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Previewing UNC Basketball's High-Impact Underclassmen

Last season, no freshman played more than 15 minutes in any game. Now sophomores, these underclassmen, in addition to UNC's top-ten-ranked recruiting class, will play pivotal roles for North Carolina. Let's take a look at the underclassmen who will make the biggest impact for the Tar Heels: Tony Bradley, Kenny Williams, and Seventh Woods. (Carolina Blue)

Warriors' Harrison Barnes investigates local sports columnist Marcus Thompson's Oakland roots

It had been years since I'd been to the house where I grew up....And here I was, spitting distance from the porch where I sat and daydreamed. Around the corner from the stage I recited the "I Have a Dream" speech at an assembly. Four houses down from the girl who gave me a kiss on the cheek in exchange for my pack of Mystery Mix Now & Laters. And all because Warriors forward Harrison Barnes cared enough to ask. (San Jose Mercury News)

Tobacco Road teams loaded for 2016-17

Compared to the beginning of last weekend, all three Tobacco Road teams have a better idea of what their rosters will look like for next season. For Duke, it was a late signee who filled the last open scholarship. For UNC, it was the return of a starter who was testing the NBA waters as an underclassman. For NC State, it was a combination of both. (Today's U)

That one time Magic Johnson tried to trash-talk Michael Jordan

Magic Johnson told late-night host Jimmy Kimmel that he only talked trash once during his 13-year NBA career — and Michael Jordan was his target. It happened when both Hall of Famers were practicing for the 1992 Olympics with the "Dream Team." "This is the fourth day, and we got out on them by 12-2, so I said I 'm going to really rattle his chain," Johnson said. (Chicago Tribune)

Britt-Jenkins bond stengthened by one shining moment

North Carolina's Nate Britt and Villanova's Kris Jenkins joined the Sports Shop Friday, revealing how the Wildcat's National Title winning buzzer-beater brought the brothers together. "After that game, we talked about how the game went, we talked about the shot a little bit. You could say it brought us closer because we talked a lot more after that shot." (WRAL Sports Fan)

Marcus Paige Works Out For Milwaukee Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks end a run of three consecutive draft workouts Friday and will get a chance to see North Carolina guard Marcus Paige, who helped lead the Tar Heels to the NCAA Tournament title game. Paige is ranked as the No. 66 overall prospect by DraftExpress and recently competed in the draft combine in Chicago. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Jackson’s return brings UNC, Duke back to ACC forefront

Justin Jackson deciding to pull out of the NBA Draft and return to UNC bolsters the fact the Tar Heels aren’t going anywhere, even after losing Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige. It also highlights that the ACC we all grew to know and love is returning to form with UNC and Duke settling in as the clear favorites to finish at the top of the ACC standings. (Today's U)

Chansky’s Notebook: Blue Bloods Running Red Hot

The Carolina-Duke rivalry is heating up in May. The Tar Heels are buoyed by Kennedy Meeks and Justin Jackson returning to school, giving UNC three returning starters and another roster that will go at least 10 deep with experience and quality youth. And Duke just keeps adding five-star recruits with the signing of 6-10 center Marques Bolden. (Chapelboro.com)

Photos: Young Michael Jordan

Before the "Crying Jordan" meme took control of social media, there was the high-flying, slam-dunking, sports merchandise game-changing Michael Jordan who dominated the NBA. Take a look back at Michael Jordan from his playing days at North Carolina, with the Chicago Bulls, and yes, his brief minor-league baseball career. (Newsday)

UNC basketball assistant coach takes subtle shot at Duke

After the Duke Blue Devils landed another five-star commitment in the form of 2016's No. 1 center Marques Bolden, UNC assistant basketball coach C.B. McGrath took to twitter and sent a subtle shot at the team down the road. "And despite all the hype - last 6 years - ZERO ACC regular season championships! You figure it out." (Carolina Blue)

Spurs' Danny Green undergoes LASIK eye surgery

For most of the season, San Antonio Spurs sharpshooter Danny Green wasn't so sharp. Maybe it was his rhythm, maybe it was diminished opportunities, or maybe he just couldn't see where he was shooting. So, using a modest portion of that $40 million contract he signed last summer, Green decided to fix the problem with LASIK surgery. (San Antonio Express-News)

Pacers willing to give Ty Lawson a longer look

If you thought Ty Lawson had played his way out of Indiana, think again. Despite his postseason disappearance, Lawson is still considered a viable option in the team’s never-ending search for an upgrade at point guard. “I felt comfortable,” Larry Bird said, “when Ty Lawson was here making plays and getting up and down the court.” (1070 The Fan)

NBA Mock Draft Roundup: Post-draft lottery

With this week's NBA draft lottery finished, teams are locked into a draft order and are starting to think more seriously about players who might interest them. Here's a look at where some of the post-lottery mock drafts project Brice Johnson's landing spot. The 2016 NBA Draft is June 23 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. (GoHeels.com)

Jerry Stackhouse may be the best dunking assistant coach ever

Jerry Stackhouse was a high-flying swingman in the NBA for many years. His aerial skills were so good that he competed at the 1996 and 2000 dunk contests, although you have probably forgotten about the latter because, you know, Vince. Now 41 and an assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors, Stackhouse still has some hops left in him. (Hoops Hype)

Sixers 2015-16 player evaluation: Kendall Marshall

It was quite the year for Kendall Marshall, and not in a good way. He missed the first 23 games of the season while rehabbing from a torn ACL. When he returned in December, Marshall was almost immediately handed the keys as the Sixers’ starting point guard. “It’s going to be his job to lose,” coach Brett Brown said at the time. And that’s promptly what he did. (CSN Philly)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 74
Villanova: 77
Mon, Apr 4 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Hawaii
Fri, Nov 18, TBD

UNC @ Indiana
Wed, Nov 30, TBD

UNC vs. Kentucky
Sat, Dec 17, TBD

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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