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Underclassmen Return Means Stability for UNC Basketball

The announcement that Justin Jackson would return for his junior season was certainly a welcome bit of news for UNC which will enter the 2016-17 season as a likely top ten team and aspirations for a second straight Final Four run. Here is what it all means. For the first time since 2011, UNC will not have an underclassmen depart for the NBA. (Tar Heel Blog)

How Air Jordan Became Crying Jordan

If you’ve spent time on the Internet recently, there’s a good chance you’ve seen an image of Michael Jordan’s tearful face superimposed on someone else’s body. The meme, known as Crying Jordan, became ubiquitous last fall. For those of us who were sentient when Jordan was winning championships, seeing his face become a mocking emblem of sadness and incompetence has been jarring. (The New Yorker)

Justin Jackson is back, what does it mean for UNC?

Justin Jackson is coming back to UNC for his junior season. It's time to celebrate, right?! UNC returns three starters from a Final Four team that was seconds away from forcing overtime in the 2016 National Title game. UNC also brings back Roy's favorite: experienced depth. (Carolina Blue)

Chansky’s Notebook: Jackson’s Back and Better For It

Regardless, the draft combine has been great for Jackson and others with the option of going back to college. It gave them an up-close measuring stick of where they need to be to get drafted and make the NBA. On the positive side, teams learned what a quality kid Jackson is, how hard he works and what an unselfish team player he is. (Chapelboro.com)

Kenny Smith no longer a candidate for Rockets job

Former Houston Rockets guard Kenny Smith will no longer be a candidate to be Rockets head coach, a person with knowledge of the decision said Monday. Smith was described as very impressive and likely to become an NBA head coach if he pursues it, but the Rockets will shift their focus to experienced head coaches and extremely experienced assistants. (Houston Chronicle)

Brice Johnson Has More to Prove

Brice Johnson isn't slowing down. The former UNC forward capped off a First Team All-America season with a national title game appearance, and then immediately shifted to NBA Draft preparations. After a month of training, Johnson attended the NBA Draft Combine, participating in athletic testing and interviews. Johnson said he's spoken to 14 NBA teams. (Inside Carolina)

Lucas: Jackson's Return Stocks Tar Heels

Some thoughts on Justin Jackson’s announcement that he will return to Carolina for his junior season: The 2016-17 Tar Heels now have multiple reliable ways to put the ball in the basket. Joel Berry can score from the perimeter. Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks can score in the paint. And Jackson can score everywhere in-between. UNC will be hard to guard next season. (GoHeels.com)

UNC basketball's 2016-2017 projected starting lineup, depth chart

Now that small forward Justin Jackson is coming back to North Carolina for his junior season, UNC's roster for the 2016-2017 season is complete. Let's examine the starting lineup and depth chart for next season. It's a group that has a wealth of valuable experience and some unknowns that will determine how good the Tar Heels can be next season. (Carolina Blue)

Reactions to Justin Jackson's Return

With Justin Jackson's return, the Tar Heels will again boast a deep and experienced lineup despite the loss of first-team All-America Brice Johnson and UNC career three-point field goal leader Marcus Paige to the professional ranks. The local and national media seemed to like Jackson's decision and its potential impact on the 2016-17 Tar Heels. (GoHeels.com)

Justin Jackson To Return To Carolina For Junior Season

“I’m glad I had the chance to enter the Draft and attend the Combine where I was able to meet with NBA executives and test my game against some of the top players in the country, but after discussing it with my parents and coaches and praying over this decision, the best choice for my basketball future is to play for the Tar Heels next season,” says Justin Jackson. (GoHeels.com)

North Carolina's 'yard sale' brings the shoppers out

Normally items sold -- such as jerseys, shoes and lacrosse sticks -- get forwarded to the state's surplus store because technically, at a public university, the equipment purchased is state property. That is why the Tar Heels didn't just give the jerseys to the former players who used to wear them and it's also why the university had to allow the public equal opportunity to purchase them. (ESPN.com)

At NBA combine, college players crave information

“As far as strengths and weaknesses,” Justin Jackson said, “they’ll give you everything you need to work on.” This is how the Tar Heels swingman learned that he needed to be a more consistent shooter, and how his overall strength was a concern. This is how Maryland’s Melo Trimble heard he needed to improve his lateral quickness on defense. (Sports Illustrated)

North Carolina's Roy Williams praises new Pitt coach Kevin Stallings

Roy Williams’ relationship with Kevin Stallings is a long and cherished one. The North Carolina coach and the newly-hired Pitt coach worked together at Kansas for five years, where the former was the head coach and the latter an up-and-coming assistant. Since then, the pair has kept in touch. Williams even said there are things he uses to break a zone defense that he learned more than two decades ago from Stallings. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Wrapping up the NBA Combine: Paige Finishes Strong, Jackson Struggles

The NBA Combine wrapped up over the weekend. As the only underclassmen of the three UNC players at the combine, Justin Jackson is garnering the most attention from Tar Heel fans who want to know whether he is returning for his junior season or not. If the combine results are an indication, Jackson path to the NBA at this time could be a difficult one. (Tar Heel Blog)

NBA Combine Day Two and Event Recap

Marcus Paige wrapped up a solid and steady week at the NBA Combine with a strong outing in his final game, putting the ball in the basket prolifically, while playing mistake free-basketball and competing nicely on defense. He showed little issue translating his perimeter shot out to the NBA line, even seemingly enjoying the added spacing. (Draft Express)

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