Can you name UNC basketball’s record 47 first-round draft picks?
Justin Jackson is expected to become North Carolina’s 48th first-round pick in program history in Thursday night’s NBA Draft and the 16th under head coach Roy Williams. Freshman Tony Bradley also has a chance to sneak into the first round. If Bradley does make the leap into the top 30, he and Jackson will join this lengthy list of Tar Heel first-round picks. (Durham Herald-Sun
NBA Draft: When Will Justin Jackson & Tony Bradley Be Selected?
The 2017 NBA Draft will take place Thursday night, and at least one Tar Heel is slated to go in the first round, with an outside chance the Heels land two among the first 30 selections. Justin Jackson is projected to go in the first round of all 10 mock drafts THI looked at, with his lowest projected spot No. 23 and highest No. 13 by both CBSSports.com and NBA.com. (Tar Heel Illustrated
Chansky’s Notebook: Finally, It’s Here!
Wouldn’t it be great for Tony Bradley to play for the Hornets so UNC fans could keep up with his progress even if it wasn’t with the Tar Heels? That would be a win-win. So as we await the NBA draft tonight and the fate of Justin Jackson as well as Bradley, and keep our eyes on Kennedy Meeks to see if he sneaks into the second round, the possibilities seem endless. (Chapelboro.com
Nate Britt Jr. and Kris Jenkins: From Becoming Brothers to National Champions to Draft Prospects
Not only did Nate Britt and Kris Jenkins excel in and out of the classroom together at Gonzaga College High School (Washington, D.C.) and win multiple AAU titles as teammates, but they also celebrated back-to-back national championships. Jenkins won with Villanova (in 2016), while Britt won with UNC (this year), as Jenkins sat behind the Tar Heels' bench. (NBPA
NBA Draft Primer: UNC players in final mock drafts
UNC has five players available to be drafted (Justin Jackson, Tony Bradley, Isaiah Hicks, Kennedy Meeks, Nate Britt), but only two (Jackson and Bradley) are locks to be selected in the first two rounds. Hicks has an outside chance of going late in the second round. With just hours until the NBA Draft, let's take a look at where we might expect these Tar Heels to be drafted. (Carolina Blue
Sources: Spurs open to trading Danny Green
With the NBA draft less than 24 hours away, the Spurs are doing their due diligence in hopes of improving their roster for next season. League sources have told the Express-News the Spurs are open to trading guard Danny Green, though no deal is close as of yet. Green, who signed a four-year, $40 million deal in 2015, is scheduled to make $10 million next season. (San Antonio Express-News
Justin Jackson won free throw contest at UNC camp 10 years ago
Ten years ago this week UNC's Justin Jackson won the free throw contest at Roy Williams' summer basketball camp. Carolina assistant coach Brad Frederick posted the picture of the old score sheet on twitter Wednesday. It was quite foreshadowing. Jackson would go on to be named ACC Player of the Year in 2017 while helping lead UNC to the National Championship. (Carolina Blue
UNC basketball's signature moves
North Carolina basketball fans have seen a number of “go-to” moves of their own by various Tar Heels. Over the years, these dunks, passes, and shots have helped lead UNC basketball teams to various titles in the ACC and NCAA. Ed Cota’s “Cota Floata” - When it comes to UNC signature moves, I think this Ed Cota move should always be at the top of any Tar Heel list. (Tar Heel Blog
UNC basketball stars on way out could lead to more talent coming in
When the 2017 NBA Draft takes place on Thursday, players throughout college basketball — and the world — will realize their professional dreams. At least two will come from UNC. Tar Heels Justin Jackson, a junior, and Tony Bradley, a freshman, will be among the men to hear their names called. For the future of North Carolina basketball, that’s a good thing. (FanRag Sports
UNC’s Justin Jackson: ‘I should not have been ACC player of the year’
Last March, Justin Jackson became the 14th player from North Carolina to win the ACC men’s basketball player of the year. But during an NBA draft media day in New York Wednesday, Jackson told reporters he didn’t think he should’ve been the choice. Instead, Jackson picked Duke’s Luke Kennard. "In my mind, he was the ACC Player of the Year." (Charlotte Observer
Video: Isaiah Hicks NBA Draft Tape
UNC's Isaiah Hicks was a solid contributor for the Tar Heels during their 2017 NCAA National Championship Run. Hicks was an iron man for North Carolina, playing in 151 career games, tied for 2nd all-time in ACC history. Around the basket, Hicks knew what to do in the paint with the basketball.
With Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen in attendance, Justin Jackson works out for Portland
The most telling part of Justin Jackson's predraft workout with the Portland Trail Blazers had nothing to do with his shot missing the mark. Blazers owner Paul Allen and vice chairman Bert Kolde were courtside to watch Jackson in a group workout. That Allen was in the building is an indicator that the franchise and its owner had special interest in the final group. (Oregon Live
Inside the Playbook: Kenny Williams, Cam Johnson could create headaches for ACC foes
It’s time to draw out another play in the dirt. This time, our focus is on Kenny Williams and North Carolina. UNC will look for ways to utilize catch-and-shoot maven Cameron Johnson. Roy Williams will have plenty of options in 2017-18, including a nifty 1-3 pick-and-pop. However, there’s another method to achieve offensive madness: guard-to-guard screens away from the ball. (ACC Sports Journal
North Carolina's Justin Jackson Opts For Winning Over One-And-Done
For the most part, University of North Carolina’s Justin Jackson, one of six participants in Portland’s sixth and final pre-draft workout held on Monday at the team’s facility in Tualatin, has all the skills you’d want in a modern NBA player. And perhaps most importantly, he’s proven himself to be a winner while playing in the most difficult conference in college basketball. (NBA.com
The Two Biggest Sleepers in the 2017 NBA Draft
The two best big men in the draft might be two freshmen who came off the bench for their respective teams in the national championship game. Everyone knows about Zach Collins, who is widely seen as a lottery pick. However, his counterpart at UNC, Tony Bradley, is projected as a late-first-round or early-second-round pick, even though his per-40 minute numbers were similar. (The Ringer