, coaching changes are the reason the players were granted a release. The ACC has compliance issues with players who transfer from or are committed to ACC schools, going to another ACC school.

UNC has contacted the high school coaches of both players.

The rule is that transfers from one ACC school to another will lose a full year of eligibility. That means that if either player chose to play at UNC, they’d have to sit out a year, but going to any non-ACC school would mean they could play right away and keep their four years of eligibility.

This also affects Georgia Tech and Virginia, both of whom have extended scholarship offers to Thornton.

ACC schools can appeal the ruling, but in recent cases, the ACC hasn’t allowed a deviation regardless of whether the player has actually played for the school or not.


UNC Recruit Harrison Barnes is POY

March 21, 2010

North Carolina Tar Heel basketball recruit Harrison Barnes (SF, 6’8″, 2010) has been named the Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year for the second straight season. Considered by many to be both the top high school player in the nation for the class of 2010 and also a candidate to only play one year in college, Barnes is racking up the awards and will soon be playing in the McDonald’s All American game and Jordan Brand Classic.

Barnes is also the choice for the Iowa Newspaper Association’s “Mr. Basketball” in the state of Iowa:

The INA also named Ames senior Harrison Barnes as its “Mr. Basketball” choice for 2010.
Barnes, a 6-8 forward who finished his high school career as Ames’ leading scorer with 1,787 points, will play college basketball for Roy Williams at the University of North Carolina.


John Henson is No.1 in the Lone Star State

June 12, 2008

HS Game Time is a Dallas/Ft. Worth centric blog and has listed the Top 10 area basketball players for 2009 and 2010.

Not surprisingly, UNC commit John Henson (6’10”, SF, 2009) is ranked number 1.

CP3 Elite Camp

The Winston-Salem Chronicle has a great write up on the CP3 camp that was held in Winston-Salem last weekend.


Leslie McDonald signs with UNC

June 10, 2008

North Carolina added to an already loaded 2009 class on Monday by getting a commitment from Leslie McDonald (6’4″, SG, 2009). I didn’t even get a chance to post about McDonald. UNC was competing with Duke, Georgetown and Tennesee.

McDonald hails from Tennesee and going into a visit at UNC this weekend, had not named a clear leader.

Remember, my offer of signing up for email updates and meeting Magic Johnson is still valid.