Recap and Expectations: Nate BrittWith an improved jump shot, one would expect Nate Britt to make gains in his scoring ability – something that would take some pressure off of Marcus Paige from carrying the offense like he did so often a season ago. If he can make opposing defenses guard him on the perimeter it will open up the paint offensively for North Carolina’s post players. (Carolina Blue)
Q&A with basketball alum Jerry StackhouseOn Wednesday, former UNC basketball player Jerry Stackhouse sat down for an interview with journalism professor Charlie Tuggle, Sports Focus and The Daily Tar Heel. Stackhouse, the 1995 National Player of the Year, discussed whether or not student-athletes should be paid, as well as how the Power 5 conferences play a role in that payment structure. (Daily Tar Heel)
UNC's plans to renovate or replace Smith Center “on the back burner”North Carolina still has interest in renovating the Smith Center or building a new arena to replace it, but those plans “have been pretty much on the back burner for 12 months,” UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham said in an interview earlier this week. Cunningham has publicly expressed a desire to renovate the Smith Center, which opened in 1986, and add premium features – like luxury suites – that could generate more revenue. (Charlotte Observer)
Freshmen ImpressionsNorth Carolina’s preseason trip to the islands provided a glimpse into the potential of its highly-touted freshman class. The rookie trio of Joel Berry Justin Jackson, and Theo Pinson played significant minutes in UNC’s pair of exhibition games at the Sir Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium south of downtown Nassau over the weekend. The trio’s versatility stood out during the pair of exhibition contests. (Inside Carolina)
Confidence key as UNC's Isaiah Hicks looks to rebound from quiet seasonIsaiah Hicks’ breakout performance in the Bahamas certainly didn’t surprise his high school coach, Oxford Webb’s Leo Brunelli, who had a front-row seat when the 6-foot-8 Hicks scored 34 points, grabbed 30 rebounds and blocked seven shots in a 2013 state championship game victory. Hicks displayed a familiar look of confidence as he visited his alma mater earlier this offseason. (Fayetteville Observer)
UNC Basketball Bahamas RecapBasketball season does not officially open until October, but North Carolina is getting a jump on its preseason prep and extending summer vacation all in one trip. The Tar Heels split the two games, dropping the first to the Providence Storm 84-83 before defeating the Bahamas All-Stars 109-52. These games aren’t foolproof predictors for the upcoming season, but the chance to play against other teams so early in preseason preparation is invaluable. (Carolina Blue)
Video: UNC vs. Providence Storm Full Game ReplayWatch a replay of the Tar Heels' 84-83 loss to the Providence Storm Friday in Nassau in this YouTube video divided into four parts: 1st Quarter, 2nd Quarter, 3rd Quarter, 4th Quarter.
Video: UNC vs. Bahamas All-Stars Full Game ReplayWatch a replay of the Tar Heels' 109-52 win over the Bahamas All-Stars Saturday in Nassau in this YouTube video divided into four parts: 1st Quarter, 2nd Quarter, 3rd Quarter, 4th Quarter.
UNC finds its shooting touch, ends Bahamas hoop trip with winThe North Carolina basketball team arrived in the Bahamas on Thursday. Apparently, its shooting touch arrived Saturday. Twenty-four hours after going 3 for 25 from 3-point range in a disappointing loss to the Providence Storm, the Tar Heels made seven of their 13 attempts from beyond the arc and shot 61 percent overall in a 109-52 win against the Bahamas All-Stars. (Wilmington Star News)
Isaiah Hicks Stands OutWhile North Carolina may return three starters and five of its top-seven scorers from last season’s squad, it was sophomore forward Isaiah Hicks that led the team in scoring in its pair of exhibition games on Friday and Saturday. Hicks averaged 1.2 points on 41.7 percent shooting in 7.3 minutes during his rookie season. He was also playing out of position. (Inside Carolina)
UNC Bounces Back Against Bahamas All-StarsUNC wrapped up its first Bahamas trip of the 2014-15 season with a 109-52 exhibition victory over the Bahamas All-Stars on Saturday. There was some question as to whether or not UNC’s second game. The All-Stars were evidently working on island time, as the first three players didn’t arrive at the facility until five minutes prior to the 5pm scheduled tip-off. (Inside Carolina)
Video: UNC vs. Bahamas All-Stars Game HighlightsWatch selected footage from North Carolina's 109-52 exhibition game win against the Bahamas All-Stars on Saturday in Nassau. (Inside Carolina)
Isaiah Hicks Leads UNC To 109-52 Win Over Bahamas All-StarsSophomore forward Isaiah Hicks led three Tar Heels in double figures with 19 points and UNC shot 61 percent from the floor in a 109-52 win over the Bahamas All-Stars in an exhibition game on Saturday. Freshman Justin Jackson and senior Desmond Hubert added 16 and 12 points, respectively, for the Tar Heels, who split a pair of exhibition games played in Nassau. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Roy Williams Ice Bucket ChallengeRoy Williams and his staff took N.C. attorney general Roy Cooper up on his challenge to raise awareness for ALS research. Williams in turn challenged his team and football coach Larry Fedora to take the challenge prior to the football opener on Aug. 30.
Tar Heels Fall 84-83 In BahamasErnest Saunders dropped in a three-pointer from the right wing with 18.1 seconds to play to cap a 14-5 run and give the Providence (Bahamas) Storm an 84-83 exhibition game victory over UNC Friday in Nassau. The Tar Heels led 78-70 after a Justin Jackson basket with three minutes to go, but the Storm scored seven straight points, the final three on a long-range jumper by Deandre Auton. (GoHeels.com)
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