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Thinner Meeks seeks leadership role

Heading into his sophomore season at North Carolina, Kennedy Meeks is looking to do more than merely establish himself as a starter and key contributor for the 2014-2015 Tar Heels. He's looking to join point guard Marcus Paige as one of the leaders on this UNC squad, helping pick up the slack left behind with the departures of James Michael McAdoo and Leslie McDonald. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Dean Smith's former players backing Roy Williams in wake of UNC's academic scandal

Richard Vinroot is adamant that Dean Smith's unstinting focus on academics has not been lost under Roy Williams. Last month he attended the wedding of his nephew, Jack Wooten, a recent UNC player and graduate. His niece, former UNC basketball manager Maggie Wooten, also was at the ceremony, along with other former players. They were unanimous in vouching for Williams' academic commitment. (Yahoo! Sports)

Antawn Jamison calls Rashad McCants a clown

Former UNC basketball star Antawn Jamison called Rashad McCants a "clown" Thursday and also said he would like to finish his NBA career with the Charlotte Hornets. Jamison, who starred for UNC from 1995-98 and had his number retired by the school, said he got to know McCants a little over the years and always noticed both McCants' talent and his lack of focus. (Charlotte Observer)

Marcus Paige finally in comfort zone

Entering his junior season, Marcus Paige is burden-free. And that may actually mean he does less next season as the Tar Heels accomplish more. Paige became the first player to lead the Heels in both scoring (17.5) and assists (4.2) since Jeff McInnis in 1995-96. But with the offensive weapons added to the roster, he doesn't think he'll have to score as much next season. (ESPN.com)

Paige Adding to His Offensive Tricks

Marcus Paige delivered a helping of troubling news to UNC’s future opponents on Thursday when he told reporters that his offseason emphasis has been on improving his offensive skill set. “I just want to get better creating my own shot and then also just extending my 3-point range and getting more consistent with that.” (Inside Carolina)

Marcus Paige has work to do at UNC

Despite a breakthrough season Marcus Paige says he never gave any real consideration to leaving UNC for the NBA. “I just really want to have a chance to do something special here, both individually and as a team,” Paige said. “I haven’t done that yet, so I was pretty much all in from the time we lost.” Those early NCAA losses are a big reason Paige feels he has more work to be done in Chapel Hill. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Marcus Paige Knocks ESPN’s Coach Rankings

ESPN ranked Marcus Paige as the nation’s top point guard on Thursday, although it was ESPN’s coach rankings that had the rising junior in disbelief later in the afternoon. Last month, ESPN ranked Roy Williams as the 16th-best coach in the country, behind up-and-comers such as Fred Hoiberg and Tony Bennett. “That’s kind of ridiculous, honestly,” Paige told reporters. (Inside Carolina)

P.J. Hairston’s agent is not certified — and that's a problem

P.J. Hairston’s agent, Juan Morrow, identifies himself as a “certified player agent” on his website and social media profiles for his agency, Upside Media Group. According to the National Basketball Players Association, that’s not true. In fact, Robert Gadson, director of the NBPA’s Security and Agent Administration Department said Thursday that there is “no record of a Juan Morrow in (the NBPA’s) files." (Sporting News)

Summer Interviews: Marcus Paige and Nate Britt

The UNC basketball summer interview tour continued today with Nate Britt and Marcus Paige briefing the media on what they've been doing since the end of the 2013-14 season. The biggest question for Nate Britt was why he switched shooting hands. Britt played last season using his left hand to shoot. A few weeks ago he decided to change to his right hand which he says is more comfortable. (Tar Heel Blog)

Video: One-on-one with Kennedy Meeks

Jones Angell sits down with North Carolina sophomore center Kennedy Meeks to talk about his summer, conditioning and the upcoming season. View Video...

P.J. Hairston: Chance meeting at grocery store led to car swap with Josh Gordon

Charlotte Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston says he met Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon at a Triangle grocery store, which eventually led to Gordon driving Hairston’s Cadillac when he was arrested on a DWI charge in Raleigh. According to Hairston, he switched cars with Gordon that night, taking Gordon’s Mercedes. (Charlotte Observer)

UNC legend Phil Ford shoots advice, scores with kids

A 7-year-old once asked the great Phil Ford to show him how to do Allen Iverson’s crossover dribble. Iverson, who was a fantastic point guard for the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, could dribble with both hands — the 7-year-old couldn’t go left, Ford said. Fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Turner's Take: Transforming Body and Mind

Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks addressed the media Wednesday afternoon at the Smith Center. The two are both undergoing transformations ahead of their sophomore seasons. For Meeks, it’s a physical transformation. As a freshman, he was a key component in the post in stretches off of the bench. Meeks’ physical transformation continues this summer. (GoHeels.com)

Stilman White embraces return

Stilman White is back to what he knows, back from a Mormon mission that forced him to bear blisteringly cold northern Utah winters, talk to strangers and hardly touch a basketball. “I was a little sad leaving Chapel Hill because I had gotten comfortable and happy,” White said. “I knew it was going to be here when I got back.” (Daily Tar Heel)

Vince Carter may be over the hill, but he can still help a team win

There are still crushed anklebones and shattered rims in most of the basketball arenas in which Vince Carter has played. The aerial artist that brought the NBA slam dunk contest – thought long gone since the days of Jordan and Wilkins — to a summit; who brought us “le dunk de la mort” en route to a gold medal in Sydney; who brought Vinsanity to every home in the country—is entering the final period of his career. (Washington Post)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 68
Boston College: 65
Tue, Feb 9 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Pittsburgh
Sun, Feb 14, 1:00 ET ACCN Tickets

UNC vs. Duke
Wed, Feb 17, 9:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. Miami
Sat, Feb 20, 1:00 ET CBS Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
(9) North Carolina9-220-4
(7) Virginia9-320-4
(12) Miami8-319-4
(13) Louisville8-319-5
Notre Dame8-417-7
Florida State6-616-8
Virginia Tech5-713-12
Georgia Tech3-813-11
NC State2-912-12
Wake Forest1-1110-14
Boston College0-117-17

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