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Athlon Sports' 2016-17 College Basketball Top 25

Basketball season is still months away, but to celebrate the arrival of the Athlon Sports 2016-17 College Basketball preview, we’re giving you a snapshot of the year ahead with our top 25. No. 6 - North Carolina: Some of the star power is gone, but North Carolina is expecting Joel Berry II and Justin Jackson to step up for Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson. (Athlon Sports)

Roy Williams knows Isaiah Hicks has to step up in 2016-2017

On a recent episode of ESPNU's college basketball podcast hosted by Andy Katz and Seth Greenberg, UNC head coach Roy Williams was about a two players that need to step up for the Heels during the 2016-2017 season. The first name that Williams spoke about was a senior forward who is expected to have a big role this season. "Its probably Isaiah Hicks," Williams said. (Carolina Blue)

Sources: Ty Lawson agrees to deal with Sacramento Kings

Free-agent guard Ty Lawson has agreed to a one-year contract with the Sacramento Kings, league sources told The Vertical. Lawson visited with Kings officials and coaches on Saturday in Sacramento and had planned to meet with New Orleans Pelicans officials early this week – until the Kings offered him a deal on Sunday, league sources said. (Yahoo! Sports)

Roy Williams on Marcus Paige's senior speech: "That is the moment you live for"

Former UNC point guard Marcus Paige made a senior speech that will live in Carolina and college basketball lore. What the now Utah Jazz guard said about Coach Roy Williams particularly stood out. It was emotional. It was touching. It was heartfelt. It was well. The whole thing went viral. (Carolina Blue)

Mavericks' Harrison Barnes pops the question to his girlfriend

Harrison Barnes is having an offseason to remember. After signing his $94 million deal with Dallas, Barnes went to Brazil to represent the United States in the Summer Olympics, where he won himself a gold medal. So how do you top both of those accomplishments? Barnes did so by getting engaged to his girlfriend, style coach Britt Johnson. (Dallas Morning News)

How former UNC athletes fared in the 2016 Rio Olympics

Fifteen athletes competing in the games were former Tar Heels. Of those 15, only one former UNC athlete came home with a medal. Despite a notorious lack of playing time, Harrison Barnes won gold with the USA Men’s Basketball Team. (Tar Heel Blog)

Harrison Barnes doesn't get any respect

Harrison Barnes doesn’t get any respect. Google his name and a picture of Kyrie Irving shows up. Seriously. It doesn’t stop there. Since the Dallas Mavericks signed him to a four-year, $94 million contract this summer Barnes has been under almost constant scrutiny. I’ve done so, as has my colleague Andrew Tobolowsky. We’re certainly not alone. Our current media climate is full of critics, after all. (WFAA)

Here are some ways Harrison Barnes can score and facilitate within the Mavs’ offense

One of the biggest questions on Mavs fans’ minds heading into this season is just how Dallas plans on expanding Harrison Barnes’ role within the offense as he begins the process of becoming a focal point. The hope is Barnes can eventually become a cornerstone-type player for the franchise, after inking a deal with the Mavericks reported to be worth $94 million over four years. (Dallas Mavericks)

Watch Harrison Barnes Put The Country’s No. 1 High School Freshman Through A Workout

Harrison Barnes is paying it forward. Watch as Barnes, who recently signed a max contract with the Dallas Mavericks, takes top 2020 prospect Kyree Walker through an NBA-level workout. Walker is only a freshman, but he is considered the No. 1 prospect in his high school class and, much like Barnes, scouts are already salivating about his potential. (Uproxx)

Pistons' Reggie Bullock opens up on transgender sister's murder

Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Bullock endured a family tragedy in 2014, as his transgender sister was beaten to death in Baltimore. Born as Kevin Long, Bullock's oldest sibling transitioned to become Mia Henderson. Bullock talked a bit about the situation on "The Herd with Colin Cowherd" today on Fox Sports 1. (Detroit Free Press)

Utah Jazz Waive Kendall Marshall

The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has waived guard Kendall Marshall, whose rights were acquired by trade from Philadelphia on Friday. Marshall (6-4, 200, North Carolina) is a four-year NBA veteran who has appeared in 160 career games (57 starts) over four seasons with Phoenix, the Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee and Philadelphia. (Utah Jazz)

A look at all 10 UNC basketball players to win gold medals at the Olympics

This year’s team featured Harrison Barnes, the 10th Tar Heel to win an Olympic gold medal while representing the United States. This got us thinking about who the other nine players were to represent the red, white, and Carolina blue. (Tar Heel Blog)

Kendall Marshall traded to Jazz, expected to be waived

The Philadelphia 76ers have traded point guard Kendall Marshall to the Utah Jazz for center Tibor Pleiss, two future second-round picks and cash, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports. Marshall's time with the Jazz likely will be short. "The Jazz are planning to waive Marshall and remainder of his guaranteed contract, league sources tell The Vertical." (Carolina Blue)

Lucas: Making A Connection

It’s the first week of classes at Carolina, which means students are going through all the normal introductory activities. You know the type—drinking from the Old Well, having that first night out back on Franklin Street…and getting dunked on by Seventh Woods. About that last one: you’ve by now probably seen the video of Woods dunking on a fellow student. (

From father's murder, Wayne Ellington brings story of healing to Miami Heat

Wayne Ellington brings more than 3-point shooting to the Miami Heat. He brings perspective. He brings tears. He brings hope. That's the part you may not know. That's the part he wants to make sure you know. "There's no question that I'm still working through it," he says quietly but expressively, subject matter too raw to ever fully comprehend. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

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(19) Florida State0-09-0
(7) North Carolina0-09-1
(6) Miami0-08-0
Virginia Tech0-08-1
(18) Notre Dame0-08-2
NC State0-08-2
(16) Virginia0-07-1
Wake Forest0-06-4
Georgia Tech0-04-4
(4) Duke0-111-1

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