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UNC's Meeks makes most of NBA summer opportunity

Of all the players with state college ties at the event, no one took better advantage of that final opportunity than North Carolina big man Kennedy Meeks. Seeing his most extensive playing time of the tournament -- 27 minutes -- the former Tar Heel put up 18 points and nine rebounds, along with three assists for the Toronto Raptors in their 78-75 overtime loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. (North State Journal)

Tony Bradley shines in final Summer League game

On Friday night, Tony Bradley put together the best overall performance of his young career. In 26 minutes of play, the former Tar Heel center scored a game-high 19 points on 8-of-10 from the floor and 3-of-4 from the free throw line. He also recorded eight rebounds, two blocks, an assist and zero turnovers in what was easily his most efficient performance to date. (Keeping It Heel)

Justin Jackson among Kings rookies who should help right away

Justin Jackson, De’Aaron Fox and Frank Mason III showed why the Kings are high on their potential. Fox’s speed could already put him among the fastest players in the NBA. Jackson is an old soul on the court. The small forward already shows he can be trusted. The same could be said of Mason. Fox and Jackson figure to be in the rotation to start the season. (Sacramento Bee)

NBA Summer League: Kennedy Meeks continues hot play

Former University of North Carolina center Kennedy Meeks wasn’t selected in the 2017 NBA Draft. He was passed over by 30 teams. Twice. It was a sobering experience for Meeks; one that he said he would never forget. And one that would serve as motivation to prove wrong those who doubted him. So far, Meeks has done just that. (Keeping It Heel)

Pistons' Reggie Bullock says suspension regrettable, will learn from it

Injuries hampered Reggie Bullock in 2016-17, limiting the 6-7 swingman to 31 games. This season, he'll sit out the first five games after being suspended by the NBA for violating the league's anti-drug program. The ban didn't dissuade the Pistons from bringing back Bullock, signing him to a two-year, $5 million contract this week. Bullock addressed the suspension Friday. (MLive.com)

Report: Bucks and John Henson want him traded

The Bucks have too many centers and too high of a payroll. As Milwaukee looks to duck the luxury tax, a center is likely to get moved. Maybe one center in particular. Chris Haynes of ESPN: "Big man John Henson could be a prime trade candidate. There is mutual interest and motivation from both sides on finding the 6-11 center a new home, league sources tell ESPN." (NBC Sports)

Kennedy Meeks' Personality Has Won Over the Raptors and His Game Might, Too

Had you walked into any room that Kennedy Meeks occupied during the course of Las Vegas Summer League this week, your eyes would have been drawn to him immediately. At 6'9", he doesn't necessarily stand out in a sea of NBA players and hopefuls, but there is a palpable gravitational pull from his personality. (VICE Sports)

UNC freshman Sterling Manley shows off hands, length

North Carolina freshman center Sterling Manley enters his college career looking to compete for minutes within an inexperience group of Tar Heel big men. It's always exciting to see what the freshmen can do. This may not be basketball, but Manley impressed recently in a pick-up football game on UNC's campus. (Carolina Blue)

UNC Returning Player Profile – PG Joel Berry II

Joel Berry earned second team All-ACC honors in the regular season and was the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four. Berry will enter the season as a contender for ACC Player of the Year and All-American honors. As a senior, Berry will have full ownership of the team as the starting point guard. He will likely lead the Heels in three-point shooting, assists and scoring. (Carolina Blue)

Michael Jordan's Former Teammates on How MJ Would've Handled the Modern-Day NBA

Michael Jordan's infamous competitive drive made him the GOAT then—and would do the same in today's LeBron James- and Steph Curry-dominated NBA. "He would somehow find a way to beat you—somehow," Will Perdue says. "I'm not sure how. He's not sure how, but he would stay up weeks to figure it out." (Bleacher Report)

CBS Sports Early ACC Basketball Power Rankings

2. North Carolina Tar Heels - Roy Williams wasn't expecting to lose big man Tony Bradley to the NBA, which hurts the Heels. Still, UNC is No. 2 because it landed Cam Johnson, who will be critical to UNC's offense. The Tar Heels won't be as big as a year ago, but 13 league wins is doable. Joel Berry II figures to be one nation's top three point guards. (CBS Sports)

Does Marcus Paige have a chance with the Timberwolves?

Marcus Paige was a four-year player at UNC before being drafted in the second round in 2016. He has a strong drive-and-kick game and is 8-for-20 (40 percent) from three-point range in the three summer games. If the Wolves don’t find a low-cost veteran point guard in free agency or if they decide they want a G-League player for depth, they could do far worse than Paige. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

UNC basketball: New play style for a new crew?

Things will be different this season as the Tar Heels won’t have the luxury of Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks bailing the team out at the end of offensive possessions. It will be up to the incoming big men to provide the glass crashing. The rebounding efforts this season will have to become a collective workload, rather than placed on the shoulders of only two. (Tar Heel Blog)

Roy Williams soaking in title win

UNC head coach Roy Williams is making a point to enjoy this title more. The 2017 National Championship was Coach Williams' third title. It puts him in rare air. Williams discussed how he is treating this championship on the Carolina Insider Podcast with host Jones Angell and Adam Lucas. "I've tried to make myself enjoy this one even more," Williams said. (Carolina Blue)

UNC Returning Player Profile – SG Kenny Williams

2017 Role/Outlook: Kenny Williams will likely battle for extended minutes at two of UNC's wing spots alongside Cam Johnson, Theo Pinson, and Brandon Robinson. His outlook was hindered a little after it was announced that Williams underwent surgery on his right knee in early July. He is expected back in time for the start of preseason workouts. (Carolina Blue)

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 71
Gonzaga: 65
Mon, Apr 3 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Barton College
Fri, Oct 27, 7:30 ET

UNC vs. Northern Iowa
Fri, Nov 10, TBD

UNC vs. Bucknell
Wed, Nov 15, TBD

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Standings
(6) North Carolina14-433-7
(16) Florida State12-626-9
(14) Notre Dame12-626-10
(10) Louisville12-625-9
(7) Duke11-728-9
(24) Virginia11-723-11
Virginia Tech10-822-11
Wake Forest9-919-14
Georgia Tech8-1021-16
NC State4-1415-17
Boston College2-169-23

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