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Troy Williams Narrows List To Kentucky, North Carolina

Troy Williams, a top-20 recruit, has cut his list of possible college destinations to Kentucky and North Carolina.

“They’re both good schools,” Williams said. “They’re like the top two programs out there right now, so it’s going to be a hard decision. But it will come down to which coach I like the best.”

Williams is the nephew of amateur-circuit basketball legend Boo Williams, who has ties to both finalists.

“Kentucky plays a fast pace and coach (Calipari) is a good friend of my uncle’s,” Williams said.

Williams said he gets along with North Carolina coach Roy Williams “and some of the players came from my uncle’s team. They get up and down, too, and have a lot of dunks.”

Via Louisville Courier Journal

Jabari Parker Plans To Narrow List To Five

Jabari Parker wants to narrow his extensive list to a final five later this spring. Parker is considering offers from Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, North Carolina and Illinois, among others.

The 6-foot-8 forward led Chicago Simeon High to 33-1 record and a third straight state championship this past season.

He has one more state title than Simeon alum Derrick Rose, with one season to go.

"He's good, a polished player to be so young," says Rose, who gets to keep an eye on Parker while he leads his hometown Chicago Bulls. "Has the will to win, and that's all you need."

Via Champaign-Urbana News Gazette

Troy Williams Narrows List To Kentucky, North Carolina

Troy Williams has trimmed his list of schools to Kentucky and North Carolina.

Williams, one of the top 10 prospects in the class of 2013, elevated Georgetown from consideration.

“Georgetown was dropped because they didn’t play my style. They didn’t keep in touch as much as Kentucky and North Carolina,” Williams said.

The 6-foot-6 swingman plans to decide in the next month and a half.

“I have no clue as far as a decision yet, but I know it will be between now and May,” Williams said.

Via ZagsBlog.com

John Henson Signs With DC Area Agent

John Henson has signed with an agent in preparation for the NBA draft.

The 6-foot-11 forward will be represented by Jim Tanner of Washington, D.C.-based Williams & Connolly LLP.

"When looking for representation, I wanted to find a group that fit with my goals and personality," Henson, a junior, said in a prepared statement. "Jim and the team at W&C had a very specific and unique plan for me, and that was important. Overall, I just felt comfortable with them, and that they truly cared about my career."

Via ESPN.com

Barnes Signs With Agent Jeff Wechsler

Agent Jeff Wechsler has reached an agreement with Harrison Barnes for his pro representation, according to sources.

Barnes is expected to be a top-10 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Wechsler also represents Kyrie Irving and Quentin Richardson, amongst others.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

Oriakhi Trims List To Four

Alex Oriakhi, a junior forward who received his release from UConn last month, has narrowed his list of transfer schools to North Carolina, Missouri, Kentucky and Xavier.

Oriakhi previously considered Duke, Ohio State, and UNC-Charlotte.

He isn’t expected to make a decision until late April.

Via Hearst Connecticut Media Group

McAdoo Eager To Assume Leadership Role With Tar Heels

With Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Kendall Marshall all leaving North Carolina to enter the NBA draft, James Michael McAdoo is likely to be the focal point of the Tar Heels offense next season.

“He’s going to be looked at as a leader on this team -- and that’s another way he can mature as a player,’’ his mom, Janet McAdoo, said. “And I think that’s something he looks forward to.”

McAdoo scored at least 14 points in three of UNC's seven postseason games after reaching double figures just three times during the regular season.

“He did have a tough transition early on,’’ Janet McAdoo said. “But we saw him start to come on with that extra playing time late in the season. … He’s exciting about continuing to improve [his game], that was part of his decision. But I think he also looks forward to his new role on the team … and the guys he’ll be playing with.”

Via ESPN.com

McAdoo Will Return For Sophomore Season At North Carolina

James Michael McAdoo will return to North Carolina next season.

“I’ve had several discussions about my future plans with my family and coach (Roy) Williams and have decided to return to UNC to continue playing for the Tar Heels and continue my education,” McAdoo said in a statement.

“I love being at Carolina and really enjoy competing with and being around my teammates and am excited about what we can do together next season. Every young basketball player wants to have as much information about his future and understand what others in the game think about him. It’s been interesting to learn the information that Coach Williams has gathered, but I am ready to continue as a Tar Heel. I’m enjoying my time in Chapel Hill and am excited about the future for my team and me.”

McAdoo was projected as a top-10 pick in the June 28 draft.

Via Fayetteville Observer

UNC Signee Marcus Paige Sidelined By Stress Fracture In Left Foot

Marcus Paige has been diagnosed with a stress fracture of his left foot, but his high school coach expects him to be fully recovered by the time he arrives at North Carolina in June.

“By the time he leaves in June to head down [to North Carolina], he’ll be fine,” said Chris Robertson, Paige’s coach at Linn-Mar High in Marion, Iowa.

Paige will be counted on replace NBA bound point guard Kendall Marshall.

“He’s just so excited to get down to Carolina,” Robertson said.

Via Charlotte Observer

Oriakhi Plans To Visit UNC, Duke, Kentucky, Missouri

Alex Oriakhi is planning visits to North Carolina, Duke, Missouri, and Kentucky, his father confirmed.

Oriakhi’s father also listed Ohio State, Xavier, and UNC-Charlotte as possible destinations for his son to land.

The junior forward requested his release from UConn on March 21.

Via Hearst Media Group
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