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Raymond Felton hits game winning lay-up (video)
On Friday evening Dallas Maverick guard and former Tar Heel great Raymond Felton hit a game winning shot with 1.5 second remaining in double overtime to put the Mavericks over the Nuggets 144-143. With time winding down, Felton used a sharp cross-over dribble to get past his defender and then layed the ball high off the glass for the decisive two points.
Hugh Morton and the NCAA tournament (photos)
Here’s an interesting factoid from Obscurityville: photographer Hugh Morton was a UNC freshman when the NCAA held its very first men’s basketball tournament in March 1939. Clemson defeated Maryland in the 1939 Southern Conference Tournament; it was Wake Forest, however, with the conference’s best regular season record that the NCAA selected for its eight-team national championship tournament. Wake Forest lost its opening-round game to Ohio State, 64–52.
UNC lineup still flush without Tokoto
UNC still is built to contend for the 2016 national championship. Even with J.P. Tokoto this week announcing he’d declare for the NBA draft — he came out of nowhere with that — UNC still will be a heavyweight next season. Losing Tokoto is kind of a big deal. For all of his clanked jumpers and turnovers, he’s a supremely athletic guy capable of really guarding the perimeter.
J.P. Tokoto is gone. He's not coming back, so don't read into the not-signing-an-agent talk. As forgiving a man as Roy Williams is, as devoted and loyal to his players as the UNC coach is, there's no way he could accept Tokoto back after his comments to THI parent company Yahoo! Sports this week.
Video: Tokoto's best dunks at UNC
J.P. Tokoto's decision to enter the 2015 NBA draft was shocking to many. While there is a glimmer of hope that the 6-foot-6 wing from Wisconsin could return to Chapel Hill for his senior season (he will not sign an agent), it is clear his intention is to improve his draft stock and work to get selected by an NBA club this summer
Dean Smith welcomed first female manager to basketball family
A lifelong Tar Heels basketball fan, Julie Dalton Loos knew she wanted to be connected to the Carolina basketball program when she arrived in Chapel Hill 1979. After an attempt to join the cheerleading squad failed to get Loos courtside, she took more drastic measures: she wrote coach Dean Smith a letter to ask if he could use front office help – or if she could possibly join the team as a manager.
Season in review: Kennedy Meeks
Kennedy Meeks' second year in Chapel Hill was a slight let down from the high expectations put on him after his freshman year. He was not the go-to scorer many thought he could be. Injury, sickness, and fatigue could all be to blame as to why Meeks was unable to maintain consistency. The potential is there for a 15-point, eight rebound guy. His junior season should give him a chance to realize that production.
J.P. Tokoto takes a gamble with early exit
J.P. Tokoto is gambling that he can improve his game in time for the June 25 NBA draft. He said he plans to skip his senior season at UNC and see how he makes out against pros. If Tokoto doesn't hire an agent then he has until April 26 to withdraw from the NBA draft, although the way he expressed himself made it sound like he's committed to turning pro.
J.P. Tokoto sees an opening when he passes on his senior year
J.P. Tokoto revealed Wednesday that he's leaving school early and declaring for the NBA Draft. A 6-foot-5 wing with an unreliable jump shot and no guarantee of being drafted, Tokoto told Yahoo! Sports that he can be "more than just the defensive player who can occasionally dunk the ball. I know I can be so much more, but I'm not sure that I'm pushed to be that much more (in college)."
J.P. Tokoto Declares For NBA Draft
UNC junior forward J.P. Tokoto announced last evening his intention to enter the 2015 NBA Draft. “J.P. and I have had multiple meetings since the end of the season, including one yesterday afternoon,” says UNC head coach Roy Williams. “He has made the decision to enter the NBA Draft at this time. We support J.P. in his decision and will continue to assist him as he pursues his dream of playing professional basketball."
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UNC's J.P. Tokoto to declare for the 2015 NBA draft
North Carolina Tar Heels junior J.P. Tokoto will enter the 2015 NBA draft, he told Yahoo Sports on Wednesday. Tokoto, an All-ACC first-team defender for the Tar Heels, forgoes his final year of college eligibility with a clear knowledge of his standing among league executives. Tokoto, 21, won’t initially sign with an agent, he said, which would give him the freedom to withdraw from the June draft prior to the April 26 early entry deadline.
Impact of J.P. Tokoto's Departure
There will be plenty of discussion of J.P. Tokoto's decision to enter the NBA Draft and dissect his quotes. The nature of his announcement and the quotes themselves make it clear, barring injury, Tokoto isn't coming back to Chapel Hill despite leaving the door open by not hiring an agent. With UNC losing an underclassmen to the NBA Draft for a fourth consecutive season, here is the potential impact on next season.
Everett Case’s gift in 1966 foreshadowed Dean Smith’s in 2015
You probably heard that former North Carolina coach Dean Smith recently left each of his 180 varsity lettermen $200 apiece in his will, asking that the player “enjoy a dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith.” What you probably have not heard is that N.C. State coach Everett Case did something similar in 1966. Case, in fact, left his players more of his money and also divided it in a much different way.
2 Indiana basketball courts refreshed with help of Kenny Smith
The Final Four brings a lot of attention to the circle city, but it also leaves behind a lasting legacy. Two Indiana basketball courts will be refurbished, thanks to a donation announced Sunday by NBA champion and basketball analyst Kenny Smith.