UNC Basketball

Weight Gain Fueling Brice Johnson's Defensive Growth

Brice Johnson’s offensive skill set has been on display ever since his AAU days. His defensive ability, however, has been a point of contention throughout his career at North Carolina. A beefed-up Johnson spoke confidently about his weight gain serving a valuable role in his defensive development during the ACC’s Operation Basketball media event on Wednesday. (Inside Carolina)

Roy Williams, UNC trying to move past off-court news and just play

While there is no shortage of on-court storylines across the ACC entering the basketball season, North Carolina is still dealing with questions surrounding recent off-court concerns. At Wednesday’s ACC Operation Basketball in Charlotte, head coach Roy Williams and the players in attendance were asked about the upcoming season, but also about the latest Wainstein Report. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Brice Johnson: We have all the pieces that were missing last year

North Carolina forward Brice Johnson met with the media at ACC Operation Basketball Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte. "We have a lot of returning pieces to the team from last year, and we have great freshmen coming in. We have all the pieces that we really needed that were missing last year. It's going to be a big help from them." (WRAL Sports Fan)

Pat Forde Picks the Wrong UNC Player to Make an Academic Joke About

Yahoo! Sports writer and grand arbiter of what constitutes hazing Pat Forde who is at ACC Media Day, noted that UNC guard Marcus Paige would be late to the event because he was taking an exam. In light of UNC's recent troubles this is apparently joke-worthy by a professional journalist. (Tar Heel Blog)

Video: Brice Johnson Talks Consistency at ACC Operation Basketball

North Carolina junior forward Brice Johnson talks consistency and reveals the one key for the Tar Heels to have success this season. (View Video...)

Carolina Rundown: October 29

ACC Basketball Media Day is today, so expect the usual assortment of polls and preseason picks. Danny Green had 13 points and four rebounds as the Spurs won. Brandan Wright had six points and five rebounds for Dallas. Ed Davis had 11 points for the Lakers. Miami is having a "greenout" on Saturday to support Jim Kelly, and the Hurricanes will be without its starting left tackle. (

17 Tar Heels In The NBA

Seventeen former UNC players made 2014-15 opening day NBA rosters, released this week. UNC's total of 17 NBA players is tied for third nationally with Kansas. Several Tar Heels are with new teams this year, including Vince Carter (Memphis), Ed Davis (L.A. Lakers), Wayne Ellington (L.A. Lakers), Raymond Felton (Dallas), Brendan Haywood (Cleveland), Marvin Williams (Charlotte) and Tyler Zeller (Dallas). (

Reggie Bullock says he's unaware of sham classes at UNC

If there were sham classes that athletes at the University of North Carolina were directed to take, it qualified as news to Reggie Bullock. “I didn’t know there were any of those classes there,” said Bullock, the Clippers’ second-year forward who spent three seasons playing for Tar Heels Coach Roy Williams. (Los Angeles Times)

Transformed Meeks Poised For Breakout Season

Low-post returning starter Kennedy Meeks could be an X-factor for the No. 6 North Carolina men’s basketball team this season. After losing nearly 50 pounds, Meeks is hoping his body transformation translates into more dominant play. (

Desmond Hubert looks to make impact in senior year for Tar Heels

Desmond Hubert is looking to end his career on the UNC basketball team by fulfilling the promise he showed when he came in as a freshman out of New Egypt High School, where he led the state in blocked shots during his senior season. “Hopefully, my senior year, I’ll make my best year” Hubert said he’s working on improving everything, but his greatest emphasis is on his mental approach. (Tri-Town News)

Sources: Bucks guarantee contract of point guard Kendall Marshall

Despite holding the flexibility to wait until January for a decision, the Milwaukee Bucks have guaranteed the contract of point guard Kendall Marshall for the 2014-15 season, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Marshall had a non-guaranteed contract, but is assured now to make his full $915,000 for the season. (Yahoo! Sports)

Meeks and Johnson: Guardians Of The Glass

Whether it was Sean May, Tyler Hansbrough, Tyler Zeller or John Henson, opponents constantly had to figure out ways to stop UNC's low post scorers. While each of those players were threats to score every trip down the court, they could also dominate a game on the glass. On this year's team, Roy Williams will be looking for Brice Johnson and Kennedy Meeks to be those dominant rebounders. (

Michael Jordan: Next ring will mean most

In his four seasons as the majority owner of the NBA team in Charlotte, Michael Jordan has endured plenty, including the worst season in NBA history, but Jordan said Monday that the competitor in him has his eyes on a seventh NBA ring. "And to get to that would be much more gratifying" than the previous six he won with the Chicago Bulls. (

Carolina Rundown: October 28

Mack Hollins is the ACC Receiver of the Week. Multiple Tar Heels are in action tonight in the NBA season openers. Danny Green and the Spurs host Dallas (Brandan Wright plus an injured Raymond Felton) at 8 p.m. on TNT, and Ed Davis and Wayne Ellington are on TNT at 10:30 against Houston. (

Roy Williams returns to KU during fieldhouse celebration

Roy Williams woke up at 4 a.m. Monday, and a few hours later, his former player C.B. McGrath dropped him off just outside Allen Fieldhouse. After a few steps, Williams found himself back in the building he called home for 15 years — one he hadn’t set foot in since his team’s final practice before the Final Four in 2003. “This is a special place, guys,” Williams said a few hours later. (Topeka Capital-Journal)

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