Ames native Harrison Barnes in store for life-changing offseasonAmes native Harrison Barnes will spend the summer reflecting on a hectic season, working on a new (and likely massive) contract and spending time back in his home state. It’ll be a busy few months for the Golden State Warriors star, who will find time to visit Iowa even in the midst of what should be a profitable and busy offseason. (Des Moines Register)
Brice Johnson Is Coming To The NBA To Block Shots And Hurt FeelingsBrice Johnson is the quiet, unassuming type whose demeanor presents a complex duality. Johnson burns with passion on the court, but he isn’t outwardly emotional off the floor. Johnson spoke with Dime Magazine as he prepares for the draft, discussing everything from not starting as a freshman in high school to his love of blocking shots. (Uproxx)
Video: 2016 UNC Players vs Alumni Basketball GameTar Heel basketball alumni currently playing in the NBA and overseas reunited in Chapel Hill this week to help out at the Roy Williams basketball camp and also teach a thing or two to the current UNC players in the annual Alumni-Player scrimmage.
Brice Johnson slated to work out for Philadelphia 76ersPer The Philadelphia Inquirer's Keith Pompey, the Philadelphia 76ers were scheduled to work out North Carolina product Brice Johnson and local talent Quenton DeCosey, among others on Wednesday, in preparation for the NBA draft. The Sixers, who have an abundance of bigs, would be hard pressed to find ideal minutes for Johnson. (Liberty Ballers)
Shammond Williams joins Western Kentucky coaching staffWestern Kentucky men’s basketball head coach Rick Stansbury announced Wednesday the hiring of Shammond Williams and Quannas White as assistant coaches for the 2016-17 season. Williams and White – former standout players at major college programs – both join the Hilltoppers after serving on the staff at Tulane. (Louisville Courier-Journal)
2016 CBS Sports Classic to be played at Las Vegas' new T-Mobile ArenaThe third annual CBS Sports Classic will take place on Dec. 17 in Las Vegas next season. Where, specifically? T-Mobile Arena. T-Mobile Arena is brand new; it just opened in April. Plopped right on the Strip, it sits between the Monte Carlo and New York, New York hotel/casinos. The 2016 tilts will feature UNC vs. Kentucky and UCLA vs. Ohio State. (CBS Sports)
Jay Bilas has high praise for Marcus PaigeESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas had some high praise for former UNC guard Marcus Paige. “I haven’t covered a better kid. Just an amazing young man and has had a great college career. I absolutely believe that he can play in the NBA. I do not think he’s going to be drafted...but if he can play the point, I think he can find a place." (Carolina Blue)
Twenty Years Apart, Signature Moments for LeBron James and Michael JordanTwenty years apart, Michael Jordan and LeBron James wept unashamedly after winning an N.B.A. championship on Father’s Day. When tears for a title flow, the heart of the game is bared, and those who form its soul become clearer in focus. Largely in sorrow, Jordan sobbed on the locker room floor of United Center in Chicago on June 16, 1996. (New York Times)
Jay Bilas raves about Brice JohnsonWhen the Golden State Warriors come to their first round pick, there’s an All-American player that ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas said he would target. “There's one guy that I expect to be gone by then, but I wouldn't hesitate on if he's still there, and I think he's kind of a steal there, and that's Brice Johnson of North Carolina.” (247 Sports)
After Finals loss, focus shifts to Kevin Durant, Harrison BarnesHarrison Barnes went 5 for 32 in the last three games of the NBA Finals, bricking open 3s to the point that the Cleveland Cavaliers barely needed to defend him. Barnes is a restricted free agent and a max salary for him would start at $22 million. It sounds totally bonkers, but he could still get that kind of money. (CBS Sports)
NBA Draft Preview: Brice Johnson & Marcus PaigeIn Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige, though, Williams is sending a pair of four-year college players who appear ready to contribute in some form no matter where they end up. This preview will try to project where these two best friends will be drafted–and why–while also laying out a best-case scenario for each. (Chapelboro.com)
Rasheed Wallace reminisces about Pacers/Pistons brawlThis week, former Piston Rasheed Wallace was the latest in an eclectic cast of analysts, celebrities and former NBA players to share the airwaves with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols on her new hoops show, The Jump. Wallace, Nichols and Steven Jackson talked about the NBA finals and a variety of basketball topics, including LeBron’s 48 Special game against Detroit, before ending the show by discussing the infamous Malice at the Palace. (PistonPowered)
NBA draft picks under Roy WilliamsFormer UNC players Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige both hope to hear their named called on Thursday night in the 2016 NBA Draft. Johnson is projected as a late first round pick, while Paige hopes to be chosen in the second round. If both get selected, they will join a long line of UNC NBA draft picks coached by Roy Williams. Check out the list. (Carolina Blue)
Anonymous NBA Scout's Take on Brice JohnsonOn Brice Johnson: "Best rebounder in the draft. Quick off his feet. Best paint finisher in college this year, so I don't see how that guy fails. Guys who rebound at that pace, they can do it at the next level. I don't think he always plays hard. I believe he's eventually going to be an NBA three-point shooter because he's got a good stroke." (Campus Rush)
Video: Brice Johnson Will Spend A Long Time In NBA - Seth Davis BreakdownBrice Johnson enjoyed a breakout season for NUNC in 2015-16 and has put himself in position to be selected in the 2016 NBA Draft. Campus Insiders' Seth Davis tells how Johnson is equipped to be a force in the offensive post already and predicts a lengthy NBA career for the UNC star.
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