2015 Rankings Breakdown: North Carolina

For the first time since the end of the summer the class of 2015 rankings were updated. As would be expected there was a lot of movement up and down. Here is a look at what happened with North Carolina targets.

The Tar Heels as usual are targeting many of the top players in the class of 2015. From a local perspective, North Carolina has offers out to Brandon Ingram and P.J. Dozier. Dozier hasn't played this season due to injury, and because of that his ranking went largely unchanged. Due to shuffling he fell from No. 51 to No. 57, but that is simply due to shuffling around him, obviously without him playing there has been no change in him as a prospect.

Ingram on the other hand was a very interesting discussion. He went up from No. 41 to No. 40, but it wasn't without some protest. Ingram was a bit divisive in that some wanted him much higher and others wanted him to stay in the same range. Clearly he was kept in the same range, though now he is listed at the power forward position as he has grown bigger and stronger in the last year. Ingram is one who will have a lot of eyes on him going forward.

UNC is of course after some of the elite five-star prospects, and the only major move of note was Ivan Rabb moving up from No. 4 to No. 1. There isn't a clear cut No. 1 in this class, but Rabb we felt has had the best season and provides the best combination of potential and production in this class with his athleticism, strength, rebounding, toughness, and ability to score down low.

All of the other five-star targets such as Chase Jeter, Luke Kennard, Malik Newman, Stephen Zimmerman, and Diamond Stone remain within one or two spots of their ranking, so none were subject to much change, and after seeing them we felt all were rated in the right range and didn't change at all in terms of their level as a prospect.

One player on the radar who definitely went up in the rankings was Antonio Blakeney. Blakeney went from the No. 18 shooting guard and No. 70 overall to the No. 9 shooting guard and No. 39 overall. We just felt that Blakeney's ability to put the ball in the basket was so special that he needed to be bumped up from a lower four-star to the high four-star range.

Right now North Carolina is still looking for their first commitment, but they have some key targets that they are putting a lot of effort into, and continue to be high on many elite radars.


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