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Season in review: Justin Jackson

In the second half of the 2014-2015 season, Tar Heel fans were able to see the true potential of freshman Justin Jackson. Closing out the regular season and into the ACC Tournament, the 6-foot-8 Texas native scored double figures in eight straight games, If you take out the loss to Notre Dame in the ACC final, Jackson scored double figures in eleven straight games to close out the season. (Carolina Blue)

How Michael Jordan became the face of Nike

Without Sonny Vaccaro, Michael Jordan would still be Michael Jordan, but would he be Michael Jordan, father of Nike’s Air Jordan brand and billionaire? Probably not. A new ESPN “30 for 30? documentary airing on Thursday night shows just how Vaccaro became the godfather of sneakers, operating in “the gray areas” of college basketball as the multibillion-dollar athletic shoe industry blossomed. (Washington Post)

Danny Green breaks Spurs' single-season team mark for 3s

Danny Green drilled his 191st 3-pointer of the season early in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s home game with Phoenix, breaking Chuck Person’s single-season club record. Person originally set the mark in 1995-96, in the midst of a short experiment by the NBA with a shorter 3-point line. Green now has two of the top three single-season totals in club history, including 177 in 2012-13. (San Antonio Express-News)

Kid writes homework assignment on Danny Green: 'He can shoot the money ball'

The official San Antonio Spurs Twitter account shared a brief essay written by what appears to be a young boy (I'll guess about eight years old) about why Spurs guard Danny Green is inspiring. Basically, it boils down to Green's ability to drain threes; Green has hit a stellar 42-percent of his shots from behind the arc this season and 184 in total. (FOX Sports)

Confirmed: Marcus Paige is Returning

Marcus Paige addressed this after UNC's 79-72 loss to Wisconsin in the Sweet Sixteen but given the nature of these decisions, the Fayetteville Observer's Bret Strelow decided to get confirmation. "Marcus Paige talked matter of factly after Sweet 16 loss about coming back. For double-checking purposes, his dad said today he is returning — Bret Strelow (@bretstrelow) April 11, 2015" (Tar Heel Blog)

Michael Jordan Silenced Kendall Gill By Dunking on Alonzo Mourning (Video)

It was never a good idea to talk trash to Michael Jordan during his playing days. Kendall Gill shared a fun story Thursday from the 1992-93 season, about how his wayward mouth got him (along with poor rookie Charlotte Hornets teammate Alonzo Mourning) in trouble with a fired up MJ. Jordan torched Charlotte to the tune of 52 points, including a pair of poster jams in Zo’s grill. (SLAM Online)

Raymond Felton hits game winning lay-up (video)

On Friday evening Dallas Maverick guard and former Tar Heel great Raymond Felton hit a game winning shot with 1.5 second remaining in double overtime to put the Mavericks over the Nuggets 144-143. With time winding down, Felton used a sharp cross-over dribble to get past his defender and then layed the ball high off the glass for the decisive two points. (Carolina Blue)

Hugh Morton and the NCAA tournament (photos)

Here’s an interesting factoid from Obscurityville: photographer Hugh Morton was a UNC freshman when the NCAA held its very first men’s basketball tournament in March 1939. Clemson defeated Maryland in the 1939 Southern Conference Tournament; it was Wake Forest, however, with the conference’s best regular season record that the NCAA selected for its eight-team national championship tournament. Wake Forest lost its opening-round game to Ohio State, 64–52. (A View to Hugh)

UNC lineup still flush without Tokoto

UNC still is built to contend for the 2016 national championship. Even with J.P. Tokoto this week announcing he’d declare for the NBA draft — he came out of nowhere with that — UNC still will be a heavyweight next season. Losing Tokoto is kind of a big deal. For all of his clanked jumpers and turnovers, he’s a supremely athletic guy capable of really guarding the perimeter. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Tokoto's Decision?

J.P. Tokoto is gone. He's not coming back, so don't read into the not-signing-an-agent talk. As forgiving a man as Roy Williams is, as devoted and loyal to his players as the UNC coach is, there's no way he could accept Tokoto back after his comments to THI parent company Yahoo! Sports this week. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Video: Tokoto's best dunks at UNC

J.P. Tokoto's decision to enter the 2015 NBA draft was shocking to many. While there is a glimmer of hope that the 6-foot-6 wing from Wisconsin could return to Chapel Hill for his senior season (he will not sign an agent), it is clear his intention is to improve his draft stock and work to get selected by an NBA club this summer (Carolina Blue)

Dean Smith welcomed first female manager to basketball family

A lifelong Tar Heels basketball fan, Julie Dalton Loos knew she wanted to be connected to the Carolina basketball program when she arrived in Chapel Hill 1979. After an attempt to join the cheerleading squad failed to get Loos courtside, she took more drastic measures: she wrote coach Dean Smith a letter to ask if he could use front office help – or if she could possibly join the team as a manager. (University Gazette)

Season in review: Kennedy Meeks

Kennedy Meeks' second year in Chapel Hill was a slight let down from the high expectations put on him after his freshman year. He was not the go-to scorer many thought he could be. Injury, sickness, and fatigue could all be to blame as to why Meeks was unable to maintain consistency. The potential is there for a 15-point, eight rebound guy. His junior season should give him a chance to realize that production. (Carolina Blue)

J.P. Tokoto takes a gamble with early exit

J.P. Tokoto is gambling that he can improve his game in time for the June 25 NBA draft. He said he plans to skip his senior season at UNC and see how he makes out against pros. If Tokoto doesn't hire an agent then he has until April 26 to withdraw from the NBA draft, although the way he expressed himself made it sound like he's committed to turning pro. (Durham Herald-Sun)

J.P. Tokoto sees an opening when he passes on his senior year

J.P. Tokoto revealed Wednesday that he's leaving school early and declaring for the NBA Draft. A 6-foot-5 wing with an unreliable jump shot and no guarantee of being drafted, Tokoto told Yahoo! Sports that he can be "more than just the defensive player who can occasionally dunk the ball. I know I can be so much more, but I'm not sure that I'm pushed to be that much more (in college)." (Fayetteville Observer)

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, 7:30 ET ACC Network Extra

UNC @ Tulane
Fri, Nov 11, 9:00 ET ESPNU

UNC vs. Chattanooga
Sun, Nov 13, 6:00 ET ESPNU Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
(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
Georgia Tech8-1021-15
Florida State8-1020-14
NC State5-1316-17
Wake Forest2-1611-20
Boston College0-187-25

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