Recruits' Late Night Takeaways

Volleyball, dancing, Top 10 lists, bright lights… and even more dancing. North Carolina's season-opening event, "Late Night with Roy," isn't like most schools' and that's fine, according to some of the top high school players in the country.

Roy Williams and the Tar Heels hosted five members of's Ultimate 100 – sophomores Harry Giles and Edrice Adebayo and seniors Justin Jackson, Theo Pinson and Joel Berry.

In addition, 2015 forward and Kinston native Brandon Ingram, 2016 wing Shaun Kirk and 2017 guard Jalek Felton were also in attendance.

"The skits and stuff were cool and I enjoyed it," said Giles, the No. 1 overall player in the class of 2016.

It was Giles's first trip to "Late Night" at UNC, but his third unofficial visit to Chapel Hill since February. He attended UNC's win over Virginia in February and its loss to Duke in March.

Berry, Jackson
For "Late Night" recruits arrived at varying times - from as early as hours before the event for Jackson, Pinson and Berry – to just as it began for Ingram and Adebayo.

"I loved the dances and the environment out there," said Ingram, the state's top-ranked player in the class of 2015. "I love the fans like they love me. I signed a few autographs even though I couldn't get them all."

With prime seating behind the scorer's table, they were able to see first-hand the excitement surrounding the event.

"Just to see the players have fun off the court was really funny," said Jackson. "The atmosphere was amazing. The fans are the best and the whole arena was just loud and having fun."

Said Kirk, a native of Whiteville, N.C.: "It was just a great feeling for me."

The players wouldn't say if they had a favorite skit, but they mentioned enjoying watching Sean May present a highlight video that celebrated Williams's 10 years at UNC. The video included cameos from former UNC players Bobby Frasor, Marvin Williams and Tyler Hansbrough.

Giles, Pinson
During Carolina's 20-minute intrasquad scrimmage, both Giles and Jackson said they watched from a specific perspective.

"I really watched everybody and I like Nate Britt, Isaiah Hicks and Kennedy Meeks," said Giles. "They all impressed me coming in as freshman playing well. And P.J. (Hairston) I always like him."

Added Jackson: "It was good to see the scrimmage. I was watching the entire game but of course I paid attention to my position, so P.J. (Hairston), J.P. (Tokoto) and Leslie (McDonald). I liked P.J. and the way he played."

With Giles, Ingram and Pinson in attendance, and Hicks on the Tar Heels' roster, the top players in the state of North Carolina from the 2013-16 classes were all in the Smith Center.

"I saw a lot of things in the scrimmage, like Kennedy and Joel going at it," Ingram explained. "I love the way Kennedy is working and I kind of pictured myself on the floor, like any other school."

Pinson, Berry and Jackson, who will enroll at UNC in June, spent the weekend in Chapel Hill together, hanging with the current players and taking in practice.

"I enjoyed myself," said Pinson. "It was fun hanging out with the guys."

Jackson, who attended "Late Night" as a junior in 2012, said the weekend helped him build a tighter bond with his future teammates.

"It's always fun to hang with Joel and Theo," he said. "And I'm becoming more and more comfortable with the team."

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