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Q&A with Roy Williams, Part I

You have four returning starters, for that fifth spot who are you looking at? Roy Williams: "I think it’s hard to answer that right now and I’m not sitting on the fence, I’m just being truthful, because this week will be the first week that Theo Pinson’s been released to do everything. I’d hate to say ‘yeah, we’ve really figured out so and so’ because I haven’t figured out what all Theo can do." (Inside Carolina)

Source: Hornets don’t plan to exercise contract option on P.J. Hairston

Barring a last-minute change of thinking, the Charlotte Hornets do not intend to exercise their contract option on shooting guard-small forward P.J. Hairston, an NBA source said Monday. Hairston, who is currently starting for the Hornets, would make about $1.25 million for the 2016-17 season under the rookie scale for first-round picks. (Charlotte Observer)

UNC Player Profile: Nate Britt

Nate Britt has the potential to be a very important member of the 2016 team, as the quality of his play could be the difference between UNC being a very good team, and a great one. If he can continue to improve his ability to protect the basketball and maintain or improve on his 3P%, then this will allow Roy Williams to hand the bulk of the playing time at the point to him and Joel Berry. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC Basketball Tops AP Preseason Top 25 Poll

UNC is ranked number one in the nation in the Associated Press’s preseason men’s basketball poll that was released Monday. This is the ninth time Carolina has opened the season atop the poll and the first time since the 2011-12 season. Roy Williams enters his 13th season as UNC’s head coach. This is the fourth time his teams have opened the season No. 1 in the AP poll. (GoHeels.com)

Vanderbilt holds secret scrimmages against No. 1 UNC, No. 6 UVA

With less than two weeks until the start of the college basketball season, the biggest news around the country revolves around the various “secret scrimmages” that many teams organize in preparation for the coming year. Vanderbilt men’s basketball has a couple of closed matchups this fall. The first took place Saturday at preseason No. 1 North Carolina and the second will be at home against No. 6 Virginia on Nov. 8. (Vanderbilt Hustler)

Video: A different view of Late Night with Roy

Check out this behind-the-scenes look at UNC's Late Night with Roy. The short video includes the team before player introductions, the view from Coach Williams' perspective, and the emotional moments during the Stuart Scott tribute. (Carolina Blue)

Roy Williams discusses college basketball rule changes

College basketball's new 30 second shot clock doesn't faze Roy Williams, who is entering his 13th year as head coach of the Tar Heels. "I don't waste a lot of time thinking about it," Williams told the media during ACC's operation basketball. "Going from 35 (seconds) to 30 (seconds) is not a big deal for me...I think it makes a lot of us play the same way at the end of the shot clock." (Carolina Blue)

Trail Blazers' Ed Davis is far from flashy, but has the makings of a fan favorite

Ed Davis isn't a household name. Not yet, at least. The 6-foot-10 backup big man, a free-agent signing part of the Trail Blazers roster rebuild this summer, won't ever be a spot-up three-point shooter like Meyers Leonard. (OregonLive.com)

UNC Player Profile: Joel James

Joel James will again be part of a deep and experienced post rotation, playing behind Brice Johnson, Isaiah Hicks and Kennedy Meeks. The depth inside will again limit James' minutes to the 13-15 per game range. He will be effective if he can provide 6 points and 4-5 rebounds per game and will bring toughness and senior leadership to the Tar Heels. (Tar Heel Blog)

Jerry Stackhouse, an 18-year NBA veteran, brings fresh perspective to Raptors

Jerry Stackhouse never considered coaching as a career, until the day he was sitting in the bleachers at his son Jaye's basketball practice. "He was in the seventh grade. They were just rolling the balls out, and I was like 'I can't watch this (stuff) any longer,'" Stackhouse said, with a laugh. So the 18-year NBA veteran assembled his own AAU squad — Stackhouse Elite — and over the next four years would marvel at how the boys soaked up his instruction, and grew as players. He was hooked. (Canadian Press)

UNC Player Profile: Kenny Williams

Kenny Williams should have chances to play, especially early in the season. Williams is a pure shooter, something UNC has lacked over the past couple of seasons. Roy Williams noted that when he first saw Williams play and he hit five threes and took three charges. If he brings that sort of mentality to the game and can provide some perimeter shooting, he could see meaningful minutes. (Tar Heel Blog)

Reggie Bullock's time to shine for Pistons

Jodie Meeks' misfortune is Reggie Bullock's opportunity. On the day it was announced that Meeks would miss most of the regular season after surgery for a right foot fracture, Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy reaffirmed his faith in Bullock, who will assume the back-up shooting guard spot in the playing rotation. (Detroit Free Press)

Report: Thunder acquires guard J.P. Tokoto

The Oklahoma City Thunder has acquired J.P. Tokoto, according to a report by Yahoo! Sports. The Oklahoman's Erik Horne is reporting that the Blue has indeed acquired Tokoto, but that it is not via trade, at least not between the Thunder and Sixers. Tokoto, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound shooting guard/small forward, averaged 8.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.5 steals for the Tar Heels last season. (NewsOK.com)

Bobby Jones to be inducted into FCA's Hall of Champions

Bobby Jones, a retired NBA star who played with the Philadelphia 76ers, has served as an FCA banquet speaker around the Carolinas region, as well as a counselor and connector for FCA area staff. His wife, Tess, has also been instrumental in leading FCA’s Women’s Roundtable in an effort to effectively reach high school girls with the FCA ministry. (Fellowship of Christian Athletes)

Roy Williams gives backstory to Final Four tribute to Bo Ryan's father, Butch

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams had plenty of basketball to discuss at the ACC's media day, with the Tar Heels projected to be not only the top team in the league but one of the best in the entire country -- including being ranked No. 1 in the CBS Sports Preseason Top 25 (and one). But one under the radar note from his availability with the writers on Wednesday was the backstory behind Williams' tribute to Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan's father, Butch, at the 2015 national title game. (CBS Sports)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 80
Kansas State: 70
Tue, Nov 24 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Maryland
Tue, Dec 1, 9:30 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. Davidson
Sun, Dec 6, 6:00 ET ESPNU Tickets

UNC @ Texas
Sat, Dec 12, 5:15 ET ESPN Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Scoreboard
Boston College68
at Michigan State99
Notre Dame68
at Monmouth70
at UConn76
at Georgia Tech83
Live scores provided via data feed and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(15) Miami0-05-0
(5) Duke0-05-1
(9) North Carolina0-05-1
(12) Virginia0-05-1
Florida State0-04-1
Georgia Tech0-04-1
Wake Forest0-04-2
(17) Notre Dame0-03-1
Virginia Tech0-03-1
Boston College0-03-1
NC State0-03-2

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