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Clippers Notes: Rookie Brice Johnson gets chance to contribute

The plays, the running, the competition – Clippers first-round pick Brice Johnson expected that. How strong his new teammates are? That’s a different story. Through two practices, Johnson is still adjusting to how physical the play is in the NBA. Johnson and fellow rookie Diamond Stone will get a chance to assimilate quickly with the Clippers sharing reps in training camp.

Late Night With Roy Details

Late Night With Roy, the 14th annual ceremonial season tipoff for Carolina Basketball, will be the first opportunity to see the defending ACC champions start their 2016-17 season in style. The Tar Heels will welcome fans into the Smith Center on Friday October 14 as the team looks ahead to another promising campaign after last year's Final Four run. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Roy Williams to Speak at NCCU Men’s Basketball Tipoff Banquet

North Carolina Central University men's basketball head coach LeVelle Moton has announced that University of North Carolina men's basketball head coach Roy Williams will serve as the special guest speaker at the inaugural NCCU Men's Basketball Tip-Off Banquet & Auction on Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. in McDougald-McLendon Arena.

Carolina Insider Podcast: Marcus Paige

Former Tar Heel point guard Marcus Paige was back in town last weekend along with Brice Johnson and the rest of their 2016 teammates to receive their NCAA Final Four rings. Prior being honored at Kenan Stadium with the rest of the '16 squad, Paige sat with Jones Angell and Adam Lucas for a lengthy and insightful discussion.

Father of P.J. Washington discusses UNC official visit

Forward P.J. Washington (Dallas, TX/Findlay Prep) took an official visit to North Carolina last weekend. It was the second of four scheduled officials. The 6-7, 225-pound recruit is a major UNC target and the most important recruit for the Tar Heels in the 2017 class. CarolinaBlue spoke with Paul Washington, P.J.'s father and coach, about the two-day visit to UNC.

2019 center D.J. Burns set to visit UNC

Class of 2019 center D.J. Burns (Rock Hill, SC) has set a visit to North Carolina for Nov. 11, according to John Whittle of Burns is a 6-9, 235-pound prospect out of Rock Hill, N.C. He is ranked as the No. 10 center and the No. 111 player in the 2019 class, per the 247Sports Composite.

Report: Houston Rockets sign P.J. Hairston to training camp deal

The Houston Rockets have added more depth to their wing positions. Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports that the Rockets have signed P.J. Hairston to a training camp deal, with the team holding exclusive D-League rights to the veteran. Hairston last played with the Memphis Grizzlies during the 2015-16 season, quickly winning the starting shooting guard job.

Dallas Mavericks bet big on Harrison Barnes' upside

The math on Harrison Barnes seems hard to figure for some. He averaged a career-high 11.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists for the 73-win Golden State Warriors. The Dallas Mavericks signed him for $94 million over the next four years, clearly projecting development for a 24-year-old with incredible intangibles.

Center Brandon Huffman Commits to UNC Basketball

Like P.J. Hairston, Isaiah Hicks and Coby White before him, Brandon Huffman couldn't wait to be a Tar Heel. Not long after receiving a scholarship offer from Roy Williams, Huffman verbally committed to UNC on Sunday, multiple sources confirm. Huffman, a 6-foot-9, 230-pound center from Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God, is UNC's third commitment in the class of 2017.

Memphis Grizzlies 2016-2017 Player Previews: Brandan Wright

In addition to serving as a replacement for the starting front court, Brandan Wright needs to pay attention to maintaining his health. He has been cleared to participate fully in training camp, but last December he underwent microscopic knee surgery in his right knee, then came back for four games before straining an MCL in the same knee.

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