Is getting Cameron Johnson better for North Carolina than landing Kevin Knox?
Finally, Pittsburgh announced Cam Johnson will be immediately eligible to play for the Tar Heels. After Kevin Knox decided to join Kentucky and serve as their likely 4th option on the perimeter, UNC had a large Justin Jackson-sized hole left to fill. Johnson helps fill that void. In fact, he may fill it better than Kevin Knox would have.
Where does UNC turn after Kevin Knox decision?
Kevin Knox picking Kentucky may have the biggest impact on UNC. With Justin Jackson going pro, the Tar Heels had huge minutes for a big wing and they don't have a lot of options to fill that role. It makes finding a big wing from the class of 2018 a major priority. Though he's not a jump shooter, the guy would appear to be the current No. 2 player in the junior class Zion Williamson.
Chansky’s Notebook: Decisions, Decisions
UNC is banking on Justin Jackson, or the lack thereof, to land Kevin Knox. The Tar Heels have a set position for Knox, who is about the same height and weight as JJ, who turned pro after his ACC Player of the Year and All-American season. Knox supposedly has a similar skill set to Jackson, so if Roy Williams pulls the so-called upset and lands Knox, that very well may be the reason.
Will the NBA decisions of Pinson, Bradley impact the recruitment of Kevin Knox?
UNC has made Kevin Knox its top 2017 target for two years. With Justin Jackson leaving, UNC is using a similar pitch — Knox can come in and provide an immediate impact along the perimeter. The situations with Theo Pinson and Tony Bradley do not have a great deal of bearing on Knox’s final choice. UNC has the scholarship room for Knox whether those players come back or not.
Justin Jackson is gone. Now what?
How does Justin Jackson's departure to the NBA affect UNC for next season? There are are still some variables out there. Junior Joel Berry and freshman Tony Bradley still have decisions to make. Will they enter the NBA Draft or stay another season? Also, five-star recruit Kevin Knox is still considering UNC and could suit up for the Tar Heels next season.
Five storylines to follow during the late college basketball signing period
Could North Carolina's April get even better? The Tar Heels are in the top five for Kevin Knox, who is also considering Florida State, Missouri, Duke and Kentucky, but it's hard to get a feel for where the five-star forward will end up. UNC's appeal to Knox has likely improved by the day due to the expected departure of Justin Jackson.
Kevin Knox Blog: Watching UNC vs. Duke, decision looming
Kevin Knox: "(The UNC-Duke game) was pretty cool; Of course (Jalek Felton) was in my ear the whole time about coming to North Carolina with him and he was making some good points saying with Justin Jackson probably going to the league I could come in and have a big season. I sat with Zion Williamson too and we were just having a good time talking about how crazy the game was!"
Catching Up with Former Tar Heel Justin Knox
Justin Knox joined the Tar Heels as their first-ever graduate transfer and provided much-needed frontcourt depth. Today Justin, his wife, Rachel, and kids, Carter and Aleaha, call Birmingham, Ala. home but that is not where Justin works. “This season will be my sixth playing basketball overseas. I’ve played in Belarus, Turkey (twice), Holland, Malaysia, Puerto Rico, and currently Italy.”
Basketball Recruiting Mailbag: UNC Scholarship Numbers
I recently received a great email question regarding UNC's basketball scholarship numbers and how they factor into recruiting, so I thought I'd share the response online.
UNC Basketball Recruiting Week in Review
A look back at the past week in UNC basketball recruiting.
Justin Knox signs with team in Puerto Rico
Justin Knox (205 cm, North Carolina’11) has joined forces with Puerto Rico BSN franchise Capitanes de Arecibo as an import player. The American will link up with the team for the FIBA Americas Cup this season after recently completing a stint with the Westport Malaysian Dragons (AESAN League).
Today In UNC-Duke History: March 5, 2011
Beyond junior Tyler Zeller and seniors Justin Knox and Justin Watts, the main contributors were freshmen Kendall Marshall and Harrison Barnes and sophomores John Henson and Dexter Strickland. Following that loss in Atlanta, the Tar Heels won 14 of the next 15 games. The crowning moment was the win over Duke at the Smith Center, which sealed the ACC regular season championship.
UNC Looking at Alabama Transfer Trevor Lacey
Wing guard Trevor Lacey just finished his sophomore season at Alabama where he led the Crimson Tide in assists and three point shooting. Lacey started all 36 games in the 2012-13 season averaging 11.3 ppg, 3.2 apg, 1.7 spg and shot 37% from three hitting 62 of 166. He also becomes the latest player to leave the Crimson Tide and head coach Anthony Grant. Justin Knox, who spent a post-grad season at UNC, also left Bama and Grant in 2011.
Who’s playing where in the NBA summer league
Here’s a list of former ACC players who are in action, which teams they’re playing for and who some of the veterans played for last season: Cleveland: Tyler Zeller; Golden State: Harrison Barnes; Milwaukee: John Henson; Phoenix: Kendall Marshall; Utah: Justin Knox;
RTC Conference Primers: Atlantic Coast Conference
North Carolina (NCAA #1 Seed): The Tar Heels are the prohibitive favorite to win it all. They bring back everyone of significance but Justin Knox, who should see his minutes swallowed by talented frosh James McAdoo and John Henson. The North Carolina frontcourt of Harrison Barnes, Tyler Zeller and Henson is without a doubt the deepest in the country.