Lucas: Sophomores Ready For Important Leap
Late in the summer, most of the Tar Heels were preparing for a late afternoon pickup game. On one of the Smith Center side baskets, Kenny Williams and Luke Maye were firing jumpers while they waited for the action to begin. A well-informed observer nudged his companion. “Those two guys,” he said, “have been here every single day.” (GoHeels.com
Video: Roy Williams Mic'd at First Practice - Part 4
Go inside the Tar Heels' first basketball practice of the season as North Carolina head coach Roy Williams gets mic'd up in the final part of the series.
Barnstorming event cancelled for 2018, new tourney expected for Las Vegas
The barnstorming event put together by Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis for 2018 has been cancelled, multiple sources told FanRag Sports. The event was set to feature Michigan State, Florida, Texas, and North Carolina in three separate venues — New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Sources said that “logistical issues” prevented the event from happening. (Today's U
Ty Lawson’s speed, leadership continue to impress Kings’ coach
Sacramento Kings point guard Ty Lawson continues to play with confidence through training camp and the preseason, impressing coach Dave Joerger. Lawson remained in the starting lineup for the Kings’ third preseason game when the Kings hosted Maccabi Haifa of Israel on Monday night in the first game at Golden 1 Center. (Sacramento Bee
Video: UNC Basketball - Favorite Players
Your favorite Tar Heel basketball players are set to headline 'Late Night with Roy' but who were the squad's favorite players to watch growing up?
Lucas: Nate Britt Learns From Kendall Marshall
As a nine-year-old growing up in the Washington, D.C. area, Nate Britt had a point guard role model. Britt and his role model shared the court in a prep game just once that Britt can recall, a Bishop O’Connell win over Britt’s Gonzaga squad. This summer, though, he found himself spending virtually every day with Kendall Marshall as both worked on improving their games. (GoHeels.com
Video: Roy Williams Mic'd at First Practice - Part 3
Go inside the Tar Heels' first basketball practice of the season as North Carolina head coach Roy Williams gets mic'd up in part three of this four part series.
College Hoops Contender Series: Three (flawed?) Final Four Favorites
UNC proved a lot of people wrong down the stretch of the season. The knock on them was toughness, both mental and physical. So yeah, all those people that questioned their toughness now have some explaining to do. But there was also another issue with UNC, one that people didn’t talk about as much: Their roster didn’t have all that much NBA talent on it. (NBC Sports
Is a Change in Scenery All Harrison Barnes Needed?
The last time we saw Harrison Barnes, he was missing open shot after open shot in the NBA Finals. The Cavs stopped guarding him halfway through the series, leaving him open at the 3-point line and daring him to beat them. The weird part about their strategy was that Barnes isn’t a bad shooter. (The Ringer
Tyler Zeller Eager To Earn Bigger Role With Celtics This Season
Based on how the 2015-16 season played out, Tyler Zeller seemed like a long shot to return to the Boston Celtics upon hitting the free agent market last summer. The 26-year-old center played in a career-low 11.8 minutes per game and saw action in just 60 of 82 games as he was regularly the odd man out in a crowded Boston frontcourt. (CBS Boston
Clippers rookie Brice Johnson out indefinitely because of herniated disk in lower back
Los Angeles Clippers rookie Brice Johnson has a herniated disk in his lower back, the team said Saturday. The Clippers said Johnson is out indefinitely. The club said he first will try to rehab his back with hopes of avoiding surgery. Johnson was injured in the fourth quarter of Wednesday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center. (Los Angeles Times
64 reasons to be excited for the 2016–17 college basketball season
4. North Carolina-Duke: This game hardly needs a sales pitch. It’s Duke-Carolina: You know it’s going to be good. The Blue Devils and Tar Heels will first square off in Durham on Feb. 9, and the second meeting, in Chapel Hill, will take place on March. 4. By early February, both of these squads should have taken up residence near the top of the ACC standings. (Sports Illustrated
Clippers like veteran Raymond Felton as point guard Chris Paul's backup
The Clippers’ 20-point lead was evaporating Wednesday against the Toronto Raptors when Coach Doc Rivers called a timeout to keep the game from slipping away. Rivers smiled when he drew up a play before sending his team back onto the court, perhaps sensing that with the ball in Raymond Felton’s hands that the result would be favorable. (Los Angeles Times
Harrison Barnes urges Dallas students to hit the books just as he did
Harrison Barnes wouldn’t be in the NBA if he hadn’t taken academics seriously. And no, that is not hyperbole. “I lived in a dictatorship household,” he joked. “My mom was very strict. Academics came first before basketball. That’s what helped me get to where I am. I had to have that importance in school, because if I didn’t, I might not have taken it seriously.” (Dallas Mavericks
Video: UNC Basketball Practice Clips
A short series of video clips from Thursday's North Carolina basketball practice, courtesy of UNC Basketball's Instragram account. Check out the newest Tar Heels and see how the more familiar faces have refined their games.