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Jackson Simmons Named to Jackson County Athletic Hall of Fame

The Jackson County Athletic Hall of Fame class of 2016 includes Cindi Simmons and Jackson Simmons. Jackson Simmons, graduated in 2011 from Smoky Mountain, where he set the state high school record for career rebounds (1,544). He played basketball four years at North Carolina and is now a graduate assistant coach at UNC-Charlotte. (Sylva Herald)

Throwback Thursday - Justin Jackson high school highlights

UNC's Justin Jackson was a phenomenal basketball player in high school. He played in the McDonald's All-America and won a handful of awards for being the best home schooled player in the country. His senior year, he averaged 32 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks...and yes, he used his signature floater. Check out his high school mixtape. (Carolina Blue)

ACC’s winners and losers in NBA Draft early entry

North Carolina — Winner Given the new player-friendly rules for declaring early, UNC had to consider it a positive when small forward Justin Jackson and center Kennedy Meeks were its only underclassmen to test the waters. Even then, both of those players returned — Jackson doing so after receiving an invite to and participating in the NBA Draft Combine. (Today's U)

Jersey Numbers Set for UNC Basketball's Incoming Freshmen Class

North Carolina's incoming freshmen have finalized their jersey numbers for next season. Ranked as a top 10 group by Scout, the Tar Heels’ four-man class is highlighted by five-star big man Tony Bradley, who will wear No. 5 next season. “I really wanted No. 4 and it was taken so I took the best number close to that,” Bradley told Inside Carolina. (Inside Carolina)

Open Letter From Woody Durham

Letter from Woody Durham (audio): "Last winter, I was diagnosed with a neurocognitive disorder, primary progressive aphasia, that affects my language expression. I want to tell you this because I will no longer be doing any public speaking. I can still enjoy the company of friends and traveling with my wife, Jean, but I am not able to address groups as I did in the past." (GoHeels.com)

Lucas: What Woody Says

Today’s meeting is because Woody Durham has primary progressive aphasia, and he felt an obligation to tell Tar Heel fans why they would no longer see him making speeches or hosting events or telling stories in public. He wants you to know a little more about this condition, and he wants to generate some fundraising and support for it. (GoHeels.com)

Illinois State names Brian Reese assistant basketball coach

Brian Reese learned from one of college basketball's coaching legends in the late Dean Smith. He knows what it's like to reach the top, too, as a starting small forward when UNC won the 1993 NCAA title. Reese believes he can share those experiences and help Illinois State reach its goals, too. The 44-year-old was named the Redbirds' newest assistant coach Tuesday. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

Season in Review: Joel Berry

Joel Berry was UNC's most important player for the 2015-2016 season. The Tar Heels' sophomore breakout player from Florida took control of the team and was a force at point guard, playing his best basketball in the biggest games. He made a huge leap from freshman to sophomore year and improved over the course of the season as well. (Carolina Blue)

Marcus Paige, Yogi Ferrell among first to work out with Pistons

With the NBA draft just over three weeks away, the Pistons have begun bringing in potential draft targets for workouts Tuesday at their practice facility. The first group included guards Marcus Paige (UNC), Yogi Ferrell (Indiana) and Ron Baker (Wichita State), along with forwards Thomas Walkup (Stephen F. Austin), Derrick Jones (UNLV) and Tyler Harris (Auburn). (Detroit News)

A look at next preseason’s top 10 basketball teams

6 North Carolina: Terrific college basketball players Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson are gone, and the incoming recruiting class isn’t as packed with as many loud talents as many of Roy Williams’ classes, but the off-to-the-races Tar Heels still have plenty of ways to score and a coach who gives them the freedom to shoot, necessary to build confidence. (Lawrence Journal-World)

Season in Review: Justin Jackson

Justin Jackson improved in his second season at UNC but still failed to live up to unrealistic expectations. The 6-8 Texas native was a matchup nightmare and demonstrated more offensive consistency. After the season, Jackson flirted with the NBA draft and earned an invitation to the combine but decided to remain at UNC for his junior season. (Carolina Blue)

UNC basketball uniforms over the years -- the best combinations

The Tar Heel basketball program is rooted in tradition, which explains why so many Tar Heel fans enjoy UNC's Blue Argyle uniforms the best, even though the new black uniforms did make a splash during the UCLA game this past December. The blue, which designer Alexander Julian claims is the exact color of the sky in Chapel Hill at noon, is Pantone 542. (Carolina Blue)

Season in Review: Isaiah Hicks

For his role on UNC's ACC regular season and tournament championship winning team, Isaiah Hicks was named the league's Sixth Man of the Year. It was a deserving honor. Hicks could have been a 25 minute-a-game starter for 95% of the teams in the NCAA. Instead he was part of a UNC's rotation where he played more of a role than a central part. (Carolina Blue)

A restorative bunch: Marcus Paige, Brice Johnson and Joel James

Seniors Marcus Paige, Brice Johnson and Joel James gave more to the North Carolina basketball program than many people realize. Their sweat, blood and tears took the Tar Heels far, but in the minds of many people, not far enough. But that’s not true. These three incredible players did more than enough for the program. (Carolina Blue)

Hotshot ACC basketball recruits unlikely to upstage '93-'94 group

Since the 1998-99 season, only four freshman have been voted first-team all-ACC – Tyler Hansbrough (UNC), Austin Rivers (Duke), Jabari Parker (Duke) and Jahlil Okafor (Duke). Michael Jordan, at UNC in ’81-’82, easily won the ACC freshman of the year award over Maryland’s Adrian Branch, but Jordan missed being selected second-team all-league, much less first-team. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 74
Villanova: 77
Mon, Apr 4 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. UNC Pembroke
Fri, Nov 4, TBD

UNC @ Tulane
Fri, Nov 11, TBD

UNC vs. Chattanooga
Sun, Nov 13, TBD

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(3) North Carolina14-433-7
(4) Virginia13-529-8
(10) Miami13-527-8
(16) Louisville12-623-8
Notre Dame11-724-11
(19) Duke11-725-11
Virginia Tech10-820-15
Clemson10-817-14
Pittsburgh9-921-12
Syracuse9-923-14
Georgia Tech8-1021-15
Florida State8-1020-14
NC State5-1316-17
Wake Forest2-1611-20
Boston College0-187-25

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