North Carolina Tar Heels Prepare For Summer Of ThunderAnother high profile NCAA Division I program has announced their intention to return to the Bahamas this summer for a series of exhibitions. The 2017 NCAA champions will debut their new freshman class as one of the many highlights to this year's field for the Bahamas Basketball Federation's Summer of Thunder, hosted at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium. (Bahamas Tribune)
North Carolina basketball 2018-19: Roster analysisWith the deadline for decisions on the NBA Draft set, rosters for ACC basketball teams are set for next season, pending any surprises. Here's a look at UNC's roster and how it might fit into coach Roy Williams' vision for the Tar Heels. Luke Maye will pick back up where he left off but should make strides in the post after getting feedback from NBA scouts this spring. (Greensboro News & Record)
Theo Pinson’s NBA shot depends on shootingTheo Pinson is fighting to earn a job in the NBA. The Greensboro native and former North Carolina swingman was a good collegiate defender, but isn’t an elite scorer or shooter – critical traits in the NBA. Pinson knows his weakness, and is trying to improve it. “I didn’t shoot the ball particularly well in college,” he said Saturday at the Charlotte Hornets workout. (Charlotte Post)
Pat Sullivan Hired as New York Knicks Assistant CoachDavid Fizdale has named his coaching staff, and it includes a Tar Heel. The Knicks announced Tuesday that Keith Smart, Royal Ivey, Jud Buechler and Pat Sullivan, who played for Dean Smith on UNC's 1993 national championship team, will be assistant coaches. Sullivan was an assistant coach on Doc Rivers' staff with the Los Angeles Clippers the last two seasons. (NorthJersey.com)
Re-live classic Tar Heel moments with this internet playlistWhat on earth are you supposed to do this summer as you wait for the fall to arrive? Binge on classic UNC basketball games. Duh. We are not the first to comment on the treasure trove that has been humorously named “John Swofford’s Mind Control Device” by “Walter Stevenson”. Want to watch the classic triple-overtime 1957 NCAA Championship game? It’s available. (Tar Heel Blog)
Post NBA Decisions — ACC Basketball Rankings, Part 2: A Cut AboveNo. 1 North Carolina: This looks like a classic Roy Williams team: Loaded with a mix of veteran stars and gifted incoming rookies. Expectations are high in Chapel Hill — as they should be; this is a title-contending team. With Luke Maye, Cameron Johnson and Kenny Williams back — plus Sterling Manley and Garrison Brooks — UNC has an embarrassment of riches. (ACC Sports Journal)
Video: Theo Pinson Relives Monster Dunk vs. DukeFormer UNC forward Theo Pinson had some memorable moments during his four years in Chapel Hill, but none were perhaps as iconic has his massive two-hand slam against Duke in the Tar Heels' win at home this season. Hear Pinson describe what he saw during the play and why he says it was likely the best dunk of his career.
UNC’s Luke Maye named a Way-Too-Early All-AmericanCollege basketball season might have just reached the offseason, but it isn’t too early for UNC junior forward Luke Maye to start racking up preseason nominations. 247Sports named Maye to its Way-Too-Early college basketball All-American team, with the junior earning first team honors. With Joel Berry and Theo Pinson moving on, Maye will be a focal point. (Chapelboro.com)
Four Corners: Summer Heating Up In The Smith CenterThe Roy Williams Carolina Basketball Camp begins its first session on Sunday, and with camp comes the annual pickup games between current and former Tar Heel players. Whether it's June or January, North Carolina's basketball team makes news year-round. Here are some of the latest news & notes about Carolina Basketball some may have missed in the last week. (GoHeels.com)
Sterling Manley Embracing OpportunitySterling Manley's task at hand is building upon a productive freshman season in which he averaged 5.4 points on 56.6 percent shooting to go along with 3.6 rebounds in 10 minutes per game. His summer workload includes getting in better shape, utilizing his length more effectively to control the glass and becoming a defensive stopper, as well as being more assertive. (Inside Carolina)
J.B. Tanner promoted to Elon assistant men's basketball coachJ.B. Tanner, who has spent four years as Elon’s director of basketball operations, has been elevated to assistant coaching duties alongside Jack Wooten and Chris Long. Tanner, a former walk-on player at UNC, is becoming a full-fledged assistant coach for the first time. He was UNC Greensboro’s director of basketball operations for three seasons until 2014. (Burlington Times News)
Doug Moe gets his dueDoug Moe was a victim of a 1961 basketball betting scandal. During his senior year at North Carolina and after completing his four seasons of eligibility for the Tar Heels, the scandal broke and Chancellor William Aycock suspended him from school. Donnie Walsh, later an NBA executive with several teams, was Moe’s teammate at UNC. “We knew it was all totally B.S.” (Mile High Sports)
Video: Flashback - Marcus Paige's Signature Performance at NC StateNorth Carolina's Marcus Paige put together a signature performance at NC State in 2014, scoring a career-high 35 points including the game-winning layup in the closing seconds of overtime. Roy Williams recalls the career night for Paige as one of the greatest performances he's ever seen.
Doug Moe receives 2018 Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement AwardIt's tricky giving Doug Moe the credit he’s due as one of the godfathers of today’s fast-paced, big-scoring, offensive-minded style of pro basketball. There’s no book to prove it. The man who turned nothing into a real cool hand and usually had the last laugh on Sunday was named the 2018 recipient of the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award. (NBA.com)
College basketball's winners and losers after players' final NBA Draft decisions6. North Carolina - This was the expected endgame for this offseason, but UNC deserves a mention. Cam Johnson and Luke Maye could combine to average more than 35 points if all clicks. Kenny Williams is back, too. UNC is shaping up as a top-10 team. Can't ding the Heels for losing Theo Pinson and Joel Berry. They were seniors, so their exits were accounted for. (CBS Sports)
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