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Surprised by McAdoo’s departure, Brice Johnson ready to step into starring role for UNC

As much as Brice Johnson will miss playing along side his friend James Michael McAdoo this season, the 6-foot-9 rising junior figures to benefit from McAdoo’s early departure because of the opportunity it will allow him to move over to his natural power forward position. Johnson spent the better part of his first two college seasons playing as an undersized center. (Wilmington Star News)

Video: Danny Green’s D-League journey

San Antonio Spurs’ Danny Green emerged as an important cog in the Spurs’ system during their 2014 NBA championship run. He was as a deadly three-point shooter, a solid defender and a professional as he understood his role in order to help the team reach its goal. But before he became an NBA champion, Green started off in the NBA’s D-League where he honed his skills and paid his dues. (Project Spurs)

Brice Johnson primed for breakout

Teams for pick up basketball at North Carolina are picked by point guards - this summer, junior Marcus Paige and sophomore Nate Britt - and rosters rotate. Junior Brice Johnson has been impressed with what little he's seen from newcomers Joel Berry, Justin Jackson and Theo Pinson, but if he had his pick of a team right now, he answers readily that his five-man roster would list veterans. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Brice Johnson Ready to Step Up

When the Tar Heel basketball team stepped on the Smith Center floor on Thursday for its first summer practice session, Brice Johnson officially began his junior campaign. It’ll be a season during which much will be expected of him. He’s the team’s second leading returning scorer (10.3 ppg), and was the No. 2 rebounder a year ago (6.1 rpg). He led the team in field goal percentage (56.6%) and blocked shots (1.3 pg). (Inside Carolina)

NBA Draft Profile: P.J. Hairston

The NBA Draft is tonight and former Tar Heel P.J. Hairston is being projected as a first round pick, somewhere in the early 20s. Here is a quick rundown of Hairston's background and prospects heading to the NBA. P.J. Hairston came out of high school as the #11 player in the class of 2011 according to the Recruiting Services Consensus Index. (Tar Heel Blog)

Tar Heel Draft Day Primer

Expectations are that P.J. Hairston has a chance to become Carolina's 46th first-round NBA Draft pick tonight when the annual event begins at 7 p.m. on ESPN. Hairston would be the 15th first-round draft selection coached by Roy Williams at UNC, and he would be the 35th first-round pick for the Tar Heels since 1980, which leads the nation. James Michael McAdoo may also be picked, likely in the second round. (GoHeels.com)

Why Not George Karl For The Lakers Coaching Position?

Since becoming the head coach of the Denver Nuggets in 2005, Karl has made the playoffs every year in the superior Western Conference. Karl’s success arguably peaked in the 2012-13 season, when he won the Coach of the Year award on the heels of a franchise record 57 wins. Karl’s team achieved this record while being the third youngest team in the league, without a single All-Star. (Lakers Nation)

Turner's Take: Summer Practice Begins

Two years ago, the NCAA began allowing college basketball teams two hours per week of summer practice. Carolina will take advantage of that beginning today. “We’ll introduce a lot of our basic stuff, a lot of our terminologies and our defensive schemes with the freshmen so that they know what to expect and communicate the same language that the veteran guys do,” Jackson Simmons said Wednesday. (GoHeels.com)

McAdoo may have lost hype, but he's not without hope

In three years, James Michael McAdoo has gone from high school All-American to projected NBA first-round pick to an enigmatic performer who didn't live up to the hype others heaped on him. Now, McAdoo is hoping to forge another identity: as a steal in tonight's NBA draft. It's a chance at revisionist history for a player who has been a case study in the way expectations influence perception. (Virginian-Pilot)

NBA draft next step in P.J. Hairston's unusual journey

P.J. Hairston appears to have improved his draft stock with his play in Texas. But after leaving North Carolina, he still had to answer to NBA general managers about his conduct and decision-making. ESPN’s mock NBA front office selected Hairston 11th overall in its draft exercise. That group comprised five people that included a former NBA GM and talent evaluator. (Greensboro News & Record)

Basketball Summer Interviews Begin

With the legendary UNC pick-up games in full swing, we are also seeing the first rumblings of information regarding how the 2014-15 Tar Heel team is coming together. The first four summer practices are set to begin on Thursday and with the summer, player interviews have started. Kennedy Meeks also is getting rave reviews. His weight is down to 277 from the 290 he was listed at last season. (Tar Heel Blog)

P.J. Hairston‘s biggest NBA challenge is his past

P.J. Hairston is an NBA-ready shooter who plays above-average defense and has the size to make an immediate impact. In all those ways, he’s just what the Charlotte Hornets need. They have the ninth and 24th picks in Thursday’s NBA draft and have shown interest in Hairston. The questions aren’t whether he’s physically ready – but whether he’s mature enough to overcome his troubled past. (Charlotte Observer)

Dean Smith's Legacy Continues to Live on in Today's Coaches

Dean Smith's last game as a college basketball coach was in 1997 when his North Carolina team fell to eventual national champion Arizona in the Final Four. But even though it's been more than 17 years since Smith was the coach of record in any contest, his influence on the modern game is so prevalent it's like he's been an assistant for most of the top programs in the nation. (Bleacher Report)

UNC seniors aware of preseason hype, hit that program's perceived "brand" and "character" have taken

North Carolina's basketball team likely will enter the 2014-15 season with a top-10 national ranking. Jackson Simmons and Desmond Hubert, two seniors who met with reporters Wednesday in the Smith Center, understand the reasons for the high expectations and even appreciate them. (Fayetteville Observer)

John Henson returns to Tampa to host camp

John Henson never forgot his roots. After playing basketball at Sickles High School, then moving on to play basketball at perennial national powerhouse the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, then being drafted and signing with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2012 NBA Draft, the former Gryphon is coming back home. (Tampa Bay Times)

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(9) North Carolina8-219-4
(7) Virginia8-319-4
(13) Louisville8-319-5
Notre Dame8-417-7
(12) Miami7-318-4
Duke7-418-6
Clemson7-514-10
Pittsburgh6-417-5
Florida State6-516-7
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Virginia Tech5-613-11
Georgia Tech2-812-11
NC State2-912-12
Wake Forest1-1010-13
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