Tar Heels Today: Coby White, Ryan Switzer, UNC-Duke OT Thriller Flashback
Coby White outshines Duke commit Joey Baker, a heartfelt "thank you" to UNC fans from OL Khaliel Rodgers, Ryan Switzer to receive the Patterson Medal, time to let the freshmen big men take their lumps, and more in Tar Heels Today.
UNC-Clemson Postgame Notes
Joel Berry made four threes to pass Donald Williams (221) and Rashad McCants (221) to move into fourth in UNC history with 222 three-pointers. Berry passed Tyler Zeller and Scott Williams to move into 29th place in UNC scoring with 1,509 points. Cameron Johnson tied his career high with six three-pointers and led UNC in scoring for the first time with a game-high 21 points.
Video: In-Depth with Coby White at the John Wall Invitational
Take an in-depth look at senior guard Coby White and his record-breaking performance last week at the John Wall Holiday Invitational in Raleigh, NC. White, who is committed to UNC, made it to the championship game and scored 119 points en route to breaking Donald Williams' (UNC) tournament scoring record of 117.
Coby White Blog: Scoring titles, enjoying family, McDonald's All American dreams and more
Coby White: "I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! As a family, we experienced our first holiday season without my dad. It was difficult for everyone. I also ended the first semester in school with all A’s and one B. One of the many highlights of the John Wall Tournament came when I broke the 27-year-old scoring record held by former Tar Heel Donald Williams."
A Record Night for team-driven Coby White
It’s funny how things come full-circle. Headed into the championship game of the John Wall Invitational, UNC signee Coby White needed 38 points to break the tournament scoring record. In 1990, former UNC great and 1993 National Champion Donald Williams set the 115-point record. Who would White face to break the record? Williams’ alma mater, Garner Magnet.
A record and a championship on the line between Greenfield and Garner
Garner coach Eddie Gray loves preserving school tradition. But on Saturday, he’ll take a championship over stonewalling the latest challenger to the John Wall Holiday Invitational scoring record, held by former Garner and UNC great Donald Williams. Greenfield School's Coby White, a UNC commit, needs 37 to tie Williams’ tournament record of 115 set back in 1990, and 38 to break it.
Coby White sets sights on John Wall Invitational championship, scoring title
UNC signee Coby White was born 10 years after Donald Williams scored 115 points in three games at the John Wall Invitational but come Saturday he could break Williams’ 27-year-old record. Through two games, White has scored 78 points, which means he would need 38 points to become the tournament’s new scoring champion. On Thursday, White scored 32 to lead Greenfield past Broughton, 59-57.
Coby White scores 46 after learning his late father was an honorary guest for game
Coby White’s brother Will White called him Tuesday and told him about the first name on Kendrick Williams’ guest list for Wednesday’s game at the John Wall Invitational. Williams, a longtime family friend, listed Coby’s father, Donald White, as his No. 1 guest. Coby lost Donald to cancer on August 15. White parlayed that emotion into 46 points in an 85-63 win over Kinston.
NCAA Championship Postgame Notes
UNC won its sixth NCAA Tournament championship, third-most in college basketball history (UCLA 11, Kentucky 8). Joel Berry II was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four. He joins James Worthy (1982), Donald Williams (1993), Sean May (2005) and Wayne Ellington (2009) as Final Four MOPs. Roy Williams becomes just the sixth coach to win three or more NCAA championships.
Today marks the sixth time Arkansas has played UNC in the NCAA Tournament and the third time since 2008. March 26, 1993 UNC 80, Arkansas 74 - The Tar Heels were clinging to a one-point lead when UNC guard Donald Williams broke open on a back-door cut, got a pass from George Lynch and hit a layup with 42 seconds left that proved to be the decisive basket.
UNC Basketball Career Leaderboard Updates: 12/11
Nate Britt’s five steals moved him into UNC’s all-time top 50 with 95. He now ranks 49th, as he passed Antawn Jamison (93) and Donald Williams (93). Kennedy Meeks and Justin Jackson moved up on the career scoring list. Meeks passed Brian Reese, and is in 62nd with 1,118 points. Jackson moved by the great “Hook” Dillon, and now sits in 67th with 1,066 points.
UNC legends in the Dean Dome
Carolina Basketball is family. Former players always return to Chapel Hill and the Dean Dome. That was the case on Tuesday when Jerry Stackhouse, Rasheed Wallace, and Donald Williams visited. Stackhouse is the head coach of the Raptors NBA D-League team. They are playing the Hornet's D-League on Friday in Greensboro.
Final Four Preview & Prediction: #1 UNC vs #10 Syracuse
Given UNC isn't a great shooting team and NRG Stadium is infamous for poor three point shooting, finding ways to get the ball into the post will be crucial for UNC's success in this game. That is unless Marcus Paige applies the 1993 Donald Williams patch to his shooting application. Prediction: UNC 79, Syracuse 68
UNC-Tulane Postgame Notes
Carolina shot 50 percent from the field (36 of 72). That is the fourth straight game and seventh time in 10 games this year UNC has shot 50 percent or better. Four different Tar Heels either set or tied their career highs in assists. Marcus Paige moved out of a tie with Dennis Wuycik for 29th place in UNC career scoring. Paige now has 1485 points. Wuycik had 1469. Donald Williams is 28th with 1492.
Memorable Superdome moments: Chris Webber's mistaken timeout in NCAA title game vs. UNC
When Chris Webber was trapped by a double team near Michigan's bench, the leader of the famed Fab Five cradled the ball to his chest and signaled timeout. Only problem was the Wolverines didn't have a timeout to take. The crowd of 64,151 was stunned. Webber's mistake resulted in a technical foul and two free throws by UNC's Donald Williams with 11 seconds remaining and an eventual 77-71 win for the Tar Heels.