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Basketball game gives fans one more chance to cheer on Heels

The primary mission of Crossfire in hosting ACC All-Stars each spring is to reach a huge regional audience with a Christian message. The annual basketball game is also an opportunity to see college standouts from their favorite teams in person. Dozens of UNC fans lined the court's entry tunnel holding basketballs, posters and other memorabilia in hopes of getting an autograph. (Asheville Citizen-Times)

North Carolina looks to extend state's long NFL Draft history

The Tar Heels are the only team in the state of North Carolina to have had a player drafted by every NFL team. Assuming Mitch Trubisky is drafted at some point, he will be the seventh Tar Heel quarterback selected. There’s a chance he’ll be taken first overall. Overall, North Carolina schools have produced 53 first-round picks. UNC has the most, with 23. (North State Journal)

Tar Heels Celebrate At Rammy Awards

UNC Athletics celebrated the successes of the past year at the fifth-annual Rammy Awards Monday at Memorial Hall in the center of campus. The ceremony highlighted leaders in athletic performance, academic achievement and community service, recognizing both individual student-athletes and teams, as well as the department’s longest-tenured coach. (GoHeels.com)

2017 NFL Draft: What Will Cleveland Do With Top Pick?

I met UNC quarterback Mitchell Trubisky the other day in Chapel Hill. He rolled up in his 1997 Toyota Camry, a hand-me-down from his grandmother, with 170,000 miles on the odometer. Politely, he talked about his workout routine, throwing with his Tar Heels teammates, and said he needed to keep busy to prevent the pre-draft craziness from driving him crazy. (Sports Illustrated)

NFL Draft Preview: Marquise Williams on RB Elijah Hood

Elijah Hood's big season at UNC was his sophomore campaign in 2015. He was incredible, carrying the ball 219 times for 1,463 yards (6.7 yards per carry) and 17 carries. He was not as productive as a junior as he struggled with injuries. CarolinaBlue spoke with former UNC quarterback Marquise Williams about Hood. (Carolina Blue)

2017 NFL draft: How UNC's Mitch Trubisky could end up as the No. 1 pick

When the smoke clears Thursday night, could UNC quarterback Mitch Trubisky end up as the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft? Don’t rule that out. Though most analysts and mock drafts put Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett at the top of the board, at least one source says the Cleveland Browns still are seriously considering Trubisky for that top spot. (Charlotte Observer)

This Week in UNC Baseball with Mike Fox

The No. 3-ranked Tar Heels won their seventh ACC series at Pittsburgh after a mid-week loss to Liberty. UNC now faces a five-game week with Elon on Tuesday, and Campbell on Wednesday, before hosting Clemson this weekend. Luca Dalatri expanded his ACC lead in innings pitched with an eight-and-two-thirds-inning outing on Saturday against Pitt. (Inside Carolina)

Video: Greg Ellis, former UNC and NFL great, on new stage play and his draft night experience

Greg Ellis, former Tar Heel standout and Dallas Cowboys defensive end, joins the Sports Shop to talk about the upcoming presentation of his "Watch Night" stage play. Ellis also relives his 1998 NFL Draft experience after he was a 1997 Consensus All-American for the Tar Heels. View Video...

NFL Draft Preview: Marquise Williams on T.J. Logan

At the NFL combine, former North Carolina running back T.J. Logan ran the fastest 40 yard dash time for a running back. That certainly had to turn some heads. CarolinaBlue spoke with former UNC quarterback Marquise Williams to get a little more insight on Logan and what he could bring to an NFL team. Logan is popularly called 'Ocho,' for No. 8 (Carolina Blue)

Height no obstacle in Ryan Switzer's journey to NFL

Ryan Switzer left North Carolina as the Tar Heels’ all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards, while ranking first in ACC history and tied for second in NCAA history with seven career punt return touchdowns. Still, even with all the proof of his explosiveness — Switzer has 17 career plays of 60-plus yards on just 370 touches — he feels people doubt his speed. (Sporting News)

49ers may opt to rebuild around Mitch Trubisky

San Francisco currently has the No. 2 overall pick and there’s growing speculation of late that the 49ers will take quarterback Mitchell Trubisky of UNC. Among the many draft analysts, there’s no clear pecking order behind Myles Garrett of Texas A&M and the 49ers obviously are in need of quarterback help. They list only two on their current roster. (WRAL Sports Fan)

A View From The Top: UNC's Senior Bell Tower Climb

The senior Bell Tower Climb is an annual spring tradition, thanks to the General Alumni Association at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since 2003, the senior class has been invited to climb the 128 steps above campus and then sign their names on the inside walls of the Bell Tower. The UNC Class of 2017 participated in the tradition on April 21. (UNC.edu)

Video: Mitch Trubisky NFL Draft Tape

North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has been one of the hottest prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft. In his lone season as the Tar Heels' starter, he set single-season records for passing yards, passing touchdowns, and total offense. Check out his NFL Draft Tape. View Video...

UNC Remains at No. 4 in D1Baseball Top 25

Entering the final month of the regular season, UNC continues to look like a prime contender to earn a national seed in the NCAA baseball tournament. Despite splitting their four games this past week, the Tar Heels held steady at No. 4 in this week’s D1Baseball.com Top 25. Coach Mike Fox’s squad won its seventh consecutive ACC series over the weekend. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC QB coach on Mitch Trubisky (Part 1)

The 2017 NFL Draft is Thursday, and UNC quarterback Mitch Trubisky should be drafted in the first round. He is projected to go anywhere from top 10 to late in the first. CarolinaBlue spoke with UNC quarterbacks coach Keith Heckendorf to get insight from the perspective of someone who has worked with Trubisky nearly every day for the last four seasons. (Carolina Blue)

Audio: Why I Drafted Ryan Switzer #1 on SiriusXM Radio (and took crazy heat)

On Friday, April 21st, 2017, I went onto national satellite radio and outraged thousands upon thousands of football fans. By making the case for Ryan Switzer being a top NFL Draft pick. (chrisbraven.com)

UNC's Tony Bradley Exploring NBA Dream

Heading into his freshman season, declaring for the 2017 NBA Draft wasn't on Tony Bradley's radar. He and his family knew his role on the 2016-17 Tar Heels was to backup seniors Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks. "Two years," Tony Bradley Sr. said. "That was our plan the whole time." Then, the season started and Bradley performed well off the bench. (Inside Carolina)

UNC graduate student to give a TED talk about cancer treatment

At this year’s global TED conference, a UNC postdoctoral fellow will deliver a talk about how to cure cancer. TED Fellows chose Elizabeth Wayne, the first and only fellow in the T32 program at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, as one of 15 people from all over the world to present at the conference in Vancouver, Canada, this April. (Daily Tar Heel)

Joel Berry, Tony Bradley, Theo Pinson Enter NBA Draft Process

University of North Carolina juniors Joel Berry II and Theo Pinson and freshman Tony Bradley have filed paperwork with the NBA to enter the 2017 Draft process. None of the three have hired professional representation which allows them the opportunity to go through the evaluation process and either stay in the Draft or return for another season of college basketball. (GoHeels.com)

Chansky’s Notebook: The Newest Waiting Game

By now we know about Joel Berry and Tony Bradley. Or do we? Yesterday was the deadline for undergraduates in college basketball to officially enter the pro draft with the hope of getting invited to the NBA combine, which is more of an official evaluation by pro franchises. Those who did so still have until May 24 to “un-declare” and return to college, like Justin Jackson a year ago. (Chapelboro.com)

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