Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Basketball.
Player Review: Kennedy Meeks
The leaner, meaner Kennedy Meeks was a favorite topic of conversation on pretty much every UNC basketball broadcast well into January and the result was a fairly stellar start to the season. But as strong as his first third of the season was, the final two-thirds of the season was marked by inconsistency and illness. Despite his weight loss, Meeks seemed to hit a wall for the final 10 games of the year.
Former Tar Heel great Phil Ford reflects on Dean Smith
Former UNC basketball great Phil Ford continues to heed the words of the late coach Dean Smith. And that’s why the three-time All-American and Olympic gold medalist didn’t mind saying that he had dinner “compliments of Coach Dean Smith” after the hall of fame coach posthumously sent $200 checks to all his former lettermen. “It was an incredible gesture,” Ford said Wednesday before coaching the ACC Barnstorming Tour team at East Duplin High School.
Marcus Paige Earns MVP Honors At Team Awards Ceremony
Tar Heel guard Marcus Paige earned his second consecutive Dean Smith Most Valuable Player Award and was named co-captain for the second time in as many years at the University of North Carolina men’s basketball team’s 2015 awards ceremony held Thursday evening. Paige is the 17th player to win UNC’s Most Valuable Player award at least twice.
Q+A: Ed Davis
With hitting depths the likes of which the franchise has never seen this season, as history has shown, things can only get better for the Los Angeles Lakers going forward. Right? Fifth-year big man, Ed Davis, hopes to be part of the team’s turnaround and has shown consistency under coach Bryon Scott when given consistent playing time.
Player Review: Joel Berry
Joel Berry entered the season with the expectation that he would be able to play important minutes at point guard and permit Marcus Paige to be more of a scorer. In the end, Berry got there but not without a rough road. Berry went through a midseason injury that cost him eight games. When Berry did find his groove, he showed flashes why he was a three time player of the year in the state of Florida.
Vince Carter, stardom behind him, still proud, still contributing in NBA at age 38
Vince Carter is explaining why he signed with the Grizzlies last summer, and he cites the vague “opportunity.” Opportunity to win his first championship? Opportunity to play? “To play,” Carter says. “I didn’t have anybody else wanting me.” Did he think he could play more in Memphis than anywhere else?
Looking Ahead: North Carolina Basketball
The amount of talent and experience on the roster will arguably be the most Roy Williams has had since the 2009 national championship team. That was the last time the best player, who happened to also be the team's leading scorer, made it to his senior season without turning pro. The biggest recruiting coup for UNC this spring was that Marcus Paige decided to return for his senior season.
Harrison Barnes helps Iowa boy after the loss of his father
Harrison Barnes' Golden State Warriors facing the Minnesota Timberwolves. Ryan Slaubaugh watching inside Oracle Arena. This was Ryan's Masters, his One Shining Moment. "The thrill of my life," he said. What takes this beyond the routine "kid meets celebrity" is the planning that occurred over the past two months — shortly after cystic fibrosis claimed Ryan's father's life.
Player Review: Theo Pinson
Theo Pinson arrived on campus as part of a three man recruiting class that was believed to fill in some of the missing production (i.e. perimeter shooting) from the 2014 season. It didn't quite pan out that way until the final quarter of the schedule. Pinson was seen in the mold of defensive stopper and rebounder who has some offensive capability. Then the injury bug bit.
For Bob Gersten, 94, It's Always a Good Day for a Walk
Bob Gersten ’42 has enough memories for several lifetimes, and while he likes to reminisce, at 94 years old he also likes to live in the here and now — and plan for the future. Gersten, the oldest living former UNC baseball and basketball player, hosted the inaugural “Walk for Health” Saturday, where about 75 people walked the mile from the tennis courts behind Cobb dorm to the parking lot of the UNC System’s headquarters on Raleigh Road.
Changing and denying shots, John Henson protecting paint for Bucks
With 2.02 blocks per game, John Henson is sixth in the NBA. If you look at blocks per 48 minutes, Henson is at the top of the league. Henson's ability to block and alter shots gives him one of the best defensive ratings in the NBA. He allows an estimated 98 points per 100 possessions, which would rank sixth in the league.
Wayne Ellington Exit Interview 2014-15
Wayne Ellington averaged 10 points and 3.2 assists, while shooting 41 percent from the field and 37 percent on 3-pointers in 65 games before he separated his right shoulder on April 1, ending his season. “I’m feeling a lot better. It’s getting better every day. I was very sore for about a week. It’s not something I’m worried about. It happens a lot in sports.”
UNC a title contender in 2015-16, but NCAA threat remains
Even with J.P. Tokoto's exit, the Tar Heels are expected to be one of the top national title contenders in 2015-16, likely moving ahead of ACC counterpart Virginia following its loss of Justin Anderson. The absence of Tokoto creates an opening for the Theo Pinson (or possibly Brandon Ingram) to emerge. The NCAA's handling of an academic scandal at the school will also be a storyline to follow.
Warriors’ Harrison Barnes still looking for consistency as playoffs arrive
Harrison Barnes is both scintillating yet frustrating as a third-year pro with the Golden State Warriors. He’s both one of the Warriors’ most talented players yet he’s never found the kind of constant production to see his game blossom into the makings of a top-tier small forward in the NBA. You see pure physical ability and realize that he can be more than just an league average player at his position.
ECU's Jeff Lebo takes Dean Smith up on posthumous dinner offer
When people reel off names of players coached by Dean Smith, Jeff Lebo probably isn’t high on the list. Smith had a major impact on Lebo, however. Lebo played under Smith at North Carolina from 1985-89 and is now the men's head coach at East Carolina. When Lebo received his $200 check from Smith’s trust after Smith's death last month, he did exactly what he was supposed to do — he went out for dinner.