AAU Team: Team Felton (Under Armour)
AAU Stats (2016): 16 G, 20ppg, 3rpg, 5apg, 4topg, 2spg, 55% FG, 85% FT, 33% 3FG
AAU Stats (2015): 12 G, 10ppg, 4rpg, 3apg, 53% FG, 77% FT, 29% 3FG
Rankings History: Trending Even (Most Recent: 6, 14, 22, 25, 27, 28)
Felton’s explosive scoring ability has made him one of the marquee players in the 2017 class. He’s tremendously creative as a ballhander and shot-creator, able to knock in threes, bury mid-range jumpers on the move or score above the rim. He’s also one of the most gifted passers in the country and simply needs to get stronger and improve his decision-making to take the next step.
Nephew of former Tar Heel star and long-time NBA veteran Raymond Felton
Committed initially in Dec. 2014, then reaffirmed nine months later.
Played three years at Mullins (S.C.) High
12/23/16: Felton has enjoyed some huge scoring outings so far this season as he approaches the end of his high school career.
AAU Team: Albany City Rocks (Nike)
AAU Stats (2016): 19 G, 12ppg, 4rpg, 2spg, 45% FG, 78% FT, 39% 3FG
AAU Stats (2015): 23 G, 13ppg, 4rpg, 38% FG, 78% FT, 31% 3FG
Rankings History: Trending Even (Most Recent: UR, UR, UR, UR)
Platek has established himself as one of the very best three-point shooters in the 2017 class. Albeit not a great athlete capable of creating one-on-one, he projects as a designated long-range ace who can stretch defenses and provide four years of perimeter marksmanship. He's also a canny defender and playmaker who contributes in other areas as well.
Very high academics, held offers and interest from Stanford and Ivy League programs
Hails originally from Upstate New York
First attracted interest from Roy Williams at the 2015 Peach Jam
12/23/16: Platek hasn't shot well consistently this season but has contributed in multiple other areas.
AAU Team: Team Loaded NC (Adidas)
AAU Stats (2016): 7 G, 9ppg, 6rpg, 61% FG, 64% FT
Rankings History: Trending Up Even (Most Recent: UR, UR, UR, UR)
Initially a pure defender who brought little to the court in terms of offense, Huffman has improved markedly in all facets of his game. He still likely will need several years to develop into a reliable scorer, but he possesses good mobility, a very solid frame and the attitude to try to dunk everything at the rim.
Grew up the son of a military father and began his high school career in Alaska
Teamed with 2018 UNC commit Rechon Black on the 2016 travel circuit and drew numerous viewings from Roy Williams
Obtained easily more than a dozen major conference offers
12/23/16: Huffman's scoring has been uneven this season, but overall his play has improved significantly from a year ago and he's certainly a dedicated competitor.
AAU Team: Indiana Elite (Adidas)
AAU Stats (2016): Injured
Rankings History: Trending Even (Most Recent: NR, NR, NR, NR)
Manley is something of a mystery man to national scouts. The big man had demonstrated real potential his junior season, but a severely broken leg — he had to be stretchered out of the gym — ended his hopes of impressing on the 2016 travel circuit. Once again healthy and ready for his senior year, Manley has drawn a surge of major recruiting interest.
Piqued the curiosity of the UNC coaching staff after they received a tip from the UNC women’s program
Played for the same AAU program that produced former Tar Heel Tyler Zeller
Also held offers from Pittsburgh (where his father is from), Xavier, West Virginia, Purdue, Nebraska and others
12/23/16: Manley has returned to action after suffering a broken leg last spring, and reports are that he has grown into a true center since that time.
2017 Priority Targets
AAU Team: E1T1 (Nike)
AAU Stats (2016): 21 G, 19ppg, 8rpg, 50% FG, 71% FT, 28% 3FG
AAU Stats (2015): 23 G, 9ppg, 5rpg, 55% FG, 69% FT, 3-10 3FG
Rankings History: Trending Even (Most Recent: 10, 6, 6, 7)
Key Dates: Offered 12/5/15
Following in a long tradition of Roy Williams-pursued forwards, Knox is a tremendously mobile and springy athlete who fills a variety of roles as an athlete, scorer and defender. He played up in age during the 2015 travel season and impressed with his maturity and confidence. Knox continues to improve offensively and will be one to watch very closely going forward.
Teamed with 2016 signee Tony Bradley during the 2015 travel season
His father, also named Kevin, was a wide receiver for FSU in the mid-90s
Also obtained offers from FSU, Duke, Florida, Maryland and many others
12/23/16: Knox will take his official visit to UNC the weekend of Feb. 4-6. That trip will be his final of four visits. He also is now down to those four schools: UNC, Duke, Florida State and Kentucky, which now appears fully stocked at hybrid forward. He previously hosted Roy Williams for an in-home visit.
Former UNC Targets
Mohamed Bamba (No. 2)
Wendell Carter (No. 4) — Duke
P.J. Washington (No. 14) — Kentucky
Jarred Vanderbilt (No. 15) — Kentucky
Kris Wilkes (No. 17) — UCLA
Jeremiah Tilmon (No. 19) — Illinois
Nick Weatherspoon (No. 26) — Mississippi State
Brandon Randolph (No. 38)— Arizona
Garrison Brooks (NR) — Mississippi State
Isaiah Stokes (NR) — Florida
AAU Team: Team Loaded (Adidas)
AAU Stats (2016): 13 G, 9ppg, 5rpg, 3apg, 41% FG, 71% FT, 38% 3FG
Rankings History: Trending Down Slightly (Most Recent: UR, 28, 31, 56, 57)
Within the 2018 class, very few prospects can match Black in terms of size-skill ratio. Black is a jumbo combo guard at 6-7 who possesses excellent dribbling and passing skills at that size. He’s very thin and needs to improve as a scorer, but he has shown progress in all areas and is becoming more athletic week by week. He's certainly one of the state's best prospects in any class.
Grew three inches over several months during the 2015 spring
His mother, Carla, is the principal at Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College High School
Changed from CP3 (Nike) to Team Loaded for the 2016 travel season
9/10/16: Black is taking his game to Montverde Academy in Florida this year to learn under hard-driving taskmaster Kevin Boyle, and so far he's adjusting well.
AAU Team: CP3 (Nike)
Rankings History: Trending Even (Most Recent: UR, UR, UR, UR, 68)
Few players on the 16-under circuit impressed as much as Coby White in terms of scoring. A slender guard with a slightly herky-jerky game, White unleashes long bombs to stretch defenses and changes speeds with his dribble to create driving opportunities. He’s also a fine handler and passer with a solid frame to build upon for the college level.
Averaged 28 points, eight rebounds and seven assists per game as a sophomore
Has grown four inches since his freshman year
Became UNC’s fourth in-state offer to a 2018 prospect and teams with offered 2019 wing Wendell Moore for CP3
12/23/16: White continues to establish himself as one of the state's most prolific scoring threats.
2018 Priority Targets
AAU Team: Game Elite (Adidas)
AAU Stats (2016): 8 G, 19ppg, 9rpg, 73% FG, 65% FT
Rankings History: Trending Up Significantly (Most Recent: UR, UR, 15, 4, 2)
Key Dates: Offered 7/25/16
Williamson has emerged as a sensation in the 2018 class. Despite having a thicker frame and a slight waddle to his gait, he’s actually quite explosive as an interior finisher and rebounder. The southpaw also scores through traffic thanks to his strength and soft touch. Moreover, his nimble feet on drives set him apart from other hybrid forwards.
Won co-MVP award as a rising junior — and 15-year-old — at the 2016 NBPA Top 100 Camp
Averaged 28 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks per game as a sophomore at Spartanburg
Became UNC’s fifth offer to a 2018 prospect and first from outside N.C.
12/23/16: Williamson has been absolutely incredible this season and remains the top priority going forward.
AAU Team: Eric Gordon All-Stars (Adidas)
AAU Stats (2016): 11 G, 21ppg, 8rpg, 56% FG, 76% FT, 31% 3FG
Rankings History: Trending Even (Most Recent: 24, 4, 3, 2, 3)
Key Dates: Offered 8/9/16
Langford entered the 2016 travel season considered a top-five national prospect and emerged as one as well. He’s a fantastic scorer who shoots accurately, drives with top-shelf body control, handles, passes and just generally knows how to play. He projects as a potential freshman impact player and likely one and done NBA draft entrant.
Led New Albany to 4A state championship as a sophomore, averaging over 30 points per game
His father, Tim, hails originally from Georgia
Also has picked up offers from Kentucky, Duke and Kansas
12/23/16: Langford visited UNC in the fall and although the Tar Heels remain underdogs, they're hanging in.
AAU Team: Team Loaded (Adidas)
AAU Stats (2016): 13 G, 11ppg, 4rpg, 43% FG, 49% FT, 35% 3FG
Rankings History: Trending Down Slightly (Most Recent: UR, 29, 30, 31, 40)
Key Dates: Offered 1/30/16
Hamilton is a powerhouse swingman who loves to utilize his strong shoulders to bull his way to the basket. He also handles and passes very well for the wing and elevates nicely on his jump shot, although that's an area he'll need to become more consistent. Overall, his ability to contribute in multiple areas — and his energetic, competitive style — have endeared him both to regional and national observers.
Outstanding student with nearly a 4.0 GPA
His father, now a pastor, played for DePaul
Has the height and body type of a young Harrison Barnes
12/23/16: Hamilton and UNC haven't been linked as closely the past few months, but he performed in scintillating fashion at this week's Chick-Fil-A Classic while Roy Williams was on hand.
Other UNC Interest
Former UNC Offers
2019 Priority Targets
AAU Team: D1 Minnesota (Adidas)
AAU Stats (2016): 8 G, 13ppg, 7rpg, 48% FG, 78% FT, 32% 3FG
Rankings History: Trending Up Significantly (Most Recent: 8)
Key Dates: Offered 7/26/26
Hurt possesses excellent size and skills for a young player. He’s an outstanding jump shooter with easy three-point range, a coordinated ballhandler and a fine passer. Hurt also is highly mobile and frequently sprints ahead of defenders for dunks. As he gains strength, he should improve his defense and traffic finishing as well. He’s a big-time prospect in the 2019 class.
Younger brother of Minnesota freshman Michael Hurt
On pace to play three years against 17-under travel team competition
First caught Roy Williams’ eye in April, 2016
9/21/16: Roy Williams stopped by this week to observe Hurt during the fall period.
AAU Team: CP3 (Nike)
Key Dates: Offered 2/20/16
Albeit only a sophomore, Moore quickly has established himself as one of the top prospects within North Carolina. Blessed with athleticism, skill, intelligence and the body type to mature into a powerhouse, it's no surprise he has become a top priority for the Tar Heels.
One of Roy Williams' earliest ever offers to UNC
Will graduate from high school at 17-years-old
Plays for the same travel team that produced Reggie Bullock and Theo Pinson
12/23/16: After a disappointing summer, Moore impressed at USA Basketball this fall and so far this season has appeared to be a vastly improved performer. UNC has worked very hard to establish a relationship and may be the early frontrunner.
AAU Team: Georgia Stars (Nike)
Key Dates: Offered 1/6/17
After a promising campaign his freshman year, Nickelberry made a significant leap in time for his sophomore season. Taller and stronger, he improved his ballhandling skills and began to attack the rim aggressively. Meanwhile, he remains one of North Carolina's best jump shooters and projects as a potential force from distance at the college level. He presently projects as a combo guard and could play on or off the ball.
Has made several unofficial visits to UNC
His father, Gerald, played linebacker for Northern Illinois in the early 1990s
Played for an Adidas-backed program in 2016 and is changing to Nike for 2017
1/6/17: After receiving a viewing from Roy Williams this week, Nickelberry became one of UNC's youngest offers in the Williams era.
Other UNC Interest
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