North Carolina Rankings Breakdown
At this point North Carolina has yet to secure a commitment in the class of 2015. The Tar Heels however are seriously involved with some of top prospects in the country. Here is a look at where they stand after the most recent rankings update. Currently the highest rated target for the Tar Heels is Skal Labissiere. Labissiere started his epic ascent up the charts at the Reebok Breakout Camp, and then continued it the rest of July. Labissiere found himself in contention for the No. 1 overall ranking, but ultimately he landed at No. 3, up from No. 10 at the last update. Labissiere combines good size and length with excellent athleticism and the skill to play inside or out. He needs to continue to get stronger, but his size and athleticism is extremely impressive, and Labissiere’s consistency and toughness are going in the right direction as well. The other top five prospect that UNC is after is Ivan Rabb. Rabb fell to No. 5 from No. 3 due to a somewhat disappointing summer. Still Rabb is a legit 6-foot-10, has long arms, and a solid scoring touch. His summer didn’t match his high school performance and that is why he fell a few spots, though he remains an elite prospect in this class. UNC is also after two other five-star prospects in Stephen Zimmerman and Brandon Ingram. Ingram went up from No. 26 to No. 25, but it was decided that he is worthy of five-star status. Ingram has good size on the wing with one of the most advanced offensive games in the class. His performance at the adidas Unrivaled Camp really set the stage for him to vault to five-star status. Zimmerman actually fell a few spots from No. 8 to No. 14. Still a five-star prospect, Zimmerman is someone who had a somewhat inconsistent summer. He still runs the floor well, has a nice touch out to the mid-range, and is a good passer, but he needs to develop physically and be more consistent with his game, hence his fall from the top 10. Making a jump up was Perry Dozier. Dozier went from No. 50 to No. 32. At the NBPA Top 100 Camp he showed some very good skill, and continued it through July. Dozier is one of the best passers for the class and has as good a feel for the game as anybody. His athleticism is still in question, but overall Dozier’s game led to a bump in the rankings. Finally there is Kenny Williams. Williams was the No. 95 player coming into July, but he is now unranked and viewed as a three-star player. There is no question that Williams is a good player and an excellent shooter, but he is also fairly one dimensional offensively and lacks the athleticism and size to impact the game in a big way on defense. Still he is an excellent shooter, and that is the premier skill a basketball player can have. Overall UNC is in a solid position for a very good recruiting class, they just have to close the deal on some of their top prospects.
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