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NCAA Investigation Behind Them, Tar Heels Turning Eye Toward Future at Men’s Basketball Media Day

With the cloud of the NCAA investigation now in the rearview mirror for head coach Roy Williams and the UNC men’s basketball team, the focus at the Tar Heels’ media day on Tuesday started to turn toward the future. For the last six years and change—depending on the timeline you want to use—Williams and UNC have battled endless criticism on the recruiting trail related to the investigation. While the Tar Heels watched the nation’s top high school players continuously choose other schools such as Duke, Kentucky and Kansas, Williams was forced into winning with recruits who would stick around...

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Late Night With Roy Kicks Off UNC Basketball Season

It’s that time of year. Basketball season has arrived in Chapel Hill, as UNC hosted its annual Late Night With Roy season kickoff event on Friday night at the Smith Center. Fans were once again treated to the usual variety of skits and dance performances, as well as the team’s Blue-White scrimmage–which Theo Pinson and the Blue team won by a score of 35-30. Perhaps the most exciting part of the night, however, came at the beginning–when the 2017 NCAA Championship banner was revealed to the crowd. A similar reaction was created during player introductions when Pinson came out...

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UNC Lands Top 10 Hoops Recruit Nassir Little

UNC landed its first top 10 men’s basketball recruit since 2014 on Wednesday evening, with the commitment of Class of 2018 prospect Nassir Little. A 6-foot-7-inch wing forward from Orlando, Florida (Orlando Christian Prep), Little chose the Tar Heels over Duke, Georgia Tech, Arizona and Miami. Listed as the No. 10 senior in America by Scout.com, he is UNC’s highest-ranked recruit since Justin Jackson, and becomes the third member of a loaded recruiting class for head coach Roy Williams–one which already includes highly-touted guards Coby White and Rechon “Leaky” Black. “I just love Coach Williams,” Little said, in an...

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Roy Williams to Receive Nell and John Wooden Leadership Award

UNC head men’s basketball coach Roy Williams will be honored with the Nell and John Wooden Leadership in Coaching Award, it was announced Wednesday. The award will be presented Thursday, Oct. 12 at the Watergate Hotel in Washington D.C. as part of the Nell and John Wooden Leadership in Coaching Awards Dinner. Williams is coming off his third national championship at the helm of the Tar Heels, and is currently entering his 15th season in Chapel Hill. A North Carolina graduate and native, Williams has won 816 games as a head coach at both UNC and Kansas–along with making...

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UNC Men’s Basketball Championship Team to Skip White House Visit

Although it’s a common tradition for championship winning teams to visit the White House, the UNC men’s basketball team will not be celebrating its accomplishment with President Donald Trump this year. Trump took to Twitter early Saturday morning in order to revoke the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors’ invitation to the White House after star guard Stephen Curry offended him by saying he wasn’t sure he’d want to go. This led to other NBA stars–such as LeBron James and Kobe Bryant–bashing the president on Twitter for his conduct. With the Curry incident bringing the issue to a national spotlight,...

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UNC Reveals Official Men’s Basketball Roster for 2017-18 Season

Head coach Roy Williams released this season’s UNC men’s basketball roster on Monday, with eight lettermen returning from last year’s team that won the NCAA Championship. Senior point guard Joel Berry–the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four–headlines a Tar Heel squad which will also feature another important senior with do-it-all wing Theo Pinson. After offseason knee surgery, junior guard Kenny Williams will look to reclaim a spot in the starting lineup–while sophomores Seventh Woods, Brandon Robinson and Shea Rush hope to show flashes of improvement in the backcourt in their second season at the college level. Two players...

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Pitt Graduate Transfer Cam Johnson Verbally Commits to UNC

The ongoing saga surrounding Pitt graduate transfer Cam Johnson–a 6-foot-7 guard who averaged nearly 12 points per game last season–has nearly reached its conclusion. Johnson announced Tuesday he will finish out his collegiate playing career at UNC under head coach Roy Williams. Since the Tar Heels took home the national championship two months ago, rumors have suggested Johnson could head to UNC as a potential replacement for ACC Player of the Year Justin Jackson–who declared for the NBA Draft. The story gained traction nationally because Pittsburgh and head coach Kevin Stallings have prevented Johnson from making a move to another...

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Joel Berry, Theo Pinson Join Tony Bradley in Testing NBA Draft Process

UNC officially confirmed Monday morning that juniors Joel Berry and Theo Pinson–as well as freshman Tony Bradley–will each put their names into the NBA Draft process following Sunday’s deadline for underclassmen to declare. None of the three players have hired an agent, however, leaving the door open for any of them to return after receiving evaluations. “We fully support our players taking this step of being evaluated by NBA teams to see where they stand in relation to the Draft,” head coach Roy Williams said. “All three players have options to do what is best for their careers and...

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UNC Fans Welcome 2017 National Champions Home

A packed house at the Smith Center welcomed the UNC men’s basketball team as they returned to Chapel Hill. With the 2017 NCAA championship in the books, UNC fans filled the Smith Center one last time Tuesday night to celebrate the return of their conquering heroes. The Tar Heels won Monday night, defeating Gonzaga 71 to 65 and bringing the school its first title since 2009. The team came up short of the championship last year, falling to Villanova on a buzzer-beating three pointer by Kris Jenkins. Senior point guard Nate Britt addressed the packed house. “Last year, when...

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This Group of Tar Heels Carves Out Their Spot Among School’s All-Time Greats

As the clock hit triple zeroes Monday night in Phoenix—a moment that officially completed UNC’s quest for national championship redemption—this group of Tar Heels officially sealed their place in the program’s history books. Head coach Roy Williams surpassed the late, great Dean Smith with his third national championship in Chapel Hill—but he was the first to admit it’s the players who win the games, shying away from any comparisons to his mentor when interviewed afterward. “I think of Coach Smith, there’s no question,” an emotional Williams said. “I don’t think I should be mentioned in the same sentence with...

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