Day one of NBA combine leaves many questions about Justin JacksonJustin Jackson went into day one of the NBA Draft Combine with plenty to prove. As a rising junior with the option to return to North Carolina, he hoped to answer the criticisms that many scouts had about his frame and shooting consistency. Even though he struggled shooting, Jackson showcased his ability to get out in transition on multiple occasions. (Carolina Blue)
Brice Johnson at the NBA CombineBrice Johnson was one of many NBA hopefuls to participate in the first day of the NBA Combine in Chicago on Thursday. Even Coach Roy Williams was on hand to watch Johnson, alongside Marcus Paige, and Justin Jackson. The star forward might have grown a little since leaving Chapel Hill. Johnson measured taller than expected at 6'10.5", with a 7'2" wingspan. (Carolina Blue)
NBA Combine Day One: Jackson Decision at 50/50?NBA scouts indicated Marcus Paige performed close to expectations while Justin Jackson did not. Jackson's ability to make shots is the key to his draft value. Clearly he will need to do more than he did on Thursday if he intends to impress NBA personnel. Jackson said in interviews that he is "50-50" regarding his decision to stay in or return to UNC. (Tar Heel Blog)
Sorry, Rasheed, the Ball Does LieThis is where Rasheed Wallace may want to stop reading. Because yes, the ball does lie. In the last two seasons, there have been 177 free throws that were the direct results of 92 incorrect calls in the final minutes of close games, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis. We identified all those free throws, and then used them as a polygraph test. It did not pass. (Wall Street Journal)
Video: Marcus Paige at the NBA CombineMarcus Paige talked with Campus Insiders at the 2016 NBA Combine and said that his game is very similar to that of Memphis Grizzlies' guard Mike Conley. Marcus also talks about how much 4 years at UNC meant to him, and how he still thinks about the end of the NCAA Title game every day.
2015-16 Pistons Profile: Reggie BullockReggie Bullock will again have to fight for minutes in training camp as the Pistons will get back Jodie Meeks, who went into 2015-16 entrenched as the No. 2 shooting guard. But if Bullock continues to shoot 40 percent from the 3-point line, runs the floor, plays sound defense and helps the offense with his ball movement and quick decisions, it will be tough to deny him a role. (Detroit Pistons)
Justin Jackson, Marcus Paige, Cat Barber play five-on-five at NBA draft combineJustin Jackson, who could return to UNC for his junior season or stay in the draft, was on a team that played against former UNC point guard Marcus Paige in the second scrimmage. Jackson shot 2-for-8 from the field and 1-for-4 from 3-point range while scoring seven points. Paige had eight points, five assists, three steals and one turnover in 23 minutes. (Fayetteville Observer)
NBA Combine Report: Day 1Thursday marked the first day of the NBA Combine in Chicago. It's an important day for the professional prospects of Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson, and an important day for the information gathering process of Justin Jackson. Johnson measured a little taller than expected, but also a little lighter. To the surprise of no one, Paige's body fat is almost nonexistent: (GoHeels.com)
UNC Basketball: Top Kennedy Meeks plays from 2015-16Last season was not Kennedy Meeks’ best. He suffered a knee injury this past year and missed seven games right around the new year. Though UNC went 7-0 during that span, in a large part to the inspired play of Brice Johnson, the Tar Heel faithful know they wouldn’t have made it to the National Championship without the big man in the middle. (Slideshow format) (Keeping It Heel)
UNC Student-Athletes Become Pen Pals With Local Elementary StudentsIt started small, with UNC student-athletes writing to a single class of fifth-graders in the fall of 2013. This year, more than 350 Carolina student-athletes exchanged letters every few weeks with students in the second through fifth grades at New Hope. Today, Tar Heel kicker Nick Weiler helps coordinate the program on the student-athlete side. (GoHeels.com)
Roy Williams prepares for knee replacement surgeryNorth Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams will have knee replacement surgery on his right knee later this month, but he has not decided if he will have his left knee replaced, the school announced Thursday. Williams, 65, had surgical procedures on both knees last summer and walked with a painful-looking limp throughout the 2015-16 season. (Fayetteville Observer)
Should Justin Jackson leave for the NBA?The 2016 NBA Combine began Wednesday in Chicago, and Justin Jackson, a rising junior forward on the North Carolina men’s basketball team, Is one of 70-plus participants showcasing their talents in front of professional coaches and scouts. On April 22, Jackson, along with rising senior Kennedy Meeks, declared for the NBA draft. (Daily Tar Heel)
Tyler Hansbrough was the Charlotte Hornets' quintessential emergency bigWhen looking back at the Charlotte Hornets' 2015-16 season, Tyler Hansbrough isn't a player you might thank for helping the team win 48 games. However, as an energetic big who knows how to defend, work hard, and only receives the veteran's minimum, he was a definite luxury to have on the roster. (At The Hive)
Video: UNC Athletics Tar Heel Yard Sale PreviewThe University of North Carolina Athletic Department will hold a surplus equipment Yard Sale on Saturday, May 14, from 7 a.m.-noon at the Eddie Smith Field House.
Antawn Jamison Partners With Camp Corral To Support Military ChildrenFormer UNC All-America, NBA veteran and All-Star Antawn Jamison has partnered with nonprofit Camp Corral to support military children across the nation. Jamison will serve as an official spokesperson for Camp Corral, an organization that provides free summer camp experiences for children of wounded, disabled or fallen military service members. (GoHeels.com)
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