UNC Basketball

Summer Interviews: Marcus Paige and Nate Britt

The UNC basketball summer interview tour continued today with Nate Britt and Marcus Paige briefing the media on what they've been doing since the end of the 2013-14 season. The biggest question for Nate Britt was why he switched shooting hands. Britt played last season using his left hand to shoot. A few weeks ago he decided to change to his right hand which he says is more comfortable. (Tar Heel Blog)

Video: One-on-one with Kennedy Meeks

Jones Angell sits down with North Carolina sophomore center Kennedy Meeks to talk about his summer, conditioning and the upcoming season. (View Video...)

P.J. Hairston: Chance meeting at grocery store led to car swap with Josh Gordon

Charlotte Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston says he met Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon at a Triangle grocery store, which eventually led to Gordon driving Hairston’s Cadillac when he was arrested on a DWI charge in Raleigh. According to Hairston, he switched cars with Gordon that night, taking Gordon’s Mercedes. (Charlotte Observer)

UNC legend Phil Ford shoots advice, scores with kids

A 7-year-old once asked the great Phil Ford to show him how to do Allen Iverson’s crossover dribble. Iverson, who was a fantastic point guard for the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, could dribble with both hands — the 7-year-old couldn’t go left, Ford said. Fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Turner's Take: Transforming Body and Mind

Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks addressed the media Wednesday afternoon at the Smith Center. The two are both undergoing transformations ahead of their sophomore seasons. For Meeks, it’s a physical transformation. As a freshman, he was a key component in the post in stretches off of the bench. Meeks’ physical transformation continues this summer. (

Stilman White embraces return

Stilman White is back to what he knows, back from a Mormon mission that forced him to bear blisteringly cold northern Utah winters, talk to strangers and hardly touch a basketball. “I was a little sad leaving Chapel Hill because I had gotten comfortable and happy,” White said. “I knew it was going to be here when I got back.” (Daily Tar Heel)

Vince Carter may be over the hill, but he can still help a team win

There are still crushed anklebones and shattered rims in most of the basketball arenas in which Vince Carter has played. The aerial artist that brought the NBA slam dunk contest – thought long gone since the days of Jordan and Wilkins — to a summit; who brought us “le dunk de la mort” en route to a gold medal in Sydney; who brought Vinsanity to every home in the country—is entering the final period of his career. (Washington Post)

Apparently Kennedy Meeks Can Do a Windmill Dunk Now

Is there any doubt UNC's strength and conditioning program is the best in college basketball assuming the player is willing to do the work? In one year Jonas Sahratian has taken an out-of-shape player in Kennedy Meeks, enabled him to drop almost 50 pounds and improve the athletic aspects of his game. And it's not like Meeks is the first player to enter the program and develop significantly. (Tar Heel Blog)

Kendall Marshall to Lead Lakers in Summer League

During his exit interview in April, Kendall Marshall said he would play in the Las Vegas Summer League ... if the Lakers wanted him to. As it has turned out, they do. Though summer league rosters are typically made up of rookies and sophomores, Marshall spoke of how he almost felt like a rookie last season because of limited court time during his first year. (

Windmills at 270 for Kennedy Meeks

A slimmed down Kennedy Meeks threw down a windmill dunk on his first try at the end of Monday’s practice. “That’s a dunk I could never do,” Meeks said on Wednesday. “I finally got it.” The rising Charlotte, N.C. sophomore arrived in Chapel Hill last summer weighing 317 pounds. He’s currently hovering in the 270-273 range after nearly 50 pounds of weight loss. (Inside Carolina)

Kennedy Meeks down about 45 pounds from last summer

North Carolina's Kennedy Meeks is still slimming down. The rising sophomore says he weighs around 270 pounds, down about 45 pounds since arriving on campus. In an interview with reporters Wednesday, Meeks said he feels more explosive and can play longer stretches without fatigue. Meeks says he has done better in the weight room and wants to weigh 265 pounds for next season. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Best Games Of 2013-14: No. 8

No. 8: Carolina 85, NC State 84 (OT) - Men's Basketball, Feb. 26, 2014: When the Tar Heels made the short trip to Raleigh in the final game of February 2014, Roy Williams' squad was riding a nine-game winning streak that included a perfect, 7-0 mark in the month. NC State entered the game on a run of mixed results since a 14-point loss to UNC in Chapel Hill. (

Tyler Zeller acquired by Boston Celtics in trade

Former UNC center Tyler Zeller was acquired by the Boston Celtics in a three team deal that included the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Brooklyn Nets. The move was made by the Cavaliers with the intention to clear cap space for free-agent LeBron James The 7-foot-0, 253-pound Zeller played the last two injury plagued seasons for the Cavaliers. (Carolina Blue)

Jesse Holley on McCants: 'Rashad is still our brother'

Former UNC multi-sport athlete Jesse Holley came on The David Glenn Show on Tuesday, and among topics discussed were Rashad McCants' recent allegations that North Carolina's basketball program was deeply involved in academic fraud. Holley and McCants were teammates on the Tar Heels' 2005 national championship team. During the interview, Holley said that while he is angry, he still considers McCants as family. (ACC Sports Journal)

Rashad McCants Says UNC & NCAA Are Writing Him Checks

At this point, Rashad McCants' credibility, which was shaky to begin with, is almost non-existent. As long as he persists in talking to just the media and not UNC, the NCAA or Kenneth Wainstein, McCants will continue to be a sideshow. And those people who are propping him up may be guilty of a more repugnant exploitation than McCants is claiming UNC engaged in nine years ago. (Tar Heel Blog)

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