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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)

J.P. Tokoto Declares For NBA Draft

UNC junior forward J.P. Tokoto announced last evening his intention to enter the 2015 NBA Draft. “J.P. and I have had multiple meetings since the end of the season, including one yesterday afternoon,” says UNC head coach Roy Williams. “He has made the decision to enter the NBA Draft at this time. We support J.P. in his decision and will continue to assist him as he pursues his dream of playing professional basketball." (GoHeels.com)

Tyler Hansbrough Victimizes Gerald Henderson Again (photo)

Hornets' hope-crushing loss to Raptors included this UNC on Duke crime. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC's J.P. Tokoto to declare for the 2015 NBA draft

North Carolina Tar Heels junior J.P. Tokoto will enter the 2015 NBA draft, he told Yahoo Sports on Wednesday. Tokoto, an All-ACC first-team defender for the Tar Heels, forgoes his final year of college eligibility with a clear knowledge of his standing among league executives. Tokoto, 21, won’t initially sign with an agent, he said, which would give him the freedom to withdraw from the June draft prior to the April 26 early entry deadline. (Yahoo! Sports)

Impact of J.P. Tokoto's Departure

There will be plenty of discussion of J.P. Tokoto's decision to enter the NBA Draft and dissect his quotes. The nature of his announcement and the quotes themselves make it clear, barring injury, Tokoto isn't coming back to Chapel Hill despite leaving the door open by not hiring an agent. With UNC losing an underclassmen to the NBA Draft for a fourth consecutive season, here is the potential impact on next season. (Tar Heel Blog)

Everett Case’s gift in 1966 foreshadowed Dean Smith’s in 2015

You probably heard that former North Carolina coach Dean Smith recently left each of his 180 varsity lettermen $200 apiece in his will, asking that the player “enjoy a dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith.” What you probably have not heard is that N.C. State coach Everett Case did something similar in 1966. Case, in fact, left his players more of his money and also divided it in a much different way. (Charlotte Observer)

2 Indiana basketball courts refreshed with help of Kenny Smith

The Final Four brings a lot of attention to the circle city, but it also leaves behind a lasting legacy. Two Indiana basketball courts will be refurbished, thanks to a donation announced Sunday by NBA champion and basketball analyst Kenny Smith. (WISH-TV)

North Carolina Opens 2015-16 as NCAA Favorite

North Carolina will open the 2015-16 season as the favorite to win the championship in men’s college basketball, per Bovada. Odds to win the 2015-16 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: North Carolina 6/1, Kentucky 8/1, Maryland 12/1, Virginia 12/1, Duke 16/1, Kansas 16/1. (Zag's Blog)

Art’s Angle: Carolina-Duke Update

So you think the rivalry is still ebbing and flowing, eh? Duke has now won two national championships since Carolina’s last in 2009. After that 2009 season, Tar Heels could have said the same: we have won two national championships since Duke’s last in 2001. Somehow, it seems a stretch to say (or believe) that Carolina will come back with an NCAA title or two before Duke strips the nets again. (Chapelboro.com)

ACC basketball season wrap: UNC takes step forward in postseason

Overall, North Carolina was just better on offense. It didn't have the weapons of the 2008-09 teams that produced a two Final Fours and a national title, but who the Tar Heels did have usually worked well in tandem. In retrospect, it's a bit amazing considering two of their starting perimeter players (Justin Jackson and J.P. Tokoto) combined for 40 3-pointers in 38 games. (Syracuse.com)

Celtics Big Man Tyler Zeller Was the Bill Russell of Nerf Basketball

Celtics big man Tyler Zeller has blocked 50 shots this season, but if his younger brother Cody is to be believed, that’s a disappointingly low total for the greatest rim protector in Nerf basketball history. “As kids, Tyler used to stand in front of the Nerf hoop and block every single one of my shots,” Cody Zeller said in an editorial for The Player’s Tribune . “I remember crying because Tyler was relentless with the blocks.” (Boston.com)

Tar Heels Finish 12th In Basketball Coaches Poll

North Carolina finished No. 12 in the final ESPN/USA Today coaches poll of the 2014-15 season, released after this month's conclusion of the NCAA Tournament. The Tar Heels had been No. 14 in the poll released in mid-March, between the ACC and NCAA Tournaments. UNC finished ninth nationally in the NCAA's final RPI rankings, moving up from 11th in the previous rankings. (GoHeels.com)

UNC's 2015-2016 preseason rankings

With Duke crowned as the 2015 National Champion on Monday, the attention now turns to the 2015-2016 college basketball season. Already many media outlets have release their preseason rankings. As expected UNC is high on most lists. (Carolina Blue)

The Quality of UNC's losses

Examining North Carolina's losses after the season it is clear that the overwhelming majority of the defeats came against good, even great teams. All but one loss came against teams that would go on to win at least one game in the NCAA Tournament. Eight of the losses would come against eventual Sweet Sixteen teams. (Carolina Blue)

A Very Early College Basketball Top 25 for 2015-16

1. North Carolina (26-12, 11-7 ACC): The Tar Heels’ roster returns virtually intact with each of the top 10 scorers returning to Chapel Hill. After years of roster turnover and un-North Carolina-like results in the ACC, the fortunes should be ready to turn. Marcus Paige will be a National Player of the Year candidate and the cast around him continues to improve. (Athlon Sports)

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, 4:00 ET ESPN2 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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