Marcus Ginyard

Ginyard: Thanksgiving on the Road

Thanksgiving 2017 marks the seventh Turkey Day in eight years that I have spent away from home.  Next month, I will celebrate my eighth consecutive Christmas away from home. Life on the road means missing holidays, birthdays, graduations, and every other cause for celebration. As I approach a decade of professional basketball in Europe, it’s now the norm to be absent from the family holiday photos. This is by no means a message of discontent. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. I’ve traded holidays at home for holidays around the globe, and I wouldn’t want it any other way....

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Late Night Starts Long Grind For The New

As “Late Night with Roy” approaches, the excitement of the unique spectacle is palpable in Chapel Hill. Not only is it a time to celebrate the start of something new, it’s also a reminder of the previous season. In 2016, our glory had been stolen from us at the last second, a nightmare that followed us long after we pinched ourselves. This time, it will call to mind the proud and nostalgic moments of a triumphant journey Tar Heels fans will never forget. Even as the Heels prepare for the 2017-18 season, it will be hard not to think...

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Marcus Ginyard Basketball Camp to Host Chapel Hill Community Day!

The Marcus Ginyard Basketball Camp is thrilled to be less than two weeks away from our first Chapel Hill Community Day! We’ve partnered with Chapel Hill Parks and Rec, Chapel Hill Police and Fire Department, as well as established local businesses Italian Pizzeria 3 and Chapel Hill Sportswear to create a clinic, free for 60 young campers that will focus on much more than just hoops! The two-day clinic will cover fundamental basketball skills such as dribbling, passing and shooting, while also incorporating engaging activities and demonstrations with the Police and Fire Departments of Chapel Hill. We expect to...

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A Championship Dream, Redeemed

(Marcus Ginyard, a member of the Tar Heels from 2005-2010, is playing professionally in Poland this season.) In November of 2016, I interviewed Joel Berry II and Justin Jackson on the importance of preparation as they set out for what we’ve all dubbed the “Redemption Tour.” They spoke very openly about the heartbreak they suffered when Jenkins made that three-pointer that has haunted us all for the last year and suddenly stole their dream in the 2016 title game. Jackson specifically told me that moment played in his head, motivating him to push harder in his off-season preparation, resulting...

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Championship Memories – A View from Afar

I was in Northern Poland. Słupsk, where I’m currently playing. I was on my couch in my apartment, tip-off was at 3:20 a.m. here in Europe. Set my alarm at 2:45 a.m. to give myself plenty of time to wake up and test my internet connection so I could stream the game on my computer. The biggest thing I remember from 2009 was just the overwhelming feeling of relief. Of finally reaching our goal which, similar to 2016, we fell short of in 2008. I remember the return to the hotel and all the former players and alum we...

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The Power of Pinson

If you’ve watched the Tar Heels, and of course if you’re a fan, you can’t help but root for Theo Pinson. He makes it easy to love him. He makes plays, and he leaves his heart on the court. He’s been dubbed the “Energy Guy,” “Lightning Rod” and “Stat Stuffer,” amongst other things. Whatever we call him, we know he’s got “it.” That something that takes this Carolina squad to elite status when sprinkled on top of the performances of [Joel] Berry II, [Justin] Jackson and [Kennedy] Meeks, who are Top 10 in ACC in assists, points and rebounds,...

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“Everyone has the will to win. Few have the will to prepare.”

Just as few have the will to prepare, few will take the time to truly appreciate the weight these words carry. In order to reach our highest dreams, our preparation must be calculated and executed with precision over extended periods of time. I believe we all have been tempted to fall into the trap of taking shortcuts, thinking a short period of accelerated “preparation” will produce the desired results. One of the things I’ve learned is that I perform the best when I’m most prepared and that the time for preparation has no end date. Obviously, there is a...

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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.

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Ginyard: The Final Four is Different

NANTES, France – And then, there were Four… First, I would like to congratulate my basketball program on its awesome journey to Houston! I know just how hard the guys have worked and what an opportunity like this means to them. As always, I have been in front of my computer many times, at 3am, wrapped in blanket, muffling my cheers to a whisper as not to cause a disturbance in the building. Those nights turned into a few sick days, but having an extra bounce in my step after some big wins have made it all worth it....

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Ginyard: My First of Four Ws at Duke

Coach Williams always talks about how your collegiate career can speed by, usually conveying the message with a snap of his fingers. It’s a simple gesture, but the most appropriate as well. It’s hard to believe that some of the best moments of your life come and go before you can truly understand their importance. Marcus Paige, Brice Johnson and Joel James can attest to that now that their last game in the Smith Center is behind them. As our seniors prepare to face Duke in Durham for the last time, it dawned on me that this weekend marks...

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