UNC's Isaiah Hicks Turned Down NBA Process for Title RunUnbeknownst to Isaiah Hicks, Roy Williams had sought out feedback from 21 NBA teams on his draft stock along with Justin Jackson and Kennedy Meeks. When Hicks sat down, Williams slid over paperwork already filled out, save for a signature, that would serve to enter the Oxford, N.C. native into the NBA Draft. Hicks immediately turned down the offer. (Inside Carolina)
Video: Roy Williams Media Day One on One with Jones AngellUNC basketball coach Roy Williams sat down with Jones Angell to discuss the ending to last season, off-season knee surgery and what he's looking to get from his team as season practice is underway.
Roy Williams Media Day Q&ARoy Williams on who will take over the leadership role: “The three seniors have done a nice job, but those three juniors are good role models too. Everybody listens to what they say. Nobody is at the level of Marcus yet, but you’re hoping that you see that. I think that we’ll have to see who’s going to do it and who’s going to handle the adversity.” (GoHeels.com)
Video: Roy Williams 2016 Media Day Press ConferenceRoy Williams took questions from the media at the North Carolina's Basketball media day on October 11, 2016.
Lucas: Sophomores Ready For Important LeapLate in the summer, most of the Tar Heels were preparing for a late afternoon pickup game. On one of the Smith Center side baskets, Kenny Williams and Luke Maye were firing jumpers while they waited for the action to begin. A well-informed observer nudged his companion. “Those two guys,” he said, “have been here every single day.” (GoHeels.com)
Video: Roy Williams Mic'd at First Practice - Part 4Go inside the Tar Heels' first basketball practice of the season as North Carolina head coach Roy Williams gets mic'd up in the final part of the series.
Barnstorming event cancelled for 2018, new tourney expected for Las VegasThe barnstorming event put together by Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis for 2018 has been cancelled, multiple sources told FanRag Sports. The event was set to feature Michigan State, Florida, Texas, and North Carolina in three separate venues — New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Sources said that “logistical issues” prevented the event from happening. (Today's U)
Ty Lawson’s speed, leadership continue to impress Kings’ coachSacramento Kings point guard Ty Lawson continues to play with confidence through training camp and the preseason, impressing coach Dave Joerger. Lawson remained in the starting lineup for the Kings’ third preseason game when the Kings hosted Maccabi Haifa of Israel on Monday night in the first game at Golden 1 Center. (Sacramento Bee)
Video: UNC Basketball - Favorite PlayersYour favorite Tar Heel basketball players are set to headline 'Late Night with Roy' but who were the squad's favorite players to watch growing up?
Lucas: Nate Britt Learns From Kendall MarshallAs a nine-year-old growing up in the Washington, D.C. area, Nate Britt had a point guard role model. Britt and his role model shared the court in a prep game just once that Britt can recall, a Bishop O’Connell win over Britt’s Gonzaga squad. This summer, though, he found himself spending virtually every day with Kendall Marshall as both worked on improving their games. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Roy Williams Mic'd at First Practice - Part 3Go inside the Tar Heels' first basketball practice of the season as North Carolina head coach Roy Williams gets mic'd up in part three of this four part series.
College Hoops Contender Series: Three (flawed?) Final Four FavoritesUNC proved a lot of people wrong down the stretch of the season. The knock on them was toughness, both mental and physical. So yeah, all those people that questioned their toughness now have some explaining to do. But there was also another issue with UNC, one that people didn’t talk about as much: Their roster didn’t have all that much NBA talent on it. (NBC Sports)
Is a Change in Scenery All Harrison Barnes Needed?The last time we saw Harrison Barnes, he was missing open shot after open shot in the NBA Finals. The Cavs stopped guarding him halfway through the series, leaving him open at the 3-point line and daring him to beat them. The weird part about their strategy was that Barnes isn’t a bad shooter. (The Ringer)
Tyler Zeller Eager To Earn Bigger Role With Celtics This SeasonBased on how the 2015-16 season played out, Tyler Zeller seemed like a long shot to return to the Boston Celtics upon hitting the free agent market last summer. The 26-year-old center played in a career-low 11.8 minutes per game and saw action in just 60 of 82 games as he was regularly the odd man out in a crowded Boston frontcourt. (CBS Boston)
Clippers rookie Brice Johnson out indefinitely because of herniated disk in lower backLos Angeles Clippers rookie Brice Johnson has a herniated disk in his lower back, the team said Saturday. The Clippers said Johnson is out indefinitely. The club said he first will try to rehab his back with hopes of avoiding surgery. Johnson was injured in the fourth quarter of Wednesday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center. (Los Angeles Times)
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