UNC Basketball

PJ Hairston convinced Charlotte Hornets he’s owned up to his mistakes

On Thursday the Hornets bet the 26th pick on shooting guard P.J. Hairston, who made a mountain of trouble for himself that cost him his remaining college eligibility. Between a job interview in Chicago and two workouts in Charlotte, Hairston convinced the Hornets he’s grown up and can be trusted. “There are concerns always when there have been things in the past,” coach Steve Clifford said. (Charlotte Observer)

Raymond Felton has 'fresh start' with Mavericks

Raymond Felton, who is coming off the worst year of his career on and off the court, wasn’t included in the six-player trade with the New York Knicks because the Mavs wanted him. The Knicks insisted on dumping Felton in the deal with Chandler. The Mavs, however, are hopeful that the 30-year-old Felton can get his career back on track in Dallas. (

Humbled PJ Hairston given the ultimate second chance by Hornets … but will he take advantage of it?

There’s a scene in the Hollywood classic “The Natural” in which the character played by Glenn Close encourages fallen hero Roy Hobbs as he laments the mistakes he has made in his checkered past. “I believe we all have two lives,” she says, “the one we learn with and the life we live with after that.” (Wilmington Star News)

UNC Finishes Fourteenth in Director's Cup Standings

UNC finished fourteenth in the final 2013-2014 Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings, the National Association of College Directors of Athletics announced Friday. Carolina compiled a total 976 points, led by the women’s tennis team with a second-place finish of 90 points. (

ACC Players on NBA Summer League rosters

Rosters for the NBA’s two summer leagues are starting to take shape, with several former ACC stars already committed to playing for teams in either Orlando or Las Vegas. More players will be added to the rosters as the games get closer. Lakers: Kendall Marshall, guard, UNC. Warriors: James Michael McAdoo, UNC. (Wilmington Star News)

Clinic Notes: Roy Williams' UNC Secondary Break

Secondary Break and UNC Transition, Roy Williams, University of North Carolina: Don’t be married to the way you want to play. Sometime it doesn’t work. Stop practice to stress shot selection (empower don’t threaten). Players must understand that there are good shots and bad shots and that those shots vary based on who is taking them. (Men's Basketball Hoop Scoop)

P.J. Hairston: I’m In Charlotte To Prove People Wrong (audio)

New Charlotte Hornets guard and former Tar Heel P.J. Hairston joined The Mac Attack show on Charlotte sports talk station WFNZ the morning after draft night to discuss his reaction to returning to his home state, what he will bring to the team, and how he learned from the difficult choices he has made over the past couple years. (CBS Charlotte)

Vince Carter impressing in whole new ways now

Since he was a middle-teen in the early ’90s, Vince Carter has impressed people. At first blush, with his basketball skills, but also, eventually, with his naturally friendly demeanor and well-rounded interests (he was a Mainland High drum major, don’t forget). But we wouldn’t have known about any of that other stuff if we hadn’t first known Vince Carter the basketball player. (Daytona Beach News-Journal)

P.J. Hairston 'fully regrets' issues

Charlotte Hornets shooting guard P.J. Hairston said he's learned from his past mistakes and believes his off-the-court problems are behind him. Hairston, the 26th overall pick in the NBA draft, said Friday at introductory press conference that he "fully regrets everything that happened" around benefits and eligibility issues while playing at North Carolina. Hairston said he's matured over the past year. (

Your Opinion on McAdoo's Draft Decision Doesn't Really Matter

Time will tell how this decision plays out for James Michael McAdoo. In the meantime, he is a 21 year old newlywed who at best could latch onto an NBA roster somewhere or at worst end up playing basketball for money in Europe. It may not be what he or anyone else expected but there are far worse ways to spend your time. Ultimately, if McAdoo is happy then it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. (Tar Heel Blog)

Campers return year after to Vince Carter Basketball Academy

Vince Carter’s 9-year-old daughter, Kai, is beginning her third year as a camper at the Vince Carter Youth Basketball Academy at Mainland High. That makes her part of a much larger family. Some campers keep coming back year after year. (Daytona Beach News-Journal)

James McAdoo Deserves Chance at NBA Dream After Going Undrafted

There's a lesson to be learned for all college underclassmen looking to declare for the NBA draft early. Making it to the NBA is difficult, and the road is not as easily paved as some highly touted college prospects might think. James Michael McAdoo of North Carolina learned that lesson the hard way. (Bleacher Report)

UNC forward Brice Johnson aims to ’turn it up’ after McAdoo’s departure

At first Brice Johnson didn’t know what to think – whether he should be disappointed that James Michael McAdoo was leaving North Carolina or whether he should be excited about the opportunity McAdoo’s departure presents. “I couldn’t tell you how I was feeling at the time,” Johnson, the Tar Heels’ rising junior forward, said Thursday. (Charlotte Observer)

P.J. Hairston Goes 26th Overall In NBA Draft

P.J. Hairston became the 46th former UNC player to become a first-round NBA Draft pick when the Miami Heat picked him 26th overall on Thursday night in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Heat reportedly will trade Hairston to Charlotte in the deal involving former Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier, pending NBA approval. Hairston is Carolina's 15th first-round pick under head coach Roy Williams. (

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)

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