Marcus Paige Leads Four On ACC Honor RollSecond-team Academic All-America Marcus Paige led four University of North Carolina men's basketball players named to the 2013-14 ACC Academic Honor Roll, announced on Thursday by the league. Joining Paige on the list are teammates Luke Davis, James Manor and Wade Moody. A record 347 UNC student-athletes earned the honor, up from last year's record 329. (GoHeels.com)
Tyler Zeller on trade to Celtics: It was a great surpriseIt won't go down as a blockbuster trade, but the Celtics did acquire a young center this summer in Tyler Zeller from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Zeller was already in store for a crazy week, as he was preparing to marry his then fiance. The news of the trade came a few days before the wedding, and added to the fun. "It was kind of crazy, but it was definitely a good wedding present," Zeller said. (CSN New England)
Knicks Trade Wayne Ellington to Sacramento KingsThe New York Knicks will trade guard Wayne Ellington, forward Jeremy Tyler and a 2016 second-round pick to the Sacramento Kings for forwards Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw, people with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The Kings are expected to waive Tyler and could use the stretch provision on Ellington, who is owed $2.77 million next season. (USA Today)
Bahamas Prep Starts Monday for UNC BasketballUNC’s basketball team will reconvene at the Smith Center on Monday to prepare for its pair of exhibition games in the Bahamas on Aug. 15-16. UNC is scheduled to practice four days in Chapel Hill next week (Aug. 11-14) before departing Thursday for Nassau, according to a team spokesperson. The NCAA allows its basketball teams to take preseason foreign trips once every four years. (Inside Carolina)
Tracking Tar Heel NBA AlumsEight Tar Heels changed teams this summer in the NBA. Here's a complete look at how they might fit in their new homes. Vince Carter, who will switch back to his familiar No. 15 jersey with the Grizzlies, will provide some veteran influence for a young Memphis team. His new organization, which has struggled from the perimeter, will also ask him to provide some three-point reliability. (GoHeels.com)
What would Team USA look like if it only used college players?If collegiate players were to make up our national team, what would that team look like? Here is the roster that we came up with: G Marcus Paige, North Carolina: Paige is a lock to make this team — he might be the NCAA Preseason Player of the Year. He’s a scorer at heart, and few can score like Paige can when he gets into a rhythm. (NBC Sports)
Video: Life of Ty, Volume 3Ty Lawson travels back to Chapel Hill, North Carolina to reconnect with familiar places and faces at his alma mater (UNC). He also launches his new clothing line at Thrill City, of which he is a partial owner.
Video: J.P. Tokoto Dunking All Over the Milwaukee Pro-AmHighlights of North Carolina forward J.P. Tokoto showing off his ridiculous leaping ability in two games at the Milwaukee Pro-Am.
Battle 4 Atlantis Bracket ReleasedNorth Carolina highlights a field of eight teams that will compete in the 2014 Battle 4 Atlantis on November 26-28 on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. The Tar Heels join UCLA, Georgetown, Florida, Wisconsin, Butler, Oklahoma and UAB in the event. UNC will face Butler in the tournament's opener at noon on Wednesday Nov. 26 on ESPN2. The winner will advance to play the winner of UCLA and Oklahoma on Thursday Nov. 27 at 1 p.m. (GoHeels.com)
Marcus Paige places fourth among players that coaches would take over all others this seasonToday's question: If you could pick any Division I player and put him on your team for this season, which Division I player would you pick? On Paige: "He really doesn't get enough credit for what he did for North Carolina last season. Won't surprise me if he's the National Player of the Year." (CBS Sports)
Video: Harrison Barnes “golfs” in an Iowa golf course adHomewood Golf Course in Ames, Iowa is a municipal golf course that offers some amenities that your typical city golf course does not, like booking your tee time online. To help promote this helpful feature, the City of Ames recruited their native son, Golden State Warriors forward, Harrison Barnes, to enlighten golfers. (Hardwood Paroxysm)
12 players who can impact their team's fate in 2014-15: Brice JohnsonBrice Johnson is not a banger. He was listed last year at 210 pounds. But the team has great size in the middle from Kennedy Meeks. Johnson can complement Meeks’ low-post strength by being active, energetic and tough. There have been players whose production did not improve with more playing time; Johnson cannot afford to be one of those. Nearly all of his production has come close to the basket. (Sporting News)
My Carolina Experience: Damion GrantDamion Grant: "I'm thankful for the opportunity to have had an education and to graduate from the best university in the world. I'm thankful to have been a part of a historic and storied basketball program. I'm thankful to have played a part in adding to that history with the 2005 national championship, and I'm thankful for teammates that I still consider brothers to this day. I wouldn't change that for the world." (GoHeels.com)
UNC Switch Shooter Nate Britt Relishing Summer PreparationsNate Britt’s shooting background is interesting to say the least. But he’s changed his mind on his shooting hand after struggling with his accuracy from the field last season. But Britt says it wasn’t his decision alone to make the switch. It was a group call made by his father and coaches. Britt acknowledges that the news may come as a shock to most of the public, but he says it’s no big deal for him personally. (Chapelboro.com)
Jackson Simmons Seeking Strong FinishJackson Simmons’s senior season at North Carolina has finally arrived and he’s intent on providing even more contributions on his way out. “The road is coming to an end; this is my senior year,” Simmons told reporters recently at the Smith Center. “There are a lot of things that we want to accomplish that a lot of these guys in here [wall photos of former Tar Heels] have put up in the rafters.” (Inside Carolina)
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