Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
By ALEX KLINE
The past 24 hours have been big for Roy Williams and the North Carolina Tar Heels.
T.J. Warren, a 2012 in-state forward, made his way to Chapel Hill late Thursday night, and Williams made a bold move the day after Warren had visited rival N.C. State.
“UNC just offered me face to face,” he said by text. The ACC powerhouse was not finished though.
Later that night, Jabari Parker’s mother, Folola Finau-Parker, received an important call. “My wife just had a talk with Roy Williams of UNC,” said Sonny Parker, Jabari’s father. “He made an offer to Jabari.”
The No. 1 small forward in the Class of 2013 from Chicago, Parker was previously being courted by Michigan State, Duke, Illinois, Washington and Kansas, with other schools behind. With North Carolina offering, this could restructure the situation and list.
Texas A&M landed a commitment from 2012 guard J-Mychal Reese, while Northwestern added Sanjay Lumpkin, a 2012 wing from Minnesota.
Zach Lamb, a onetime Manhattan signee and the older brother of UConn rising sophomore Jeremy Lamb, is headed to Cal-State Bakersfield.
“I like that I have the opportunity to go in and make a contribution right away, and I like the coach,” he said.
Georgetown hosted Rysheed Jordan, a 2013 point guard from Pennsylvania, for an unofficial visit on Friday. Jordan called the visit “good.” Hoyas coach John Thompson III watched the rising junior play last Sunday at the End of Summer Classic. Jordan is hearing from the Hoyas, St. John’s, Kansas, Pittsburgh, Villanova and more. No visit date has been set to St. John’s.
Noah Vonleh, a 2014 forward from Massachusetts, has seen his recruitment blow up, recently. Georgetown, Auburn, Arizona, Marquette, Florida & UCLA have offered him in the past week to expand his list to 10 scholarships.
Devin Thomas, a 2012 power forward from Pennsylvania, finished his three-day visit spree along the Atlantic coast. Thomas completed visits to James Madison, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. He came out of the trip with a top four of Temple, Marquette, Wake Forest and Penn State with the Demon Deacons and Nittany Lions leading for his services.
USC hosted in-state forwards Stanley Johnson ’14 and Jordan Bell ‘13 for unofficial visits on Friday.
After visiting Louisville on Wednesday, Brannen Greene took an unofficial visit to Alabama. The 2013 forward from Georgia has been offered by both schools.
Indiana hosted 2013 in-state shooting guard RJ Curington for an unofficial visit on Friday. The Hoosiers did not offers, but Curington had a great time. “I absolutely enjoyed it!,” he said. “It was a great experience.”
Seton Hall hosted five 2013 in-state prospects on Friday. Reggie Cameron, Kavon Stewart, Mike Young, Deandre Bembry and Jared Nickens all visited the school. The Pirates have offered each of them a scholarship. The 6-5 Bembry will play at St. Patrick after moving from North Carolina, per Dave Telep.
Greg Senat, a 2013 power forward from New Jersey, added his first three scholarship offers on Friday, according to his coach. Robert Morris, Quinnipiac and James Madison offered Senat.
Northeastern hosted Maurice Watson for his fourth visit in five days. The 2012 point guard from Pennsylvania has also been to Boston, La Salle and Hofstra.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.