Elite Recruits Coming Saturday

An elite collection of hoops recruits are expected courtside for UNC’s pivotal ACC matchup with Louisville on Saturday.

Through its sources, Inside Carolina has confirmed the following visitors ...

Jaylen Brown: The No. 1 overall player in the class of 2015 is taking an official visit to North Carolina this weekend. It’s Brown’s first-ever trip to Chapel Hill and will mark the third time in the last six years (Harrison Barnes, Andrew Wiggins) that Scout.com’s top-ranked player has used an official visit at UNC.

The Tar Heels’ courtship of Brown started in late September when UNC assistant Hubert Davis visited Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler High School.

A week later, Roy Williams made an early-morning trip to Marietta to meet with Brown. At the beginning of November, Williams conducted an in-home visit with Brown, who agreed to officially visit UNC. Williams has made two trips since then to watch Brown's games.

Brown's other official visits were to Kentucky, Kansas and UCLA. He’s also considering Georgia, Georgia Tech and Michigan.

At 6-7, 220 pounds, Brown is a physical and athletic wing. His battle with 2016 UNC target Harry Giles (see video) was one of the highlights of the Holiday tournament circuit.

When first asked about UNC’s seemingly late entry into his recruitment, Brown said “North Carolina is a great university and you can’t just knock them off the list ... I always thought of myself as going to North Carolina. It’s a great university. That was my dream school growing up, believe it or not."

Brandon Ingram: This will be an unofficial visit for the Kinston (N.C.) senior, who took his UNC official visit nearly a year ago. Ingram has also taken official trips to Duke, UCLA, Kentucky and Kansas.

Ingram and his family thought he’d be able to make a final decision during the fall signing period, but he’s instead opted to wait until the spring. His primary focus, for now, is on Kinston’s pursuit of its fourth-straight NCHSAA title.

Ingram has made too many Chapel Hill trips to count over the last couple years and the Tar Heel staff has consistently recruited him as a top target, as evidenced by Roy Williams and assistant Steve Robinson’s frequent trips to Kinston, and AAU and HS viewings.

The 6-foot-9 small forward is ranked No. 25 overall in the 2015 class, but could be in for a bump when Scout releases its next batch of rankings.

Luke Maye: The son of former Tar Heel quarterback Mark Maye, Luke is the Tar Heels’ only class of 2015 verbal commitment.

He chose to follow his parents’ legacy in Chapel Hill, over offers from Virginia, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Clemson.

A 6-7 big-man with shooting range out to the three-point line, Maye is quietly having a standout senior season. He’s averaging 22.1 points and 13.7 rebounds per game for Cornelius (N.C.) Hough.

Harry Giles: He is slotted as the No. 2 player in the 2016 class rankings for now, but many scouts regard this in-state superstar as the nation's top overall prospect regardless of class. His dominating performances in several high-profile games and tournaments early this season have only enhanced his reputation.

Giles is a 6-foot-10, 210-pound face-up forward whose on-the-court intensity permeates through whatever building he’s playing in.

Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, North Carolina and Wake Forest are the main figures in the recruiting battle for Giles, which could end up being the fiercest in the state's history.

This will be Giles’s seventh trip to the Smith Center in the last 22 months. He’s attended two games each of the last two seasons as well as Late Night in 2013 and 2014.

Giles and High Point (N.C.) Wesleyan Christian Academy will play the UNC JV team prior to Saturday’s game. Tar Heel freshman Theo Pinson is his friend and former teammate at Wesleyan.

Dennis Smith: Saturday’s game will be Smith's fifth trip to the Smith Center in the last 13 months. He attended a game last season, an afternoon of pickup ball this summer and Late Night with Roy and UNC’s preseason opener against Fayetteville State in October. He's also made many visits to Duke and NC State, and holds national offers as well.

The 6-foot-2 athletic 2016 point guard skyrocketed up the rankings in 2014, as he's now the No. 2 point guard and No. 7 overall player in the 2016 class.

Matt Coleman: One of the surprises of this year’s Boo Williams 17U squad, which features 2016 UNC target Edrice Adebayo, was its young point guard.

A sophomore at Norfolk (Va.) Maury High School, Coleman’s a long 6-foot-1 lefty, who Scout.com’s Rob Harrington calls “an excellent passer” who loves to knife into the paint and hit a teammate for a dunk.

Legendary AAU coach Boo Williams said Coleman reminds him of former UNC point guard Kendall Marshall at the same age (Marshall also played for Williams).

Saturday’s trip will be Coleman’s first to North Carolina. He already holds offers from Virginia, VCU, Virginia Tech, UConn, Memphis and Cincinnati. He’s also receiving interest from Notre Dame, Syracuse and Ohio State.

“I remember watching Ty Lawson and Tyler Hansbrough, that was my first memory of them and ever since then I’ve liked them,” Coleman told Inside Carolina in July. “The guards they produce are good and it’s a big-time ACC school.”


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