Vegas Bigs On Tar Heel Radar

LONG BEACH, Calif. --- Las Vegas is home to two of the top centers in the class of 2015 and the UNC coaching staff plans to keep an eye on both of them going forward.

Stephen Zimmerman stands 6-11 and is ranked as the top prospect in his class, while Chase Jeter comes in at 6-9 and is ranked in the Top 30. Both play for Bishop Gorman High School – where they've won back-to-back state championships, and the Dream Vision AAU program. This past weekend the pair of big men also suited up together for the same team at Adidas Nations.

During the second July live period, Zimmerman and Jeter's Dream Vision team played in Milwaukee, Wis. where UNC head coach Roy Williams and assistant coach C.B. McGrath took in multiple viewings. Both big men were tracked the following weekend by the UNC staff at the Adidas Super 64 in their hometown of Las Vegas.

Stephen Zimmerman

At 6-11 the left-handed Zimmerman runs the floor with ease and possesses a soft touch on his jump shot out to 18 feet.

"Being able to move, as big as I am, is one of my strengths. Also, my shooting ability is pretty good too," said Zimmerman.

Despite weighing 215 pounds, Zimmerman is not afraid to bang down low and sometimes even embraces physical play despite his slight build. In the post he can hit jump hooks and also fade-away shots from 12 feet and in. He passes the ball at an elite level from the high post and can also handle the ball in transition.

In six games at the Adidas Nations tournament, Zimmerman averaged 8.3 points and 4.7 rebounds while shooting 53 percent from the floor. His versatility was on display as he attacked the boards and hit jump shots from all areas of the court. At one point he also unleashed a vicious left handed dunk over a defender on a fast break.

"It's different playing 17U and then playing against all these all-stars," Zimmerman said. "They had more experience than us and they were doing all the little things."

Zimmerman will continue to gain experience but he also wants to work on his aggressiveness and consistency all while adding strength to his frame.

He currently holds offers from a long list of schools including all of the major PAC-12 schools, Kentucky, Kansas, Indiana, Louisville, and UConn among others.

Zimmerman indicated that he hadn't thought much about taking visits in the future but that a potential UNC scholarship offer was on his mind.

"The UNC staff said I was playing good and they've been in contact with my parents and AAU coach. I'm going to see how everything goes, but they are a great school to get looked at by," Zimmerman said. "If they aren't an option on my list, I would say that I have a problem."

Chase Jeter

Upon first seeing Jeter, UNC fans might recall Brandan Wright's similar long and lanky body type. During AAU play Jeter operated primarily out of the low block in his team's high-low offense and relied on his go to move: a quick right-handed hook over the left shoulder. While he has solid post moves he can also put the ball on the floor in order to make a quick move to the basket utilizing one or two dribbles. Jeter can run the floor and the accuracy on his jump shot is getting better.

Jeter has added weight to his frame over the summer but he admits that he has a ways to go.

"Strength - that's the main area of focus for me, just continuing to train and get stronger and better every day," Jeter said.

In the Adidas Nations, Jeter struggled at times going against the older competition but showcased his potential with a 10-point, 5-rebound performance against the Russian team. In a quick second half stretch, Jeter scored on a dunk down low and followed that up with a jump hook and a 15 foot jumper at the top of the key. He also grabbed two defensive rebounds and added in a block in this run as he helped spur a USA comeback.

When asked about the UNC interest level, Jeter said "I'm definitely interested. I saw Coach Williams at one of my games, but the staff has mainly talked to my AAU coach."

"I'm going to start taking visits this upcoming year," he noted. "Any visits I'll take will be unofficial and I don't know what schools will get the visits yet. I just want to make sure that the schools are interested in me and that I'm interested in them."

Jeter currently holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State, BC, Cal, Missouri, Oregon State, UCLA, USC, and UNLV.

Perry Dozier

This past week junior guard Dozier received a scholarship offer from UNC. Despite suffering a knee injury during the first half of his game on Saturday night that would end his play at Adidas Nations, the combo guard's face lit up when asked about the most recent offer.

"I was really happy when I got the offer," Dozier said. "I'm going to see what other schools can roll in at the last minute, but I'll be narrowing my list pretty soon."

Throughout the spring and summer, Dozier played on the 17U Upward Stars AAU team.

"Playing 17U has definitely matured my game. I've never really played with my age group, but playing with the older kids has definitely helped a lot," Dozier noted.

Malik Newman

Newman is one of the best, if not the best, scorer in high school basketball. The 2015 combo guard stood out at the Adidas Nations even when he wasn't playing at his normal high level. Playing with a hip injury on Saturday night, Newman didn't look like his normal self. He didn't look to attack the basket and struggled from the field. Despite the struggles, Newman unleashed his sixth three attempt of the game and this one found the bottom of the net for the first time while he also got the foul call. He completed the four point play and propelled his team to a 60-56 victory.

Newman is hearing from all of the top schools in the country including Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, Louisville, and North Carolina.

"I talk with Coach Hubert (Davis) almost every other day," Newman said of his UNC recruitment. "I've been building up a pretty good relationship with him, but I'm just trying to take the recruiting process slowly."

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