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Justin Jackson embodies bright future for UNC Tar Heels basketball

North Carolina basketball is looking up next year and Justin Jackson is a big reason why.  The 8th overall ranked recruit (#2 small forward) was named Co-Most Valuable Player at the 2014 McDonald’s All American Game Wednesday. He shared the award with Duke recruit and #1 rated prospect Jahlil Okafor. Jackson and Okafor put on a show in the latter’s hometown before they begin...
Via The Sports Bank
April 05, 2014  |  Discuss

North Carolina Basketball: McAdoo enters the Draft

In a somewhat surprising move James McAdoo heads to the NBA In what is probably a very big surprise to anyone that roots for UNC, junior power forward James McAdoo has decided to give up his last year of eligibility and head to the NBA draft. For those of you that follow North Carolina basketball you know that the young man out of Norfolk, Va. was a sure lottery pick following his...
Via isportsweb.com
April 04, 2014  |  Discuss

UNC Basketball: ACC Tournament Preview

UNC Basketball: ACC Tournament Preview The ACC Tournament is set to start on Wednesday afternoon at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro. There are a few teams in the ACC this year that are being considered as locks to be in the field of teams in the NCAA Tournament. There are also a few teams who are not considered a lock to make the tournament and currently are on the bubble....
Via isportsweb.com
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

UNC basketball: Cause for concern?

UNC basketball: Cause for concern?With only one game remaining in the regular season and a current 12-game win streak, the North Carolina Tar Heels are arguably the hottest team in the country. After an 11-7 start and dropping out of the top-25 for a number of weeks, the Heels have climbed all the way back to 14th in the AP poll as they prepare for the biggest game in the college...
Via isportsweb.com
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

North Carolina Basketball: One last time for McDonald

North Carolina Basketball: One last time for McDonaldFor the last time Leslie McDonald will don the carolina blue at the Dean Dome Maybe most won’t say this to fifth year senior Leslie McDonald on a blog, but let me be the exception to that… “Thank You!” A guard from Memphis, Tennessee that came to Chapel Hill with a lot bigger expectations than what he truly had. First injuries...
Via isportsweb.com
March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Foul On Leslie McDonald With Under Two Seconds Left Sends UNC-NC State To Overtime

UNC’s winning streak is in major jeopardy after a really bad foul sent things to overtime in Raleigh. Up two with 1.6 seconds left, UNC’s Leslie McDonald was whistled for a foul wall an inbounds heave by NC State was still in the air. The foul sent Wolfpack star TJ Warren to the line for the game tying free throws.  The Wolfpack lead the Tar Heels in overtime. This would be...
Via College Spun
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

North Carolina Basketball: Back to the Pack

North Carolina Basketball: Back to the PackIt’s a rematch, it’s a rivalry game and most of all, it’s a must win for both! And then there were four… games left in the regular season that is. Tonight at the PNC Arena will be the first of the stretch run. With tip off at 8:00 p.m. EST, #19/21 North Carolina (20 & 7 ~ 10 & 4) will go against in-state foe N.C. State (17...
Via isportsweb.com
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

UNC's McDonald, Meeks hobbling on N.C. State eve

Although a stretch of four games in eight days didn’t seem to affect North Carolina at the time, its impact may yet be felt. Last week the Tar Heels defeated No. 5 Duke and No. 25 Pittsburgh at home, won at Florida State and capped the grueling stretch with a 33-point beatdown over Wake Forest on Saturday. But starters Leslie McDonald and Kennedy Meeks both suffered foot injuries...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

UNC's Meeks, McDonald Limited in Practice Due to Injury

A little injury news from Roy Williams' pre-NC State game press conference. Freshman forward Kennedy Meeks missed practice on Monday and could miss it again on Tuesday as a result of a sprained ankle he suffered against Wake Forest. Meeks scored and was fouled with 9:28 left in the first half of the Tar Heels 105-72 win over the Demon Deacons. During the play, a Wake Forest defender...
Via SCACC Hoops
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

North Carolina's Leslie McDonald earns Athlon Player of the Week honors

When North Carolina’s season started, P.J. Hariston and Leslie McDonald were in NCAA suspension limbo.McDonald, though, was the clear No. 2...
Via Athlon Sports
February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

North Carolina 105, Wake Forest 72

Leslie McDonald led six players in double figures with 19 points and made 5-of-6 from 3-point range as the Tar Heels rolled over the visiting Demon Deacons for their ninth consecutive victory. Kennedy Meeks contributed 15 points and Brice Johnson chipped in with 14 for North Carolina (20-7, 10-4 ACC), which shot 57.4 percent from the field and made 11-of-15 from behind the 3-point...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

North Carolina rolls past Wake Forest 105-72

Leslie McDonald scored 19 points to help North Carolina beat Wake Forest 105-72 on Saturday. Freshman Kennedy Meeks added 15 points for the Tar Heels (20-7, 10-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their ninth straight and had little trouble despite a short turnaround from Thursday night's rousing win against No. 5 Duke. North Carolina shot 53 percent to build a 19-point halftime...
Via AP on Fox
February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

UNC 105, WFU 72

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Leslie McDonald scored 19 points to help North Carolina beat Wake Forest 105-72 on Saturday.
Via northcarolina.scout.com
February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

North Carolina Basketball: Down goes Duke

Carolina wins 8th in a row by taking down arch-rival Duke With the program from Chapel Hill having won seven in a row, the one from Durham victorious of nine of its last ten, something had to give last night at the Dean Dome as the arch-rivals of Tobacco Road took to the hardwoods. You could say this game was a tale of two halves, with the Blue Devils being in command in the first...
Via isportsweb.com
February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Leslie McDonald helps UNC knock off No. 5 Duke 74-66

There are any number of ways to explain North Carolina’s 74-66 victory over fifth-ranked Duke, one that had a sea of light blue filling the Smith Center court late Thursday night. Tar Heels senior Leslie McDonald, in the most challenging of seasons, rediscovered his jump shot. Point guard Marcus Paige, scoreless in the first half, had a strong second half. The Tar Heels pounded...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Senior Rising

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – There was no hesitation involved when Leslie McDonald received a pass on the left wing mere seconds into Thursday’s rivalry clash between North Carolina and No. 5 Duke. The fifth-year senior had already decided that he was going to fire away if the opportunity presented itself.
Via northcarolina.scout.com
February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Roy Williams not slowing down despite tough times in Chapel Hill

It's just not in Roy Williams' nature to slow down. Not when it comes to the basketball court, where his Tar Heels have ranked among the top-25 teams nationally in tempo since he arrived in Chapel Hill. And not when it comes to coaching, as Williams continues to coach at a high level despite entering his mid 60s. Through two months of this season, though, one couldn'...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: North Carolina Players Show Fan An Amazing Day

For anyone who still believes that sports cannot have a profound impact on people’s lives…I rest my case. Marcus Paige and Leslie McDonald of the North Carolina Tar Heels basketball team recently met a huge UNC fan for lunch. Anthony, a twelve-year-old boy who is battling Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy, was in genuine shock when the duo approached the table. Check it out...
Via College Spun
February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Duke-UNC: Less hype, same intensity

DURHAM, N.C. -- Nowadays, we're always obsessed with what's new. What's the new best thing ever? What can supplant the thing we previously thought was the best thing ever? Unless we really like what the best thing ever used to be, of course.  And in college basketball, the best thing ever used to be -- and, one might argue, still is -- the Duke-Carolina rivalry.  Fans...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

College Basketball Recruiting: Rashad Vaughn

College basketball coaches love upside, especially an athletic scorer with upside.  It means the prospect that they get to coach has the ability and potential to become all he can be as a player. Rashad Vaughn, the number 18 player in the 2014 ESPN 100, has a ton of upside with his physical ability and skill.  The 6-foot-6 Vaughn is from Golden Valley, Minn., but plays his high...
Via isportsweb.com
February 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Would moving Paige solve Heels problems?

Since Leslie McDonald’s reinstatement, Marcus Paige has spent more time at his natural position of point guard. In this case, that’s not exactly what the Tar Heels need. North Carolina was most effective with Paige playing off the ball and scoring more. It’s no coincidence that all of its major victories came with Paige forced to be more of a scorer and less of a distributor...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

UNC Midseason Player Evaluations: Guards

With sixteen games in the books and fifteen to go in the regular season let's take a look at how the individual players have fared so far starting with the guards. Marcus Paige Stats Gms MPG PPG FG% 3P% FT% APG RPG SPG Ortg ...
Via SCACC Hoops
January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

UNC's offense is really struggling

This won't come as a galloping shock to anyone who has been watching or can read a box score. After a nice start which saw UNC climb as high as 16th in offensive efficiency in the KenPom rankings prior to the Tar Heels' win over Kentucky, the defense has slowly deteriorated. Here is what UNC's offensive efficiency average has looked like over the past month. Note: These...
Via SCACC Hoops
January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Michael Jordan recruiting letters, diploma found in storage locker

Via GoldinAuctions.com According to Darren Rovell of ESPN.com, a man in North Carolina bought a storage locker filled with unique documents related to Michael Jordan’s college career. New Jersey-based auction house Goldin Auctions acquired two 1980 North Carolina Tar Heels recruiting letters — one from assistant Bill Guthridge, and another from coach Dean Smith — from a consigner...
Via Sports-Glory
January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

North Carolina Basketball: Braces for the Hurricanes

North Carolina host Miami (Fl) for the first home conference game and, hopefully, their first ACC win The graphic is done by … Samuel Wilking … more of his work can be seen at …  Tar Heel Nation With the ACC schedule under way UNC is still looking for its first conference win as well as consistence on both side of the ball. Tonight, at the Dean Dome, tip off time 9:00 p...
Via isportsweb.com
January 08, 2014  |  Discuss
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