Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Basketball.
Kenny Smith no longer a candidate for Rockets job
Former Houston Rockets guard Kenny Smith will no longer be a candidate to be Rockets head coach, a person with knowledge of the decision said Monday. Smith was described as very impressive and likely to become an NBA head coach if he pursues it, but the Rockets will shift their focus to experienced head coaches and extremely experienced assistants.
Brice Johnson Has More to Prove
Brice Johnson isn't slowing down. The former UNC forward capped off a First Team All-America season with a national title game appearance, and then immediately shifted to NBA Draft preparations. After a month of training, Johnson attended the NBA Draft Combine, participating in athletic testing and interviews. Johnson said he's spoken to 14 NBA teams.
Lucas: Jackson's Return Stocks Tar Heels
Some thoughts on Justin Jackson’s announcement that he will return to Carolina for his junior season: The 2016-17 Tar Heels now have multiple reliable ways to put the ball in the basket. Joel Berry can score from the perimeter. Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks can score in the paint. And Jackson can score everywhere in-between. UNC will be hard to guard next season.
UNC basketball's 2016-2017 projected starting lineup, depth chart
Now that small forward Justin Jackson is coming back to North Carolina for his junior season, UNC's roster for the 2016-2017 season is complete. Let's examine the starting lineup and depth chart for next season. It's a group that has a wealth of valuable experience and some unknowns that will determine how good the Tar Heels can be next season.
Reactions to Justin Jackson's Return
With Justin Jackson's return, the Tar Heels will again boast a deep and experienced lineup despite the loss of first-team All-America Brice Johnson and UNC career three-point field goal leader Marcus Paige to the professional ranks. The local and national media seemed to like Jackson's decision and its potential impact on the 2016-17 Tar Heels.
Justin Jackson To Return To Carolina For Junior Season
“I’m glad I had the chance to enter the Draft and attend the Combine where I was able to meet with NBA executives and test my game against some of the top players in the country, but after discussing it with my parents and coaches and praying over this decision, the best choice for my basketball future is to play for the Tar Heels next season,” says Justin Jackson.
North Carolina's 'yard sale' brings the shoppers out
Normally items sold -- such as jerseys, shoes and lacrosse sticks -- get forwarded to the state's surplus store because technically, at a public university, the equipment purchased is state property. That is why the Tar Heels didn't just give the jerseys to the former players who used to wear them and it's also why the university had to allow the public equal opportunity to purchase them.
At NBA combine, college players crave information
“As far as strengths and weaknesses,” Justin Jackson said, “they’ll give you everything you need to work on.” This is how the Tar Heels swingman learned that he needed to be a more consistent shooter, and how his overall strength was a concern. This is how Maryland’s Melo Trimble heard he needed to improve his lateral quickness on defense.
North Carolina's Roy Williams praises new Pitt coach Kevin Stallings
Roy Williams’ relationship with Kevin Stallings is a long and cherished one. The North Carolina coach and the newly-hired Pitt coach worked together at Kansas for five years, where the former was the head coach and the latter an up-and-coming assistant. Since then, the pair has kept in touch. Williams even said there are things he uses to break a zone defense that he learned more than two decades ago from Stallings.
Wrapping up the NBA Combine: Paige Finishes Strong, Jackson Struggles
The NBA Combine wrapped up over the weekend. As the only underclassmen of the three UNC players at the combine, Justin Jackson is garnering the most attention from Tar Heel fans who want to know whether he is returning for his junior season or not. If the combine results are an indication, Jackson path to the NBA at this time could be a difficult one.
NBA Combine Day Two and Event Recap
Marcus Paige wrapped up a solid and steady week at the NBA Combine with a strong outing in his final game, putting the ball in the basket prolifically, while playing mistake free-basketball and competing nicely on defense. He showed little issue translating his perimeter shot out to the NBA line, even seemingly enjoying the added spacing.
Mixed reviews for ACC underclassmen at NBA Combine
UNC's Justin Jackson said earlier in the week that he’s “50-50” about staying in the NBA Draft. But the general consensus among most observers is that the sophomore wing would be making a mistake if he doesn’t return to the Tar Heels next season. ESPN’s Chad Ford included him on his “All-Go-Back-To-School Team.”
NBA Combine: Scouts looking for growth from Justin Jackson
The NBA Combine is wrapping up and it's becoming decision time for underclassmen like rising UNC junior Justin Jackson. He came into the Combine with a lot to prove. Unfortunately, that's also how he is leaving it. Jackson was not listed in most mock drafts coming into the weekend and the 6-8 forward had one of the worst performances based on draft value-added, according to DraftExpress.com.
NBA Combine: What makes Marcus Paige a great draft pick
ESPN Analyst Fran Fraschilla said that it is not certain whether Marcus Paige will end up being drafted, but he will definitely be playing on an NBA summer league team because of his college accomplishments. "That's where it really matters," Fraschilla said. "Where you prove yourself is in the summer league." Luckily, Paige is good at proving himself.
Chansky’s Notebook: Committee of One
You want to know how loyal Roy Williams is?.Williams announced this week that he was having his right knee replaced to rid him of the pain that dogged him through the past basketball season due to the bone-on-bone deterioration of the joint. But Williams knew he was going to do it all along. He just did not want to disappoint his golf posse that he takes on an annual trip every spring.