Tar Heels Today: Recruiting notes, scores and schedules, and an interesting tweet
Basketball and football recruits attend Saturday's game, Roy is back on the recruiting trail, Coby White sets a new standard, UNC scores and schedules, and an interesting tweet in this edition of Tar Heels Today.
UNC Basketball's Unique Transfer Record
The last player to transfer from the North Carolina basketball program was Larry Drew II. Few can forget when Drew left the Tar Heel program mid-season as a junior, shortly after the California native lost the starting point guard job to freshman Kendall Marshall. But that was more than six years ago. And on the national landscape, that makes UNC a unique situation.
Kendall Marshall, USA Take FIBA AmeriCup Title
The United States won the 2017 FIBA AmeriCup on Sunday. Featuring former Tar Heels Kendall Marshall and Larry Drew II, the Americans defeated Argentina 81-76 to claim the title. Marshall put up 3.6 points during the tournament and shot 37.5 percent from the field. A two-year player at UNC, Marshall added 4.8 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game.
Kendall Marshall named to Team USA Americup roster
After a week at Team USA training camp, Kendall Marshall has made the Americup final roster. There were 17 players invited to the camp last week, and the roster has been finalized with 12 spots. That includes former UNC standout Marshall, who continues to pursue a career in basketball. Marshall will be playing alongside former UNC teammate, Larry Drew II.
Why North Carolina football recruiting is heating up
North Carolina has won a handful of key recruiting battles for 2018 prospects, and the Tar Heels are far from done. It’s a promising sign for Larry Fedora, who said during his introductory press conference in December 2011 that he believed UNC could regularly compete for championships. That statement drew some eye rolling at the time, but Fedora now has many recruits buying in.
UNC Looks to Fill Needs with 2017 Recruiting Class
Larry Fedora said two position groups drew the most attention from the coaching staff during this recruiting cycle. “We felt like our biggest need was going to be the offensive line and our defensive backs,” Fedora said. “And that was where we really wanted to spend some time.” UNC ended up signing five offensive lineman and several players to man the defensive backfield.
UNC an anomaly in college basketball's transfer climate
Roughly two players per Division I team are transferring each year. Since Roy Williams returned to his alma mater before the 2003-04 season, the Tar Heels' only transfers are California natives Alex Stepheson, David Wear, Travis Wear and Larry Drew. Add in four transfers at Kansas, and Williams has had just eight in 28 seasons as a head coach.
UNC's plethora of point guards
Marcus Paige is still the king of the point guards, but Nate Britt, Joel Berry and Stilman White bring a depth that UNC hasn’t had in quite a while. In 2008-09, UNC had a wealth of point guards with Bobby Frasor, Larry Drew II and of course, Ty Lawson. But since then, UNC has really only operated with one true point guard and one back up.
Fedora Needs To Pick "The Guy"
I’ll never forget a response Drew Bledsoe gave a reporter after being demoted for Tony Romo several years ago in Dallas. Bledsoe said he thought he should still be “the guy.” Larry Fedora has brought a lot of fun to Chapel Hill, and it certainly isn’t time to jump ship yet. But until he picks “the guy”, he’s going to continue to face quarterback questions that already seem to have answers.
Final regular season stats for ACC alumni in D-League
UNC: P.J. Hairston (Texas Legends) 26 games, 21.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 0.8 apg; Dexter Strickland (Idaho Stampede) 22 games, 4.5 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 0.6 apg; Kendall Marshall (Delaware 87ers) 7 games, 19.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 9.6 apg; Larry Drew II (Sioux Falls SkyForce) 41 games, 11.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 7.0 apg
Tar Heel Super Bowl Sunday Memories: The Kendall Marshall Sixteen Assist Game
Every once in awhile UNC ends up with a basketball game on Super Bowl Sunday and one of the more memorable of these happened in 2011. To set the scene, Larry Drew abruptly left the team two days prior to UNC facing Florida State in Chapel Hill on February 6, 2011. That left freshman Kendall Marshall as the lone true point guard for a UNC team that had started to gel.
John Henson expects to be on center stage with Larry Sanders out
John Henson has been around long enough to know what's coming. The Bucks' second-year power forward will slide to the center spot part of the time with Larry Sanders out the next six weeks following surgery on his right thumb. Bucks coach Larry Drew said as much following the team shootaround Tuesday morning in Miami.
Miami Heat signs point guard Larry Drew II
Former UCLA point guard Larry Drew II signed with Miami the Heat, the team announced Monday. Drew, the son of Milwaukee Bucks coach Larry Drew, will join Eric Griffin, Justin Hamilton, Michael Beasley and Jarvis Varnado in training camp as players with non-guaranteed deals. Camp begins Oct. 1. Drew is considered a long-shot to make the team.
Drew Davis, Butch Davis' Son, Leaves UNC for JuCo
North Carolina quarterback Drew Davis has decided to transfer to Coffeyville Community College (Kan.) where he will begin practice this fall. Davis, 6-2, 210 pounds, joined the Tar Heels prior to the start of the 2012 season and redshirted. "I appreciate the opportunity Coach (Larry) Fedora gave me to be a member of the team," said Davis.
Larry Drew, Sr. hires Scott Williams to coach John Henson
The Milwaukee Bucks have added a former player from the team's most recent deep playoff run as an assistant to head coach Larry Drew. The Journal Sentinel's Charles Gardner tweeted this Tuesday: "Drew also announced today that former Bucks and NBA player Scott Williams has been hired as the team's "big man" coach." Williams started 31 regular season games and all of the Bucks' playoff contests in 2001.