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UNC lineup still flush without Tokoto

UNC still is built to contend for the 2016 national championship. Even with J.P. Tokoto this week announcing he’d declare for the NBA draft — he came out of nowhere with that — UNC still will be a heavyweight next season. Losing Tokoto is kind of a big deal. For all of his clanked jumpers and turnovers, he’s a supremely athletic guy capable of really guarding the perimeter. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Tokoto's Decision?

J.P. Tokoto is gone. He's not coming back, so don't read into the not-signing-an-agent talk. As forgiving a man as Roy Williams is, as devoted and loyal to his players as the UNC coach is, there's no way he could accept Tokoto back after his comments to THI parent company Yahoo! Sports this week. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Video: Tokoto's best dunks at UNC

J.P. Tokoto's decision to enter the 2015 NBA draft was shocking to many. While there is a glimmer of hope that the 6-foot-6 wing from Wisconsin could return to Chapel Hill for his senior season (he will not sign an agent), it is clear his intention is to improve his draft stock and work to get selected by an NBA club this summer (Carolina Blue)

Dean Smith welcomed first female manager to basketball family

A lifelong Tar Heels basketball fan, Julie Dalton Loos knew she wanted to be connected to the Carolina basketball program when she arrived in Chapel Hill 1979. After an attempt to join the cheerleading squad failed to get Loos courtside, she took more drastic measures: she wrote coach Dean Smith a letter to ask if he could use front office help – or if she could possibly join the team as a manager. (University Gazette)

Season in review: Kennedy Meeks

Kennedy Meeks' second year in Chapel Hill was a slight let down from the high expectations put on him after his freshman year. He was not the go-to scorer many thought he could be. Injury, sickness, and fatigue could all be to blame as to why Meeks was unable to maintain consistency. The potential is there for a 15-point, eight rebound guy. His junior season should give him a chance to realize that production. (Carolina Blue)

J.P. Tokoto takes a gamble with early exit

J.P. Tokoto is gambling that he can improve his game in time for the June 25 NBA draft. He said he plans to skip his senior season at UNC and see how he makes out against pros. If Tokoto doesn't hire an agent then he has until April 26 to withdraw from the NBA draft, although the way he expressed himself made it sound like he's committed to turning pro. (Durham Herald-Sun)

J.P. Tokoto sees an opening when he passes on his senior year

J.P. Tokoto revealed Wednesday that he's leaving school early and declaring for the NBA Draft. A 6-foot-5 wing with an unreliable jump shot and no guarantee of being drafted, Tokoto told Yahoo! Sports that he can be "more than just the defensive player who can occasionally dunk the ball. I know I can be so much more, but I'm not sure that I'm pushed to be that much more (in college)." (Fayetteville Observer)

J.P. Tokoto Declares For NBA Draft

UNC junior forward J.P. Tokoto announced last evening his intention to enter the 2015 NBA Draft. “J.P. and I have had multiple meetings since the end of the season, including one yesterday afternoon,” says UNC head coach Roy Williams. “He has made the decision to enter the NBA Draft at this time. We support J.P. in his decision and will continue to assist him as he pursues his dream of playing professional basketball." (GoHeels.com)

Tyler Hansbrough Victimizes Gerald Henderson Again (photo)

Hornets' hope-crushing loss to Raptors included this UNC on Duke crime. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC's J.P. Tokoto to declare for the 2015 NBA draft

North Carolina Tar Heels junior J.P. Tokoto will enter the 2015 NBA draft, he told Yahoo Sports on Wednesday. Tokoto, an All-ACC first-team defender for the Tar Heels, forgoes his final year of college eligibility with a clear knowledge of his standing among league executives. Tokoto, 21, won’t initially sign with an agent, he said, which would give him the freedom to withdraw from the June draft prior to the April 26 early entry deadline. (Yahoo! Sports)

Impact of J.P. Tokoto's Departure

There will be plenty of discussion of J.P. Tokoto's decision to enter the NBA Draft and dissect his quotes. The nature of his announcement and the quotes themselves make it clear, barring injury, Tokoto isn't coming back to Chapel Hill despite leaving the door open by not hiring an agent. With UNC losing an underclassmen to the NBA Draft for a fourth consecutive season, here is the potential impact on next season. (Tar Heel Blog)

Everett Case’s gift in 1966 foreshadowed Dean Smith’s in 2015

You probably heard that former North Carolina coach Dean Smith recently left each of his 180 varsity lettermen $200 apiece in his will, asking that the player “enjoy a dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith.” What you probably have not heard is that N.C. State coach Everett Case did something similar in 1966. Case, in fact, left his players more of his money and also divided it in a much different way. (Charlotte Observer)

2 Indiana basketball courts refreshed with help of Kenny Smith

The Final Four brings a lot of attention to the circle city, but it also leaves behind a lasting legacy. Two Indiana basketball courts will be refurbished, thanks to a donation announced Sunday by NBA champion and basketball analyst Kenny Smith. (WISH-TV)

North Carolina Opens 2015-16 as NCAA Favorite

North Carolina will open the 2015-16 season as the favorite to win the championship in men’s college basketball, per Bovada. Odds to win the 2015-16 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: North Carolina 6/1, Kentucky 8/1, Maryland 12/1, Virginia 12/1, Duke 16/1, Kansas 16/1. (Zag's Blog)

Art’s Angle: Carolina-Duke Update

So you think the rivalry is still ebbing and flowing, eh? Duke has now won two national championships since Carolina’s last in 2009. After that 2009 season, Tar Heels could have said the same: we have won two national championships since Duke’s last in 2001. Somehow, it seems a stretch to say (or believe) that Carolina will come back with an NCAA title or two before Duke strips the nets again. (Chapelboro.com)

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