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Joel Berry on Point
Joel Berry quietly emerged as UNC’s most consistent scorer during its postseason run last year. The junior point guard is no longer able to avoid the glare of the spotlight as he steps into a leading role for the Tar Heels’ 2016-17 season. His offseason work was fine-tuning his shot to boost his shooting percentages while also taking more of an initiative in scoring.
Utah Jazz waive Draft pick Marcus Paige
The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has waived forward Eric Dawson, forward/guard Quincy Ford and guard Marcus Paige. Paige (6-2, 175, North Carolina) averaged 5.5 points and 1.5 assists in two preseason games for Utah. He also competed at the Utah Jazz Summer League and NBA Summer League for the Jazz entries.
ICTV: Theo Pinson Focused on Form
Theo Pinson enters the 2016-17 season healthy and poised to play - and start - in a major role. Last offseason was about battling an injury. This offseason? Battling his own jumpshot. The junior made mechanical changes to his shooting form in an effort to improve the consistency of his outside shot.
Tom Izzo Named Recipient of 2016 Dean Smith Award
Tom Izzo is adding another award to a growing list of honors as the Michigan State coach. The U.S. Basketball Writers Association announced Thursday it has selected Izzo to receive this year's Dean Smith Award, given annually to an individual in college basketball who embodies the spirit and values of the late North Carolina coaching great.
Chansky’s Notebook: Limping And Smiling
Limping and bow-legged, Ol’ Roy is better. Roy Williams made his first public appearance of the new basketball season this week at the annual UNC media day. Dressed in a sharp suit and engaging as ever, Williams later revealed his true self to a couple of sportswriters in the hallway outside the Smith Center training room.
What would Dean do about HB2?
March Madness came early in North Carolina on Monday night, and arrived with perhaps the state’s most significant NCAA tournament defeat in history. And so the question became relevant when the reality set in: What would Dean do? What would the late, great North Carolina coach Dean Smith do if he were here to experience this?
With the college basketball season a month away, here's a quick primer
UNC's men's basketball team won't suffer NCAA penalties: Coach Roy Williams has been adamant that his program won't get hit from the NCAA's investigation into fraudulent classes at the university. There is no indication that Williams is wrong. Tar Heels critics will be hot, but the only lasting effect this crisis will likely have on the program will be a PR hit.
Nate Britt, Tar Heels show that brotherly bonds trump bad memories
Before bringing his brother to Chapel Hill for a few days this summer, Nate Britt asked his teammates if it would be cool. Some Tar Heels were fine. They figured it was family. And he’d come to town before, so why not? For others, the idea of having Villanova’s Kris Jenkins - the player who had one heck of a shining moment at UNC’s expense – in their midst was tough to take.
Q&A With Joel Berry and Kennedy Meeks
Joel Berry II on what he and the team worked on in the offseason: “For me personally, I worked on my shot again this summer and that is a big thing we need to focus on. Getting the ball in the basket. Last year we were an okay three point shooting team, but we are working to get that up. Individually I am going to work on taking initiative and scoring more."
Late Night With Roy: Getting to know Jesse Holley
The annual Late Night With Roy event is the unofficial start to the college basketball season for the North Carolina Tar Heels. This year, the Tar Heels turned to a former two-sport athlete to host the event as Jesse Holley will get his first chance to shine at LNWR. Recently, Keeping It Heel’s Horran Cameron was afforded the opportunity to chat with Holley.
Marcus Ginyard: 7th Signing Date
Signing my National Letter of Intent (NLI) to attend the University of North Carolina was one of the proudest moments of my life. From as early as I can remember, I spent the majority of my time running up and down the basketball court. Luckily for me, I was able to find a passion for something that would allow me to experience a world not seen by many.
Video: Kennedy Meeks Media Day Interview
North Carolina senior forward Kennedy Meeks speaks with Tar Heel Illustrated during the Tar Heels' annual media day on Tuesday.
Video: Hubert Davis Predicts His Winner of the Late Night With Roy 3-Point Shootout
Get the Late Night With Roy 3-point shootout scoop from NBA 3-point shootout veteran and North Carolina assistant basketball coach Hubert Davis.
UNC's Freshmen Adapting to College Game
UNC’s 2016-17 season is not dependent upon the success of its freshman class, although that group of newcomers has turned heads through the first two weeks of practice. The 2016 class includes forward Tony Bradley, guard Seventh Woods and wings Brandon Robinson, and Shea Rush. The quartet have all impressed, but so far Bradley has stood out.
UNC men's basketball hopes to turn heartbreak into success
Roy Williams still hasn’t seen it. And he’s not sure he ever will. There doesn’t seem much point to it now, more than six months after the North Carolina men’s basketball team lost on a buzzer beater to Villanova in the national title game. He’s seen the shot itself, a 25-footer from the Wildcats’ Kris Jenkins that broke UNC’s heart.