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UNC players in the NBA Draft

North Carolina has always been successful at getting players from the college ranks to the NBA. With the 2015 NBA draft tonight and J.P. Tokoto the only Tar Heel likely to be taken, lets take a quick look back at some of the biggest UNC draft years. (Carolina Blue)

Extra Points: Batter Up

Subscribing to the dictum that “Chance favors the prepared mind,” Shakeel Rashad and Joey Mangili staged a reconnaissance mission Wednesday at the Anderson Softball Stadium in Chapel Hill. Their team, the Kamikaze Cheesecake Assassins, would be competing against seven other squads of Tar Heel football players in the Home Run Derby chapter of the Summer Team Challenge Series. (GoHeels.com)

UNC AD: On-field success 'overshadowed' by academic case

UNC earned another high finish among Division I college sports programs after a season of strong tournament showings. The Tar Heels also dealt with another year of off-field issues, including an NCAA investigation into academics. Athletic director Bubba Cunningham cited high points that included 25 of 28 teams competing in postseason play and an overall 2.96 GPA for athletes. (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC Finishes 5th in Learfield Sports Directors' Cup

After finishing out of the top ten last season when UNC failed to win a title conference or national, the Tar Heel athletic program has rebounded for a 5th place finish in the 2014-15 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup. UNC's fifth place finish is an ACC best with Virginia and its league first three NCAA titles in one season just behind the Heels in 6th. (Tar Heel Blog)

Updated 2015-2016 College Basketball Way-Too-Early Preseason Rankings

Fred Hoiberg is off to the NBA, Jamal Murray has committed to Kentucky and Thon Maker is officially staying in high school for another year. I think we’ve reached a point where we know what next season’s rosters will look like. And with that comes our latest — and final? — installment of the Preseason Top 25. The top five looks different now than it did before. 1. North Carolina (NBC Sports)

2015 NBA Draft Primer

The NBA Draft is tonight and with it we learned exactly where J.P. Tokoto might end up. His decision to leave UNC after his junior season was a surprise considering he wasn't a first round pick. That math hasn't changed but it also doesn't matter. Tokoto knew that would be the case. What has changed is Tokoto's performance at the NBA Combine in May has lifted his stock. (Tar Heel Blog)

Lucy Bronze: From small English town to UNC to England women's World Cup hero

From park kick-a-bouts to the world stage, England’s Lucy Bronze has her own determination to thank for making it in football. As a Northumberland schoolgirl FA regulations meant she was stopped from playing with the boys once she reached the age of 12, while before that her family encouraged her to try other sports. (The Chronicle)

Summer Baseball Dispatches: Brian Miller

I hope you have had an enjoyable summer thus far! My time with the Holly Springs Salamanders has been awesome and I’ve had a lot of fun playing and building new relationships. Seeing Virginia win the National Championship was great for the ACC, but witnessing that will definitely motivate us for next year. I know we’re all really anxious to get back on the field and play in front of you. (GoHeels.com)

USWNT star Meghan Klingenberg living with Jeff Van Gundy

Sunday mornings mean pancakes at Jeff Van Gundy’s house. Jeff cuts fresh fruit, his wife Kim flips the pancakes, and Meghan Klingenberg fixes bacon. Yes, the same Meghan Klingenberg who has played every minute on the United States national team’s back line this World Cup lives with the Van Gundy family while playing for the Houston Dash in the National Women’s Soccer League. (USA Today)

Andrew Miller hits his stride as Yankees’ closer

Before he was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2006, Andrew Miller put together one of the most decorated seasons by a pitcher in North Carolina baseball history. During his junior year, Miller compiled a 13-2 record with a 2.48 ERA in 123.1 innings and won several national player of the year awards. He would leave UNC as the program’s leader in strikeouts with 325, and looked to continue that success in the major leagues. (Daily Tar Heel)

Top Five Wide Receivers in UNC History

No. 1: Hakeem Nicks (2006-2008) Arguably the most famous wide receiver in Tar Heel history, he also remains one of the most productive ever. The Super Bowl champion holds the all time school record for receptions with 181. (Carolina Blue)

Faculty Executive Committee discussed accreditation and possible new course on collegiate athletics

Faculty members discussed a possible new undergraduate course on intercollegiate athletics at the last Faculty Executive Committee meeting. The new course would allow students to explore the complicated relationship between athletics and academics. The committee hopes to use the “Nike Course” taught in 1998 as a model for this potential class. (Daily Tar Heel)

J.P. Tokoto in NBA Mock Drafts

The 2015 NBA Draft is Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Television coverage starts at 7:00 PM ET on ESPN. Barring something crazy, J.P. Tokoto will be drafted on Thursday night. The only question is when and to where. Let's examine a collection of final 2015 NBA Mock Drafts to help predict when and where the 6-foot-6 Wisconsin native could go. (Carolina Blue)

Keeping Tobin Tethered to Earth

Tobin Heath – her long brown hair worn in a loose and messy ponytail, a few pieces always escaping out the sides – was known to skateboard through the UNC campus, her main mode of transportation since she was a kid. In Chapel Hill, sidewalks are made out of brick, not ideal for skateboarding, which meant Tobin cruised up the street, often rolling right up to the soccer field. (US Soccer)

Jeff McInnis holds hoops clinic

It’s hard to believe that Jeff McInnis is 40 years old, but he felt comfortable in the old-school style gym at West Central Community Center. McInnis, who played 12 years in the NBA and was a star point guard at North Carolina , didn’t care that the WCCC doesn’t have air-conditioning. He was too busy directing a three-day youth clinic that has attracted about 60 children. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Video: Dean Smith's Widow & Roy Williams React to New Dean Smith Award

Dean Smith made such an important impact off the court that a new award is being named after him. Linnea Smith and UNC men's basketball coach Roy Williams say it's a fitting tribute to the late coach to honor men and women in college basketball for their accomplishments that have nothing to do with wins and losses. View Video...

Tar Heel Draft Picks Assigned To MiLB Clubs

A number of recent Carolina baseball players who were selected in the 2015 MLB Draft began their professional careers this month, as clubs completed the process of assigning players to minor league teams. Seniors Benton Moss and Trevor Kelley as well as juniors Skye Bolt, Korey Dunbar, Landon Lassiter and Trent Thornton pushed the number of Tar Heels in Minor League Baseball to 22. (GoHeels.com)

Nicki Moore Hired As Senior Associate AD

The University of North Carolina has hired Nicki Moore, an 11-year member of the University of Oklahoma’s athletics leadership team, as a senior associate athletics director, UNC director of athletics Bubba Cunningham announced Wednesday. Moore is currently in her third year as the Sooners’ senior associate AD for student life and strategic planning and the senior woman administrator. (GoHeels.com)

Michael Jordan to be featured on special cover of NBA 2K16

While it had been previously reported that Golden State Warriors PG Stephen Curry, Houston Rockets SG James Harden and New Orleans Pelicans PF Anthony Davis would serve as the cover athletes for this year's release in the NBA 2K series, 2K Sports will also be providing fans with a special edition cover featuring one of the game's all-time greats, Michael Jordan. (Carolina Blue)

Roy Williams says sole mention in NCAA's notice brings him 'sense of relief'

The notice of allegations is just the beginning of the NCAA's investigation into UNC's academic scandal, but Roy Williams said reading the report did provide him at least some temporary personal relief. "I've said I felt very comfortable for a very long time because we've been investigated by 73 people and all 12 disciples of the Lord, it feels like, and every one of them has said Roy Williams didn't know anything about this." (ESPN.com)

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