UNC Hosting Big Hoops Recruits

It's the biggest game of the year at the Smith Center, so it's no surprise that UNC will be hosting some important basketball recruits for its Saturday night showdown against Duke.

Through its sources, Inside Carolina has confirmed the following visitors. Premium members can visit the premium forum for any last-minute additions to the recruit list, as well as confirming arrivals and post-visit interviews ...

Tony Bradley: Each year since the NCAA allowed prospects to take official visits beginning on Jan. 1 of their junior seasons, North Carolina has taken advantage of the rule. In the class of 2014, UNC freshman Justin Jackson and Joel Berry took their official visits as juniors and committed shortly thereafter. In the class of 2015, Brandon Ingram followed suit and UNC remains in his final group.

Bradley, a 6-10, 230-pound center from Bartow (Fla.), will be UNC’s first official visitor in the class of 2016. Ranked the No. 37 overall player in the junior class, Bradley, who has a 7-4 wingspan, received a scholarship offer from Roy Williams and the Tar Heels in December. He first came onto UNC’s radar during the Adidas Unrivaled camp in July. Bradley also holds offers from Florida, Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Miami, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Tennessee and Cal, among others. Saturday’s trip will be his first official visit, and his first game in the Smith Center.


Matt Coleman: Nearly two months after his first visit to Chapel Hill – a thrilling Tar Heel win over Louisville – Matt Coleman will return on Saturday. Coleman’s a 6-foot-1 lefty, who Scout’s Rob Harrington calls “an excellent passer” who loves to knife into the paint and hit a teammate for a dunk. A sophomore at Norfolk (Va.) Maury High School, Coleman is ranked No. 17 in the 2017 class and was named the Atlantic Conference Player of the Year for the second-consecutive season.

Coleman already holds offers from Virginia, VCU, Virginia Tech, UConn, Memphis and Cincinnati. He’s also receiving interest from Notre Dame, Syracuse and Ohio State. Coleman has taken multiple trips to in-state schools Virginia and VCU, and now UNC.


Jalek Felton: Ranked No. 6 overall in the class of 2017, Felton is currently UNC’s highest-ranked commitment since James Michael McAdoo in 2011. He’s UNC’s highest-ranked point guard commitment since Ty Lawson was the No. 5 overall player, and top-ranked point guard, in the class of 2006.

Felton has attended several UNC games this season after committing to Roy Williams in late December. During his sophomore season, the Mullins (S.C.) native had two triple-doubles, scored 30 or more points 10 times, including a career-high 51 against Myrtle Beach at the Beach Ball Classic, two days before committing to the Tar Heels. He was named to the South Carolina 2A All-State team and was selected as the South Carolina Region 8 2-A player of the year.


Harry Giles: There’s no better player in the class of 2016 than Harry Giles. A 6-foot-10, 210-pound face-up forward, Giles, ranked No. 1 overall in his class, is a Winston-Salem native who is being recruited heavily by Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, North Carolina and Wake Forest. This will be Giles’s eighth trip to the Smith Center in the last two years. He’s attended two games each of the last two seasons as well as Late Night 2013 and 2014, and was on hand for UNC’s one-point win over Louisville on Jan. 10.

The last time UNC signed Scout’s No. 1 overall player was 2010, when Harrison Barnes picked the Tar Heels. Carolina freshman Theo Pinson is his friend and former teammate at High Point (N.C.) Wesleyan Christian Academy.


V.J. King: Though he goes to school at Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI., V.J. King is intimately familiar with North Carolina, and it’s rivalry with Duke. King grew up in the Charlotte area (and played varsity basketball as an eighth grader), before moving to Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent St. Mary – the same school that produced LeBron James.

UNC hasn't been heavily involved, though Roy Williams saw him at the City of Palms event in December. To date, King, a 6-6 wing, has taken unofficial visits to Connecticut, North Carolina State and Ohio State. In addition to UNC, he said he planned to take trips to Louisville, Kentucky and Florida this spring. The No. 12 overall player in the class of 2016 is a talented scorer with range.


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 had a standout senior season. He averaged a double-double, with 21 points and 14 rebounds per game, and shot 43 percent from beyond the arc.


Brandon Robinson – Many times in recruiting history, coaches have been on-hand to scout one prospect and end up noticing another. Such is the case of Brandon Robinson, who Roy Williams saw in February while watching Jaylen Brown, the No. 1 player in the class of 2015.

A 6-foot-5 wing from Douglasville (Ga.) Douglas County, Saturday’s game will be Robinson’s first unofficial trip to UNC. Robinson holds scholarship offers from Florida State, Clemson, Auburn, Alabama, Texas Tech, Maryland, Georgia, Georgia Tech, George Mason and Tulsa. He’ll play on the Nike EYBL circuit this summer with the Georgia Stars.


Dennis Smith: Saturday’s game will be Smith's eighth trip to the Smith Center in the last 15 months. He attended UNC’s win over Kentucky during the 2013-14 season, an afternoon of pickup ball in the summer of 2015, and Late Night with Roy and UNC’s preseason opener against Fayetteville State this season. He was also at UNC’s wins over Louisville, Syracuse and Georgia Tech.

The 6-foot-2 super athlete is the No. 2 point guard in the class of 2016 and the No. 6 overall player. He lists offers from Duke, Ohio State, Arizona, Kansas, UNC, Wake Forest, N.C. State, VCU and Miami.



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