J.B. Tanner promoted to Elon assistant men's basketball coach
J.B. Tanner, who has spent four years as Elon’s director of basketball operations, has been elevated to assistant coaching duties alongside Jack Wooten and Chris Long. Tanner, a former walk-on player at UNC, is becoming a full-fledged assistant coach for the first time. He was UNC Greensboro’s director of basketball operations for three seasons until 2014.
Dean Smith's former players backing Roy Williams in wake of UNC's academic scandal
Richard Vinroot is adamant that Dean Smith's unstinting focus on academics has not been lost under Roy Williams. Last month he attended the wedding of his nephew, Jack Wooten, a recent UNC player and graduate. His niece, former UNC basketball manager Maggie Wooten, also was at the ceremony, along with other former players. They were unanimous in vouching for Williams' academic commitment.
Road test against North Carolina packs extra emotion for Elon assistant
While Jack Wooten has been on the staff of Elon coach Matt Matheny for three seasons, his connections to North Carolina still seem fresh. He played alongside current Tar Heels Tyler Zeller and Justin Watts. His younger sister, Maggie, is one of the Tar Heels’ student managers. He said the prelude to the game has left him weirdly conflicted.
Catching Up With: Jack Wooten
It wasn’t too long ago that North Carolina walk-on Jack Wooten got caught up in a switch during practice and found himself trying to guard 7-foot freshman Tyler Zeller. So it’s been a little weird this week for the now-Elon-assistant-coach to be watching film, and trying to pick apart the tendencies of his former teammate, who is now a senior.
Wes Miller ready to face Krzyzewski, Duke from another point of view
Wes Miller, who played in Chapel Hill from 2004-07,and Jack Wooten, who was a walk-on from 2007-09, jokingly said they were the last two Tar Heels standing between Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski passing former UNC coach Dean Smith on the career wins list. Krzyzewski has a chance to pass the legendary UNC coach when Duke faces winless UNC Greensboro and assistant coach Miller today at the Greensboro Coliseum (7 p.m., ESPNU).
Jack Wooten Joins Elon Men’s Basketball Staff
Elon head men’s basketball coach Matt Matheny has announced the addition of Jack Wooten to his staff as the Director of Basketball Operations. Wooten, a native of Burlington, N.C., comes to Elon after graduating from the University of North Carolina in May. Wooten was a two-year letter winner on the Tar Heel basketball team, earning a national championship ring in 2009.
Jack Wooten named Director of Basketball Operations at Elon
Jack Wooten, a senior walk-on for the Tar Heels last season, is the new Director of Basketball Operations at Elon. The position is unpaid, but Wooten — whose greatest play at UNC may have been when he blocked now-president Barack Obama’s shot in a pick-up game — hopes it will help him decide whether he wants to become a head coach in the future.
Lucas: Tar Heels Are White House VIPs
After a day trip to the White House, most of Carolina's players returned with one-of-a-kind memories and photographs. Jack Wooten might have landed a job. That was the kind of day it was in Washington on Monday, as the Tar Heels got just the latest example of how truly nationwide the UNC basketball phenomenon can be. One of the Secret Service K-9 officers inspecting the bus was the self-described biggest Carolina fan in Washington.
2009 Champs Graduate in Chapel Hill
Tyler Hansbrough, Danny Green and Bobby Frasor were among seven UNC senior men's basketball players who capped their national championship season by taking part in Commencement ceremonies Sunday at Kenan Stadium. Joining Hansbrough, Green and Frasor were Mike Copeland, Patrick Moody, J.B. Tanner and Jack Wooten. Marcus Ginyard, who will return for a fifth season in 2009-10, also attended the ceremonies.
Jack Wooten had to work to enjoy title right
Jack Wooten climbed the ladder and took the first snip of net after the North Carolina men's basketball team won the national championship earlier this month in Detroit. Wooten, a senior walk-on from Burlington, was directed there by senior teammate Bobby Frasor. "I took a longer piece of net than normal," Wooten said, pointing out that he learned from past net cuttings. "I got my last one."
Tyler Hansbrough, Ty Lawson Named Co-MVPs
All-Americas Tyler Hansbrough and Ty Lawson were named co-Most Valuable Players and Bobby Frasor was named the team's best defensive player at UNC's end-of-season awards ceremony held Thursday evening. The Tar Heels celebrated their national championship with an evening of awards, videos and speeches by departing seniors Mike Copeland, Frasor, Danny Green, Hansbrough, Patrick Moody, J.B. Tanner and Jack Wooten.
Final Four thoughts
With less than a minute to go, I looked back and UNC Senior Jack Wooten had shed his sport coat in favor of a button down shirt. His dress slacks were replaced by his white, game shorts trimmed in light blue. With 30 seconds until celebration time, Wooten took off his button down to reveal his game jersey. There he stood in full uniform waiting to charge the floor to celebrate North Carolina’s national championship.
Five Tapped For Phi Beta Kappa
Five members of North Carolina's varsity athletic programs were among 176 UNC students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa honorary society this fall. Mary Borgo (women's fencing), Bill Dworsky (men's soccer), Elizabeth Pittman (women's basketball), John Powell (men's fencing) and Jack Wooten (men's basketball) earned the honor in recognition of their outstanding academic achievement.
Tuesday Talking Points
Through seven games, Carolina's average halftime lead is 47-28. This year's walk-ons--Patrick Moody, J.B. Tanner, Jack Wooten and Marc Campbell--have 36 combined points in seven games. Last year's walk-ons--this year's group plus Surry Wood--scored 47 combined points in 39 games. Carolina scored 63 points in the second half against UNC-Asheville. Eight times already this season, other ACC schools have scored fewer than 63 points in an entire game.
Current, former Tar Heels attend Obama rally in Chapel Hill
An interesting story from my sister, Robin, who attended the Barack Obama rally in Chapel Hill last night:
I went to the Barack Obama rally at UNC tonight. Sam Perkins spoke and said "this is why you stay in college for four years!" then turned around and pointed at Tywon Lawson who was in the crowd behind him and said "Yeah...I'm talking to you!" I looked over and it was Ty, Deon Thompson and Danny Green sitting together. Everyone went crazy. Ty Lawson had an Obama sign that he used to cover up his face. It was really funny.
The guys seemed really excited about Obama...waving their signs around, taking pictures. So in one night I saw Sam Perkins, Ty Lawson, Danny Green and Deon Thompson. Very cool. I also saw the UNC blue team player (Jack Wooten?) who had the hilarious mustache during the tournament. Happy to report that he still has the mustache.