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Fan Town Hall addresses social responsibilities of athletes

Do today's African-American athletes bear any responsibility to commenting on social issues? George Lynch, who played for Dean Smith, said the legendary coach encouraged them to speak up if they had something to say. He also noted that it is tougher for low-profile athletes to get heard. "As players, we do a lot of things in the community, but unless you are a bigger name, you don't get recognized." (WRAL Sports Fan)

Lucas: Words Of Wisdom

It’s well documented that current Tar Heels receive a huge advantage in the summer when they participate in pickup games against a host of Carolina basketball alumni. Usually, they’re gaining on-court wisdom—how to defend a certain screen or how to develop an offensive counter move to a favorite play. Sometimes, though, it’s a little more subtle. (GoHeels.com)

Roy Williams Discusses Theo Pinson, Improvements

On ESPNU's College Basketball podcast with hosts Andy Katz and Seth Greenberg, Roy Williams detailed what expects from Theo Pinson for the 2016-2017 season. "I think he can (have a different role this year) and we need him to be ready," Williams explained. "His shot --- he has to be able to shoot the ball in the basket and maintain his focus." (Carolina Blue)

Starter, bench or DNP: Tyler Zeller ready for any role with Celtics

The NBA is full of highs and lows for players. Few understand this as well as Tyler Zeller, a player who has gone from starting to being a backup to not playing at all. And through it all, you never heard him gripe about it. It’s among the many reasons you hear teammates talk about how much they respect the way he's handled some difficult situations. (CSN New England)

Roy Williams on the changes in the recruiting landscape

Recruiting has changed a lot since Roy Williams arrived at North Carolina before the 2003-2004 season. Now entering his 14th season, Williams, a self-described old-school guy, must navigate the confusing world of AAU, shoe companies, handlers, "mentors", and aspects of social media that didn't exist a few years back. (Carolina Blue)

Athlon Sports' 2016-17 College Basketball Top 25

Basketball season is still months away, but to celebrate the arrival of the Athlon Sports 2016-17 College Basketball preview, we’re giving you a snapshot of the year ahead with our top 25. No. 6 - North Carolina: Some of the star power is gone, but North Carolina is expecting Joel Berry II and Justin Jackson to step up for Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson. (Athlon Sports)

Roy Williams knows Isaiah Hicks has to step up in 2016-2017

On a recent episode of ESPNU's college basketball podcast hosted by Andy Katz and Seth Greenberg, UNC head coach Roy Williams was about a two players that need to step up for the Heels during the 2016-2017 season. The first name that Williams spoke about was a senior forward who is expected to have a big role this season. "Its probably Isaiah Hicks," Williams said. (Carolina Blue)

Sources: Ty Lawson agrees to deal with Sacramento Kings

Free-agent guard Ty Lawson has agreed to a one-year contract with the Sacramento Kings, league sources told The Vertical. Lawson visited with Kings officials and coaches on Saturday in Sacramento and had planned to meet with New Orleans Pelicans officials early this week – until the Kings offered him a deal on Sunday, league sources said. (Yahoo! Sports)

Roy Williams on Marcus Paige's senior speech: "That is the moment you live for"

Former UNC point guard Marcus Paige made a senior speech that will live in Carolina and college basketball lore. What the now Utah Jazz guard said about Coach Roy Williams particularly stood out. It was emotional. It was touching. It was heartfelt. It was well. The whole thing went viral. (Carolina Blue)

Mavericks' Harrison Barnes pops the question to his girlfriend

Harrison Barnes is having an offseason to remember. After signing his $94 million deal with Dallas, Barnes went to Brazil to represent the United States in the Summer Olympics, where he won himself a gold medal. So how do you top both of those accomplishments? Barnes did so by getting engaged to his girlfriend, style coach Britt Johnson. (Dallas Morning News)

How former UNC athletes fared in the 2016 Rio Olympics

Fifteen athletes competing in the games were former Tar Heels. Of those 15, only one former UNC athlete came home with a medal. Despite a notorious lack of playing time, Harrison Barnes won gold with the USA Men’s Basketball Team. (Tar Heel Blog)

Harrison Barnes doesn't get any respect

Harrison Barnes doesn’t get any respect. Google his name and a picture of Kyrie Irving shows up. Seriously. It doesn’t stop there. Since the Dallas Mavericks signed him to a four-year, $94 million contract this summer Barnes has been under almost constant scrutiny. I’ve done so, as has my colleague Andrew Tobolowsky. We’re certainly not alone. Our current media climate is full of critics, after all. (WFAA)

Here are some ways Harrison Barnes can score and facilitate within the Mavs’ offense

One of the biggest questions on Mavs fans’ minds heading into this season is just how Dallas plans on expanding Harrison Barnes’ role within the offense as he begins the process of becoming a focal point. The hope is Barnes can eventually become a cornerstone-type player for the franchise, after inking a deal with the Mavericks reported to be worth $94 million over four years. (Dallas Mavericks)

Watch Harrison Barnes Put The Country’s No. 1 High School Freshman Through A Workout

Harrison Barnes is paying it forward. Watch as Barnes, who recently signed a max contract with the Dallas Mavericks, takes top 2020 prospect Kyree Walker through an NBA-level workout. Walker is only a freshman, but he is considered the No. 1 prospect in his high school class and, much like Barnes, scouts are already salivating about his potential. (Uproxx)

Pistons' Reggie Bullock opens up on transgender sister's murder

Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Bullock endured a family tragedy in 2014, as his transgender sister was beaten to death in Baltimore. Born as Kevin Long, Bullock's oldest sibling transitioned to become Mia Henderson. Bullock talked a bit about the situation on "The Herd with Colin Cowherd" today on Fox Sports 1. (Detroit Free Press)

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Boston College1-08-3
(19) Florida State0-09-0
(7) North Carolina0-09-1
(6) Miami0-08-0
Virginia Tech0-08-1
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