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.
How Is Long Beach State Playing North Carolina?
The college coaching fraternity is a tight-knit community, and Dan Monson and Roy Williams have known each other for about twenty years. When North Carolina signed top prospects David and Travis Wear out of Orange County a few years ago, Monson knew that the Tar Heels often try to schedule games near home for their seniors, and saw an opportunity.
Player Perspective: UCLA's Travis Wear
You and Larry Drew both started your careers at North Carolina before transferring to UCLA. What about him gives you confidence that he can impact this team as a point guard? Travis Wear: "Larry is one of the quickest players I’ve every played with or seen play.His ability to get into the lane and make good decisions is really going to help."
UNC drops two slots in Katz's early top 25
Leave it to UCLA -- home of UNC transfers Larry Drew II and David and Travis Wear -- to help push the Tar Heels down two slots, to No. 13, in ESPN.com senior basketball writer Andy Katz's updated way-too-early Top 25. Actually, Drew and the Wears had little to do with the Bruins climbing to No. 7. But the No. 1 recruiting class, led by the recent additions of Shabazz Muhammad and Tony Parker, did.
Photoshop-savvy Tar Heels fans poke fun at ‘Carolina Lite’
Apparently still irritated by the way UCLA transfers Larry Drew and Travis and David Wear abruptly left North Carolina, a Photoshop-savvy fan decided to poke fun at the ex-Tar Heel trio and their new school. The creative ribbing from North Carolina fans is a product of anger over the manner in which Drew and the Wear twins left the program.
Larry Drew II, Wear twins talk about their departure from UNC
It’s only logical to question the mental toughness and resolve of three players who bolted when the adversity piled up. Travis Wear’s comment that the 2009-10 season lacked the energy of prior seasons is more than a little peculiar. During that season, the Tar Heels lost 17 times, accumulating three more defeats than they had in the previous three seasons combined.
North Carolina Rises From Last Season’s Ashes
The Tar Heels’ 192-page media guide has exactly four pages recapping the 2009-10 season. Travis and David Wear, 6-foot-10 twins from California, transferred after one season. Will Graves, a senior swingman, was dismissed from the team in October for failing to comply with team rules.
College basketball recruiting: Surprises popping up on Tobacco Road
In much the same way the Tar Heels united with Alabama forward Justin Knox last spring after the surprise transfer decisions of twins David and Travis Wear, Williams is hoping he can find a point guard replacement for Drew who can take some pressure off Marshall going forward. One name that has popped up on the radar this week is Darius Smith, a 6-2 guard at the College of Southern Idaho.
Nothing finer than Carolina prospects
The Tar Heels' tumultuous fall has not hurt in-state recruiting, thus far. UNC still holds the No. 12 overall class that features 10 homegrown commitments with at least a three-star rating. T.J. Thorpe leads this group, and the silky-smooth skill prospect will likely play receiver for UNC and return kicks. Keep an eye on running back Travis Riley (Kannapolis, N.C/A.L. Brown), who's a sleeper with a good combination of size and speed to wear down ACC defenses.
Williams talks about changes
Coach Roy Williams of North Carolina still doesn't know exactly why twins David and Travis Wear transferred in May after only one season in the program. But he said that the decisions upset him because he does not have a history of players leaving.
Transfers were a shock to Roy Williams
Before this May, North Carolina's Roy Williams had had just three players transfer from his programs at Kansas and UNC in 21 seasons as a head coach. It was a track record Williams said he was proud of, so it's no wonder he admitted during his summer press conference Thursday he's still trying to come to grips with the transfers of freshmen big men David and Travis Wear.
Dealing with transfers is awkward for Roy Williams
In the immediate aftermath of North Carolina’s frustrating 2009-10 season, Tar Heels coach Roy Williams had a few certainties. Among them was the fact that twin post players David Wear and Travis Wear would figure heavily in the team’s future. As for Justin Knox? The veteran coach had never heard of him. Fast forward to Thursday and Williams’ summer news conference..."
Roy Williams on the Wears' transfer: "I haven't dealt with it very well"
David and Travis Wear's abrupt decision to transfer from UNC's program didn't sit well with head coach Roy Williams. Losing the twin forwards after just one season was a serious blow to the Tar Heels' roster, and Williams admitted the news didn't find him well personally. "I have not spoken to them and I haven't dealt with it very well," Williams said Thursday at his summer press conference.
Wear says home-sickness didn't factor in
David and Travis Wear spoke to the Orange County Register yesterday on the decision to bolt from Carolina. Travis told the paper that he was thinking about transferring near the end of the year. David, who said that being home-sick wasn't a factor, called it "a family decision". To quote Caddyshack: "Thanks for nothing!"
Transfers haven't fazed UNC, Duke
The Tar Heels seemed to be in rough shape in the low post for next season after twins David and Travis Wear surprised coach Roy Williams earlier this month with their decision to transfer. Williams said there weren’t a lot of options for replacements available to UNC at such a late date. But when you’re North Carolina, you can usually find a solution, and the Tar Heels did. Justin Knox, a forward who’s transferring after playing three seasons at Alabama, committed Monday night to the Tar Heels.