Mary Willingham Goes After 2005 NCAA Title TeamWhistleblower extraordinaire Mary Willingham went honey badger on Monday with the following tweet: "'05' UNC basketball champs starting 5 +1 took a combined 69 paper classes. truth=transcripts=transparency. A real education= #ncaareform — Mary Willingham (@paperclassinc)." At least now we can dispense with all pretext of her actions being "for the kids" as she has gone all in with Team Jay Smith and the Quest for Banners. (Tar Heel Blog)
Video: J.P. Tokoto Dunk CompilationA little late on this one, but North Carolina forward J.P. Tokoto shows off his extensive slam dunk repertoire in this video compilation posted back in February.
Nuggets’ Ty Lawson likely shut down for seasonAt this point in the season, if you have a slightly banged up star on a team not headed for the playoffs, what’s the point? Why play him? With that in mind we bring you these two bits of news: Denver’s Ty Lawson and New Orleans’ Eric Gordon appear to be done for the year. That according to a couple of reports. (NBC Sports)
Video: Marcus Paige Freshman & Sophomore Season HighlightsNorth Carolina's Marcus Paige became a superstar for the Tar Heels this season. Paige doubled his scoring output this season averaging 17.5 ppg and delivered clutch performances night after night. Check out some of his most memorable moments at North Carolina.
A Very Early College Basketball Top 25 for 2014-158. North Carolina: The foundation of the Tar Heels will be juniors Marcus Paige, Brice Johnson and J.P Tokoto, but the Tar Heels have standout sophomore and freshman classes to fill out a team that will challenge for an ACC title. Top players returning: G Isaiah Hicks, G Brice Johnson, F Kennedy Meeks, G Marcus Paige, F J.P. Tokoto (Athlon Sports)
5 Schools With The Best Chance Of Winning The NCAA Title In 20154. North Carolina: Next year there is a lot of hope for the Tar Heels as they will return many of their key pieces. Marcus Paige will have a great junior campaign and showed this season a glimpse of the potential player he can be for Roy Williams. Also returning are athletic wings Brice Johnson and J.P. Tokoto, who will improve over the summer. The Tar Heels also bring in an incredible recruiting class. (Dime Magazine)
Angell: A Look AheadLosing is no fun, particularly when the team is as tight-knit as this latest Tar Heel group was. However, now that some time has passed, the excitement and anticipation for the 2015 season is already building. Need a primer on why to be excited? Here are five reasons to be enthusiastic (if you weren't already) about the 2015 Carolina basketball season: (GoHeels.com)
Final regular season stats for ACC alumni in D-LeagueUNC: P.J. Hairston (Texas Legends) 26 games, 21.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 0.8 apg; Dexter Strickland (Idaho Stampede) 22 games, 4.5 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 0.6 apg; Kendall Marshall (Delaware 87ers) 7 games, 19.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 9.6 apg; Larry Drew II (Sioux Falls SkyForce) 41 games, 11.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 7.0 apg (Wilmington Star News)
Video: 2014 One Shining MomentThe 2014 NCAA Tournament "One Shining Moment" video montage, which includes J.P. Tokoto's highlight reel spin and dunk, a stunned Duke bench after losing to Mercer, Mercer's celebratory dance, and some Creighton tears.
Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2014-156. North Carolina Tar Heels: Leslie McDonald graduated and James Michael McAdoo declared for the NBA draft, and those are the only two departures Roy Williams has to worry about. In other words, the Tar Heels are going to be good. With Marcus Paige running the show, UNC will be within range of national title contention once more. (ESPN.com)
P.J. Hairston done with NBA Development League, awaiting draftP.J. Hairston scored 33 points in the NBA Development League finale and is now awaiting the 2014 NBA Draft on June 26. Hairston averaged 21.8 points per game with the Texas Legends and shot 45.3 percent from the floor and 35.8 percent from behind the 3-point arc. By all accounts, Hairston's experiment in the D-League was a success. (Greensboro News & Record)
Vince Carter passes Elgin Baylor on NBA's all-time scoring listPassing Elgin Baylor on the NBA’s all-time scoring list wasn’t even the last thing on Vince Carter’s mind when he arrived at Sleep Train Arena on Sunday afternoon. That’s because Carter, who has 23,152 points after scoring 17 in the Dallas Mavericks’ 93-91 win over the Sacramento Kings, wasn’t even aware that it was a possibility. “They don’t tell me these things,” said Carter. (ESPN.com)
Q&A with Jerry Stackhouse, Part IIJerry Stackhouse: "All these guys that are talking about being ready to come into the league, they better re-think this thing. When you come into the NBA, it’s real. You’re talking about guys’ jobs, their livelihood, and they take it very seriously. The NBA is not the camaraderie or the fun that college basketball is. Guys want your job and they’ll do anything they can to take it." (The Shadow League)
McAdoo's departure adds to list of Boo Williams early draft entrantsJames Michael McAdoo’s decision last week to forgo his senior basketball season at North Carolina makes him the fourth Tar Heel from Boo Williams’ summer program to declare early for the NBA draft. Which led to an exercise that again illuminates the stunning array of talent that Williams has nurtured during the last three-plus decades. (Daily Press)
McAdoo Gone, Looking Ahead.James Michael McAdoo's decision is incredibly impactful for Isaiah Hicks, who played sparingly as a freshman. Hicks should be able to see more court time, gain experience, and prove his worth as a viable option at forward for the Tar Heels. 2013-2014 was a forgettable season for Hicks who struggled to gain playing time or find his role in Roy Williams' offense. (Carolina Blue)
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