Tar Heels Today: Recruiting Notes, alumni update, new Jordans, scores & schedule
A look at some UNC basketball recruiting notes, updates on Dante Calabria and Nate Britt, highlights of an historic UNC comeback victory, some sweet new UNC Jordans, and a look at the latest Carolina scores and schedule in this edition of Tar Heels Today.
Nate Britt Signs With British Basketball League’s Glasgow Rocks
Former UNC guard Nate Britt–a member of last season’s national championship team–has agreed to a deal with the Glasgow Rocks of the British Basketball League. Britt will head to Scotland on a contract which will keep him in Glasgow for the remainder of the season. The Rocks are currently fourth place in the 12-team BBL standings through 12 games.
Nate Britt Joins Isaiah Hicks on New York Knicks' G-League Team
Nate Britt will have an opportunity to showcase his abilities alongside former 2017 national title-winning teammate Isaiah Hicks. On Thursday, the Westchester Knicks of the NBA G-League announced that Britt would be joining the team after current Westchester guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes left the team to join Canada in the FIBA World Cup Basketball Qualifiers.
Carolina Insider Podcast: Pitt Football Review, Nate Britt, Northern Iowa Preview
Preview Friday's basketball season opener against Northern Iowa and review Thursday night's football win over PItt with the latest edition of the Carolina Insider podcast. Former Tar Heel national champion guard Nate Britt also joins hosts Jones Angell of the Tar Heel Sports Network and Adam Lucas of GoHeels.com for this episode.
UNC Unveils 2017 National Championship Banner
UNC unveiled its 2017 national championship banner at the Smith Center on Friday during Late Night With Roy. The players on the current team were joined by key seniors from the title team, Kennedy Meeks and Nate Britt, at center court as the team gathered to watch a highlight video commemorating their championship run before the banner was unveiled.
Carolina Family at Marcus Paige's Wedding
Former UNC point guard Marcus Paige married former UNC dance team member Taylor Hartzog. In the picture is the happy couple, coach Roy Williams, assistant coach Steve Robinson, assistant Brad Frederick, former assistant Joe Holladay, Brice Johnson, Justin Jackson, Theo Pinson, Joel Berry, Nate Britt, Kenny Williams, Joel James, Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks, and Justin Coleman.
Seniors leave gap on North Carolina basketball team
The departure of Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks and Nate Britt will spur just as many questions for UNC this season as Justin Jackson and Tony Bradley's. After all, the Tar Heels won’t know exactly what to expect from their frontcourt or their No. 2 point guard. Meeks and Hicks led the most formidable rebounding frontcourt in college basketball last year.
UNC-Duke basketball rivalry set aside to help raise money for Teen Cancer America
Though Nolan Smith was the headliner for Saturday's event, Duke wasn't the only Triangle program represented. Former UNC players Brice Johnson, Nate Britt and Phil Ford were on hand, too. "Nolan is one of my good friends," said Johnson, now with the Los Angeles Clippers. "I'm always down to do something for cancer research and giving money back because I lost my mom to cancer."
Can we expect Brandon Robinson to contribute more next season?
With UNC losing Justin Jackson and Nate Britt, the Tar Heels will need someone to step up on the perimeter this season. Kenny Williams had surgery this month on his right knee, but is expected to be ready for workouts in October. One of the players Roy Williams will be looking to this season is Brandon Robinson, who played sparingly last season as a freshman.
Will UNC’s Woods and Robinson make sophomore leaps?
Neither Seventh Woods nor Brandon Robinson projects as a starter for next season, but both will play important parts. With Nate Britt gone, Woods steps in as the primary backup at point guard. While the addition of Pitt transfer Cam Johnson will eat into some of Brandon Robinson’s minutes, the sophomore could grow into a sixth-man role and possibly double his playing time.
Photo: Carolina Basketball Family Reunites in Las Vegas
Several members of the Carolina Basketball family gathered in Las Vegas during NBA Summer League for dinner, and Marcus Paige posted this photo featuring Justin Jackson, Kennedy Meeks, Harrison Barnes, Jerry Stackhouse, Brice Johnson, Kendall Marshall, Nate Britt, Marcus Paige, and former UNC manager Teon Watson.
Chansky’s Notebook: Summer Sizzle
The other night, five of the 10 players on the court for the Clippers and Jazz NBA Summer League game were former Tar Heels. Some of them, like Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks and Nate Britt, may be getting their last chances before they head for the NBA D-League or pro careers in Europe. Justin Jackson scored 18 points in his one game so far, TB5 had 13 and 4 rebounds.
UNC Basketball: Top player moments for '16-'17 season (Part 1)
Kenny Williams, Nate Britt, Seventh Woods: Although sophomore Kenny Williams missed the final 14 games of the season with a knee injury, the Virginian showed great potential while starting 22 games for the Heels. Senior Nate Britt won't be remembered as one of the stars on Carolina's championship team, but he was certainly a key cog for the Tar Heels' success.
Tar Heels playing in NBA Summer League
Tony Bradley. was named to the Jazz Summer League roster. Justin Jackson will play for the Sacramento Kings in the Las Vegas Summer League. Nate Britt was named to the Atlanta Hawks summer roster. Kennedy Meeks was named to the Toronto Raptors roster for the Summer League. Isaiah Hicks will play with former UNC teammate Brice Johnson for the Clippers in the Summer League.
The Tar Heels who made it in the NBA despite going undrafted
Despite not getting drafted, Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks, and Nate Britt will all get some sort of a shot with an NBA team. Meeks signed a partially guaranteed contract with the Raptors, the Clippers picked up Hicks, and Britt was given a spot on the Hawks’ summer league team. The Tar Heel who had the best NBA career, despite not being drafted, was Scott Williams.