Adidas Takes5: UNC Target Report

CINCINNATI --- The July evaluation period got off to a fast start on Friday as college coaches flocked to the Fifth Third Arena on the campus of the University of Cincinnati for the innaugural Adidas "It Takes 5ive Classic." Among those in attendance were North Carolina head coach Roy Williams and assistant Joe Holladay.

Here's a breakdown of the performances by the players that appeared to be getting looks from the staff or mentioned UNC interest.

Derrick Favors - One of the premier players in the class of 2009, the 6-9 Favors was a one-man wrecking crew in the low post. Tangling with recent Arizona commitment Jeff Withey and 2008 stud Zeller, it isn't like he was facing inferior competition either. He blocked shot after shot, spun for dunks and showcased a nifty little left-handed jump hook. He's added some bulk over the past few months and he used it to help push both Withey and Zeller away from the hoop as much as possible. At this point he projects as a center because most of his game is within six feet of the hoop, but he's got the potential to eventually play the four if he can extend his range and start to face up more consistently from 10 feet. No matter how you slice it, he's a big timer.

Tyler Zeller - Speaking of Zeller, the near seven footer from Indiana was terrific in his own right. Two things really stood out while watching him on Friday; his speed from end to end and his superior footwork in the low post. While he's skinny and can be pushed around by rough and tumble types, there's zero lack of fight in his body. On top of everything else he's got great touch to the three-point line and looks to have cemented himself as a McDonald's All-American at this point. There's no change in his recruitment since the recent NBPA Camp and he's expected to cut his list to five sometime at the end of July. According to some sources close to the situation, North Carolina is expected to make the cut.

Chris Singleton - Exactly how much interest North Carolina has in the rising senior power forward is up for debate, but the versatile scorer mentioned UNC when asked for a list of schools. An athletic kid who can face up comfortably to 17 feet, he's one of the best prospects in the class when he's playing with focus and keeps his emotions in check. He can drive by slower big men and overpowers smaller guys in the lane.

Wally Judge - Standing nearly 6-9, Judge is a skilled young (2009) power forward who can get his own offense with ease. He scored on some sweeping hooks through the lane, 12 foot jumpers and by outworking other post men around the hoop. This is a young man who looks to be adding mass and height to his frame in a hurry and he's emerging as a potential Top 25 type in his class. When asked for a list of schools, Judge said he hadn't even made one yet.

Reeves Nelson - When it comes to Nelson, you know exactly what you are going to get. The 6-6 forward is going to play like a man in the lane, he's going to run the floor for dunks and he's going to bludgeon his opponents into submission with his physical style. The question is what position does he play on the next level? As a four he's slightly undersized guy who makes up for his lack of height with explosive leaping and strength. As a three he's not the most laterally quick guy and his ball handling needs to improve. At the end of the day he's just one of those guys you have to throw out there and just trust that he's going to make a positive impact.

Michael Dixon - Here's another class of 2009 guy who looked like he was watched by both Williams and Holladay. A pure point guard, Dixon doesn't miss an open teammate and makes everybody around him better. During his KC Pump ‘N Run 16's game against Wally Judge's DC Assault 16's at 8 a.m., Dixon came through with 23 points and eight assists to engineer a victory over a team with more raw talent and athleticism. He's got an excellent mid range game and really knows how to mix things up by changing speeds but needs to add strength. He already has offers from schools like Baylor, Missouri, Kansas State and Miami and drew a ton of high major head men to watch him on Friday.

Shawn Williams- Hampered by an injured ankle, the 6-6 shooter had an off outing on Friday afternoon while Roy Williams watched on. Known for his deep three point shooting, Williams couldn't generate much lift on his shot and was missing off the front iron. Injury aside, the game was an example of why Williams needs to develop more of an off the dribble game for the times when his jumper isn't falling from deep. A pure scorer, he'll likely bounce back with a big effort on Saturday and continues to mention the Heels.


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