Charlotte Hornets looking to sign Marvin Williams ASAPThe Charlotte Hornets signed Marvin Williams two years ago to provide a solid stretch four, and some even better perimeter defense. After an incredible season in a great playoff run, the Hornets saw the value Williams can bring when he's playing his best. Now that the Hornets have re-signed Nicolas Batum they will be looking to get a deal done with Williams ASAP. (At The Hive)
UNC setting high bar in non-conference basketball schedulingHistorically under Roy Williams, UNC has been one of the best when it comes to playing non-power teams in true road settings. Those games have bitten the Tar Heels in the butt before (last year at Northern Iowa), but that hasn’t stopped Williams and his staff from scheduling them. This season will be no different, as UNC has three true road games in December alone. (Today's U)
Camping With Danny GreenDanny Green grew up in Long Island, New York, about 50 miles away from Madison Square Garden. As a kid going to basketball camps though, the NBA felt a million miles away. Green remembers attending local summer camps that didn’t always have serious instruction or traveling long distances to attend top-flight camps. Now, Green hopes to change that for kids in Texas. (San Antonio Spurs)
Nets guard Wayne Ellington opts out, will become an unrestricted free agentWayne Ellington has opted out of the final year of his contract and will become an unrestricted free agent, reports Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders. The 28 year-old shooting guard will forgo the player option on his deal and test the market, declining another year at 1.5 million. (The Brooklyn Game)
UNC's Smith Center Receiving Offseason ImprovementsThe UNC men’s basketball team will open the 2016-17 season with a renovated locker room suite at the Dean E. Smith Center. The $4.2 million project will include a separate locker room for players, coaches, and staff, new shower facilities and an updated players’ lounge. Other additions include a nutrition station, therapy areas, a media room and team meeting space. (Inside Carolina)
Previewing the incoming UNC basketball class of 2016UNC basketball's incoming freshman class consists of Tony Bradley, Seventh Woods, and Brandon Robinson. Bradley is a 6-10 throwback low post player. He should be the first big man off the bench. Woods is a 6-1 shooting guard that brings incredible quickness and athleticism. Robinson, a 6-5 shooting guard, will help bring consistent deep shooting. (Tar Heel Blog)
UNC 7th In Learfield Directors' Cup Final StandingsUNC finished seventh in the final 2015-16 Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, Carolina’s 19th top-10 finish in the 23-year history of the award and the 17th time the Tar Heels led all ACC schools. The Directors’ Cup measures NCAA post-season competitive success and awards points to a maximum of 10 men’s and 10 women’s programs per school. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Tar Heels No. 7 in 2015-16 Director's CupThe Tar Heels had a year to remember with national championships in women's and men's lacrosse, regular season and tournament championships for men's basketball and a division championship for football.
Recovery “Ahead of Schedule” for UNC Coach Roy WilliamsRoy Williams is progressing well following knee replacement surgery last month and will hit the recruiting circuit for the summer evaluation periods beginning next week, according to athletics spokesman Steve Kirschner. Williams is no longer on crutches and has been using a cane, according to Kirschner, who added that Williams is “ahead of schedule” in his rehab. (Inside Carolina)
Joel James Continuing His Game of Catch-Up with PacersLet's be honest about this. Joel James isn't likely to be playing in the NBA next season. The odds are he never will. But then he knows all about long odds. The odds were against him being on the Pacers' Summer League team. The odds were against him getting a scholarship to North Carolina. Some would say the odds were against him even living this long. (Indiana Pacers)
ACCSPY Award nominees 2015-16: Play of the YearMarcus Paige’s circus shot: It was a shot that could potentially have become as much a part of UNC basketball lore as Michael Jordan’s baseline jumper that beat Georgetown for the national championship in 1982. Instead, Marcus Paige’s lunging, double-clutching 3-pointer with 4.7 seconds remaining will simply be remembered as a footnote to history. (Wilmington Star News)
ACCSPY Award nominees 2015-16: Most Memorable MomentBrice’s big game: UNC’s Brice Johnson exploded for 39 points and 23 rebounds in a win against Florida State on Jan. 4, becoming only the second Tar Heel ever to record at least that many points and rebounds in the same game. His big game was the springboard that helped him earn first-team All-America honors and lead UNC to the national championship game. (Wilmington Star News)
UNC's Top Basketball Players Ever: No. 1 Tyler HansbroughHansbrough is the only 4-time, 1st-team All-America ever in college basketball. He averaged 18.9 points and 7.8 rebounds as a freshman. As a junior, he averaged 22.6 points and 10.2 rebounds in 2008 when he was unanimous National Player of the Year. He led the Tar Heels to 2 Final 4s, including the 2009 NCAA championship. (Tar Heel Illustrated)
Freshman Expectations: Tony BradleyNorth Carolina freshman center Tony Bradley comes to UNC with the most weight and pressure on his young shoulders compared to his fellow rookies. A 6-10, 235-pound big man, Bradley will back up Kennedy Meeks. He will play and guard the center spot, but it is yet to be seen whether Bradley can move well enough to play the four spot. (Carolina Blue)
Video: UNC Basketball's Crazy Sand Workout (Danny Ball)The North Carolina basketball team combines a sand volleyball court and a medicine ball to form a crazy workout that they call Danny Ball.
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