Roy Williams like 'a dad' to Tar Heels' PaigeMarcus Paige said Roy Williams helped him grow not only as a basketball player but as a man. And when Paige went through a horrible shooting slump during the season, his coach's confidence in him never wavered. “When I was struggling, he told me he still had all the confidence in the world in me and no matter how many shots I missed he was still going to believe in me.” (Asheville Citizen-Times)
Danny Green Biggest X-Factor in Spurs' Hunt for 6th TitleDanny Green played so well the four seasons prior to 2015-16 (10.2 points per game, 42.3% on three-pointers) that many considered the 4-year/$40M extension he signed with San Antonio last July a hometown discount. The starting shooting guard’s play this season has a similar number of people confused wondering what caused his precipitous drop-off in production. (Forbes)
NBA Champ James McAdoo Shows Determination Through Basketball JourneyFor the second consecutive year, the Golden State Warriors have become the team to beat in the NBA. Forward James Michael McAdoo also known as J-MacK, says a big reason is because of the way the team gels outside of basketball. (CBN)
Paige, Johnson lead ACC All-Stars over CrossfireJust a few weeks removed from a heartbreaking loss in the NCAA Championship to Villanova, North Carolina players Marcus Paige, Brice Johnson and Joel James put on quite a show Saturday in the 24th annual ACC All-Stars-Crossfire Game at UNC Asheville's Kimmel Arena. Paige was draining 3s and Johnson was scoring to the roar of the sold-out crowd. (Blue Ridge Now)
New NBA draft rules a win-win situation for everyone involvedThe new structure that makes it easier for players to “test the waters” of the NBA draft without jeopardizing their future college eligibility is so beneficial to those considering a jump to the professional ranks that it’s almost a mistake not to take advantage of it. Even the coaches are in favor of it, as North Carolina’s Roy Williams expressed. (Wilmington Star News)
Joel Berry, Isaiah Hicks to return for 2016-2017 seasonUNC announced on Friday afternoon that sophomore small forward Justin Jackson and junior center Kennedy Meeks will submit their names for the 2016 NBA draft. The two players will not hire agents. CarolinaBlue confirmed with a UNC spokesman that Isaiah Hicks and Joel Berry will not declare for the draft and return to school for their senior and junior seasons, respectively. (Carolina Blue)
North Carolina Athletics Tar Heel Yard SaleThe UNC Athletic Department will hold a surplus equipment Yard Sale on Saturday, May 14, from 7 a.m.-noon at the Eddie Smith Field House. More than 12,000 items will be on sale, including more than 500 football jerseys in Carolina Blue, white, black and navy, and at least 100 pairs of Jordan Brand basketball shoes. Women’s basketball game uniforms and Louisville Slugger baseball bats are also included. (GoHeels.com)
Justin Jackson, Kennedy Meeks To Enter NBA Draft, Will Not Hire AgentsUNC men’s basketball players Justin Jackson and Kennedy Meeks will submit their names to the NBA for the 2016 Draft, but will not hire agents at this time and may return to UNC for the 2016-17 season. Underclassmen have until April 24 to enter the Draft. They have until May 25 to withdraw from the Draft to be eligible to play college basketball next season. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Marcus Paige NCAA Tournament HighlightsUNC's Marcus Paige scores 10, 12, 21, 13, 13, and 21 in the 2016 NCAA Tournament as the Tar Heels finish runner-up to the Villanova Wildcats in the National Championship.
Video: ACC Barnstorming Tour Stops In TriadACC basketball fans got the chance to see their favorite seniors take the court, right here in the Triad. The seniors laced up at Southeast Guilford High School for the 2016 ACC Barnstorming Tour. The game included players, like UNC's Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson, and Wake Forest's Codi Miller-McIntyre and Devin Thomas. (WFMY)
Dewey Burke Receives Check From Ed O’Bannon CaseWhen Dewey Burke played basketball at UNC, he never considered the legal implications of playing as himself in the NCAA Basketball video game series. “Back then we just thought it was cool,” he said. “It was fun to play NCAA 2005 and play as yourself. I don’t know if funny is the right word but it was such a cool think, I guess.” (Chapelboro.com)
Tar Heels Compile Record-High APRUNC student-athletes compiled a record-high Academic Progress Rate of 987 in 2014-15 and compiled a four-year rating of 981, two points above the national rate. It is the second consecutive year the Tar Heels have set or tied their top single-season score in the APR. The 18 Tar Heel programs that scored a 1000 in 2014-15 include men’s basketball. (GoHeels.com)
Closure: News & notes from Roy Williams’ postseason press conferenceRoy Williams is not retiring anytime soon. The Tar Heel head coach thought he'd put that matter to bed when he addressed it late in the regular season, but the national sportswriters had to ask that question for themselves. Williams hit the road recruiting on Thursday after the national championship game. “I saw three kids on Thursday and one on Friday,” he said. (GoHeels.com)
NBA playoff scores 2016: Raymond Felton outdueled Kevin Durant and Russell WestbrookMuch like the Dallas Mavericks, Raymond Felton was left for dead. The Mavericks weren't expected to make the playoffs. Then, after being decimated by the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series, a sweep was expected. With J.J. Barea out due to injury, though, Felton was given a chance to shine. He did exactly that. (SB Nation)
Video: Michael Jordan Scores Career-High 39 Points At UNC vs. Georgia TechMichael Jordan once scored a record 63 points in an NBA playoff game vs. the Boston Celtics, but his highest scoring game at UNC was in 1983 against Georgia Tech. Check out all his best plays from that game.
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