3 UNC players who will win big when Tar Heels go small

Simply put, the 2017-18 edition of North Carolina basketball will be a new-look group. Most notably, while Roy Williams’ best teams have all been known in part for dominating in the paint, next season’s Tar Heels will likely have to lean more heavily on small ball. Of the team’s six returning scholarship players, these three will benefit the most from smaller lineups: (FanRag Sports)

Tar Heel Born, Tar Heel Bred...

We all have a story about where our love for Carolina comes from. Mine is like a lot of yours, I’m sure, in that it comes from my family. Mom was an unabashed lover of Carolina basketball. Had been as long as I could remember, and so I didn’t have much of a choice but to be a Carolina fan. Every win and loss was celebrated in our house as life and death. (Tar Heel Blog)

Riders QB Marquise Williams impressing coaching staff with work ethic

Marquise Williams got thrown into quite the situation Saturday night when it came to his CFL debut, but he came through. With the Riders down by three late in the game, head coach and general manager Chris Jones decided to let Williams come into the game despite the fact he had limited reps with the team having signed after training camp started. (620 CKRM)

What J.B. Bukauskas brings to the Houston Astros

With the No. 15 pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, the Houston Astros have selected UNC right-handed pitcher J.B. Bukauskas. The 6-foot, 190-pound righty emailed scouts from all 30 teams in 2014, notifying them that he didn’t want to be drafted. The Arizona Diamondbacks took a flier on him in the 20th round, but he held true and started his tenure in Chapel Hill. (FanRag Sports)

Audio: Tar Heel Blog Podcast with C.B. McGrath

On this week’s show, C.B. McGrath joins Tar Heel Blog to talk about his first head coaching job with the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks. Also, we will look back on his 14-year career as the assistant coach for the North Carolina Tar Heels. Plus, we’ll discuss the differences he has experienced so far in being a head coach as opposed to an assistant. (Tar Heel Blog)

Knicks get firsthand look at UNC's Justin Jackson, who is on their radar

The New York Knicks got a firsthand look at Justin Jackson on Tuesday when he worked out in a group setting in Tarrytown, New York. (Jackson’s workout included Louisville’s Jaylen Johnson, Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes and Oregon’s Dillon Brooks.) It was Jackson’s seventh pre-draft workout. He also has workouts scheduled with Indiana, Charlotte, Milwaukee and Portland. (

Video: Tony Bradley NBA Pro Day Workout Video and Interview

Former North Carolina center Tony Bradley is interviewed following his pro day workout in Los Angeles. Bradley recently elected to jump to the NBA following his freshman season at UNC in which the Tar Heels won their 6th NCAA championship. View Video...

Bilas: Cameron Johnson is the perfect example of the transfer rule gone wrong

The Cameron Johnson-Pittsburgh transfer saga ended the way most of these high-profile transfer cases end: with the player being granted a full release after the school he or she is departing is made to look foolish, petty, vindictive or worse. Johnson, a summa cum laude graduate of Pittsburgh, is the poster child for this issue. In the end, after a long and torturous route, Pitt did the right thing. (

Relive UNC’s Championship Night With This Dad and His Daughters

It might be years before Chapel Hill gets another championship night, or perhaps life will take my family out of town all together. But as we drive, they are both passed out in the backseat and I know the insane, happy scenes of Franklin Street and the Dean Dome will stick for a very long time, memories they’ll know could only be from Chapel Hill. (Chapel Hill Magazine)

Matt Harvey's suspension may have been the best thing for him

Just over a month removed from the suspension he received for skipping a game, claiming he had migraines — he later admitted he had stayed out late the previous night and then played golf in the morning — Matt Harvey at least seems refocused on his job. Terry Collins noted the right-hander is either the first player arriving to the ballpark each day or among the first. (New York Post)

Are you paying attention to Andrew Miller's sensational statistics?

Andrew Miller only throws a fastball and a slider, but really, it's so much more than that. He placed a backdoor slider on the outside corner to Yolmer Sanchez for a called third strike in the sixth inning on Sunday. Sanchez shook his head in the batter's box before he retreated to the dugout. Miller now sports a 0.29 ERA (one earned run in 31 1/3 innings). (

James Michael McAdoo notches second NBA Title

Former UNC forward James Michael McAdoo is a two-time NBA Champion. It is the 42nd NBA Championship for a former North Carolina player. A three-year pro, McAdoo was a reserve on the 2017 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors. They defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 to earn their second title in three years. (Carolina Blue)

UNC Basketball Q&A: 2017 SG Andrew Platek (Part 2)

Class of 2017 shooting guard Andrew Platek arrived at UNC on Sunday to start his college basketball career. A 6-4, 190-pound recruit, Platek committed to the Tar Heels on July 18 of 2016. CarolinaBlue spoke with Platek before he arrived on campus to get a breakdown on his expectations as a freshman, his relationship with current players, and watching the 2017 title run. (Carolina Blue)

Logan Warmoth Wins Brooks Wallace Award

Three of the last four winners of the Brooks Wallace Award occupy spots on major league rosters. Very soon, UNC junior shortstop Logan Warmoth could be joining the likes of Alex Bregman, Trea Turner and Dansby Swanson on a pro roster. He also joins other top names as the 2017 winner of the Brooks Wallace Award, which honors the nation's top shortstop. (

UNC Basketball: Jordan Brand/Converse ‘Alumni Pack’ set to release soon

Jordan Brand and Converse are teaming up to release a special pack of shoes that pay homage to Michael Jordan’s time at the University of North Carolina. A special pack featuring a pair of Converse shoes and Air Jordan II’s will bring fans back to when Jordan cut down the nets at UNC in the 1982 National Championship Game. (Keeping It Heel)

Four Corners: Another NBA Title For James Michael McAdoo

Former Tar Heel forward James Michael McAdoo, a reserve for the Golden State Warriors, won his second NBA championship ring Wednesday when the Warriors pulled away from Cleveland to win the title. It was McAdoo's second championship in three pro seasons since leaving UNC after his junior season in 2014. Here's more of the latest news from UNC basketball. (

What Logan Warmoth brings to the Toronto Blue Jays

With the No. 22 pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, the Toronto Blue Jays selected Tar Heels shortstop Logan Warmoth. The middle infielder wasn’t drafted out of Lake Brantly High (Florida), so Warmoth signed on to UNC, where he earned immediate playing time as a freshman. While Warmoth doesn’t have a standout tool, he also doesn’t have any obvious shortcomings. (FanRag Sports)

Michael Jordan’s Shoe Earnings From 2016 Were More Than LeBron, Durant, And Kobe Combined

While all of that is nice, and LeBron made just as much from shoes as he did from hoops last year, no one is even close to touching Michael Jordan on the shoe market. Jordan raked in $110 million — $78 million more than James in second place — from Nike thanks to $2.8 billion in revenues for the 2016 fiscal year for Jordan Brand. (UPROXX)

Why Theo Pinson’s return is important for North Carolina

Theo Pinson may leave Chapel Hill as one of the most sneaky-important players in recent memory. He doesn't put up staggering numbers, but his skill set doesn't call for that. His abilities as a lockdown defender, a playmaker, and a high-energy player continue to be a strong asset to the program. The scary part is that Pinson hasn't reached his ceiling. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC program to train shelter dogs as support animals in jeopardy

UNC PAWS takes dogs from local shelters and trains them to become emotional support animals. Dozens of clients have benefited from the program, which is now in jeopardy. Dr. John Gilmore, the program director, said his staff has always pooled together leftover money and grants to help pay for UNC PAWS. The group turned to a crowd-funding effort to raise $50,000 (donate) by the end of June. (

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