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Theo Pinson is out. What now for UNC?
The 2016-2017 UNC roster took a big hit when it was announced on Friday that expected starting wing Theo Pinson is out indefinitely after breaking his foot in practice. The 6-6 Greensboro native was a key reserve on last year's Final Four team and all signs pointed to him sliding into the starting two guard spot this season.
Roy Williams to visit P.J. Washington on Tuesday
According to a ZagsBlog interview with the father of 247Sports five-star forward P.J. Washington (Dallas, TX/Findlay Prep), UNC head coach Roy Williams will be in Las Vegas to visit with the prospect on Tuesday. This is just another part of the Carolina coach going all-in on Washington.
Roy Williams on replacing UNC's "two best players"
Roy Williams knows that UNC will miss Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson. Paige was UNC's best defender and leader. He was also a consistent force on offense. It also will not be easy to to replace what Johnson did inside for UNC. "Those are two big questions for us right now," Williams said when asked about replacing Paige and Johnson.
P.J. Washington hands out post-visit hardware
P.J. Washington's award for Best Presentation goes to: “North Carolina! They did something I’d never seen or heard of before. They basically put on a play and they brought different jerseys and masks and walked me through my life as a Tar Heel. They showed me committing, winning a national championship and then getting drafted into the NBA. It was special! I’ll never forget that.”
UNC Basketball Ranked 6th in Pre-Season Coaches Poll
USA Today released their 2016-17 preseason college basketball poll on Thursday, and North Carolina begins the season ranked 6th in the country. The USA TODAY Sports men's basketball coaches poll is conducted weekly throughout the regular season using a panel of head coaches at Division I schools.
Chansky’s Notebook: Did Tyler Know?
Tyler Hansbrough made the best decision ever. Can you believe the Tar Heels are about to begin their eighth basketball season since Tyler Hansbrough graduated? UNC’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder has played seven years in the NBA for the Pacers, Raptors and most recently the Hornets.
Q&A With Justin Jackson & Isaiah Hicks
Isaiah Hicks on how to emulate Brice Johnson’s senior year improvement: “[I want] his mindset. Every time he went out there, Brice looked at every rebound like it was his, every time he touched the ball he was going to score. That’s the biggest thing that changed Brice. Not working hard off the court, he was just mentally into it.”
Sports Illustrated ACC Basketball Preview
2. North Carolina: The Tar Heels won’t drop off too far after their national-runner-up season. They could have the best offense in the country other than Duke’s—a balanced attack led by two super-efficient veterans in wing Justin Jackson and point guard Joel Berry, who along with Brice Johnson was their most valuable offensive player in the 2016 NCAA tournament.
P.J. Washington Cancels Arizona Visit
P.J. Washington, the 6-foot-8 forward from Findlay Prep (NV), cancelled his official visit to Arizona that was scheduled for this weekend, his father said Thursday. Kentucky, North Carolina and UNLV remain under consideration, and Washington will take an official to UNLV on Nov. 4. He has already taken officials to UNC and Kentucky.
Isaiah Hicks Named To Malone Award Watch List
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Thursday the 20 watch list members for the 2017 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award, and UNC senior Isaiah Hicks is on the list. Hicks was the 2016 ACC Sixth Man of the Year and should play a larger role this season after the graduation of 2016 first-team All-America forward Brice Johnson.