UNC vs Duke Preview – Former UNC players have their say on Saturday’s game and Coach Davis’ first season.

The eyes of every basketball fan on the planet are going to be on New Orleans on Saturday night, when the biggest rivalry in sports, UNC vs Duke goes head-to-head in the Final Four. For fans of both teams, there is nothing like it… but the fans can’t even imagine, what it’s like to play in it.

Tar Heel International spoke with Brice Johnson, Joel Berry II, Marcus Ginyard, Deon Thompson, Jawad Williams, Baden Jaxen, Justin Watts, Garrison Brooks, Kenny Williams and Andrew Platek, all former UNC players who have had their battles with Dook over the years and they all shared their thoughts ahead of Saturday, how Coach Hubert Davis has been and where they’re watching the Final Four.

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Brice Johnson (2012-2016) will be watching from Japan on Saturday as he plays professionally for Toyama Grouses and is even playing a game the same day.

“I expect the boys to continue to kill like they’ve been doing. They’ve been playing tough and not backing down to anyone and I don’t expect that to change now.”

Brice Johnson on his expectations of the Tar Heels against Duke.

“As for Coach Davis’s first season, I couldn’t be happier for him. Im not going to say I expected this level of success but I’m not surprised! If you know Coach Davis, you know he truly bleeds Carolina blue and he will do anything to take care of the name on the front of that jersey before the name on the back! He’s continuing the excellence of the program and that’s all anyone can ask for. He might not be doing it the Coach Smith or Coach Williams way but he’s doing a great job of doing his way and I’m so proud of what he’s accomplished and this is only the beginning for him! I know things are going to get better and better!!”

Brice Johnson on Coach Hubert Davis’ first season

“Hell yeah this is the biggest game in UNC history! The biggest rivalry in sports being played to go to the National Championship game! Only thing that would make this a bigger game would be this being the Championship game itself!”

Brice Johnson commented on how big UNC vs Duke in Final Four is.

Joel Berry II (2014-2018) has been to the Final Four, twice! This time he will be at the Final Four as a Sports Analyst with ACC Network and watching the game LIVE.

“I expect it to be one hard-fought game with UNC, obviously, coming out on top, heading to another National Championship. I believe the team can stay poised, keep the nerves and the excitement in check and will win this game. I believe Carolina will utilize the inside and out attack and continue the dominance performance they’ve been displaying on the offensive end. They’ll need to keep Duke out of the paint, force to knock down perimeter shots, and limit them to one possesion down the court.”

Joel Berry’s expectation on the UNC/Duke game

“It’s been an up and down season for Coach Davis, but the way he has handled the adversity and the criticism is what caught my attention. He instilled confidence in his team even in the worst times of the season. The passion, the grit to be better every day has propelled them to this type of play. And where they are right now speaks to how well he has done this year. Just phenomenal.”

Joel Berry’s opinion on Coach Hubert Davis’ first season.

“First time meeting in the tournament, they do it in the Final Four, in Coach K’s last season, with a first-year Head Coach, spoiling the party not too long ago, and it being a Rivalry. Will this go down as one of the best games in history? Yessir, I believe so!”

Joel Berry on the magnitude of UNC/Duke in the Final Four.

Marcus Ginyard (2005-2010) has recently retired from professional basketball and has been enjoying being a fan of the Tar Heels many times this season, he will be in New Orleans living every Tar Heels fan’s dream.

“My expectations are probably in line with the rest of the world in the hopes that this will be a heavyweight title match for the ages.”

Marcus Ginyard on his expectations ahead of Saturday.

“HD has had a PHENOMENAL first season. If you can’t see that I’m not sure what you’ve been watching. Resilient. Tough. Poised. Confident. Classy. Perfect embodiment of Carolina Basketball.”

Marcus Ginyard on Coach Hubert Davis’ first season.

Jawad Williams (2001-2005) is another Tar Heel watching from Japan on Saturday morning.

“A close game UNC winning by 5 more.”

Jawad Williams has UNC over Duke on a close one.

“Amazing! Couldn’t have asked for better results from a first time head coach.”

Jawad Williams on Coach Davis’ first season.

“It’s the most hyped game in UNC history. The biggest game in UNC history is any of the National Championship games.”

Jawad Williams, NCAA Champion, has his mind on Monday.

Baden Jaxen (2009-2013) is going to be with friends in Los Angeles and will be locked in on this game.

“Overall I expect us to win. I expect Duke to have a chip on their shoulders from the embarrassing lost they took at Coach K’s last home game as well. And that’s besides the fact that this is the best rivalry in sports.”

Baden Jaxen’s expectations for Saturday.

“I admire Coach’s ability to overcome adversity. With this being his first year as a head coach for a big time organization, the way he has been able deal with criticism early in the year, using that as fuel to have a successful season thus far is inspiring.”

Baden Jaxen on Coach Hubert Davis.

“This game for sure will be one of the greatest match ups in not only college basketball but in sports in general.”

Baden Jaxen on the rivalry.

Deon Thompson (2006-2010) will be joined by a familiar face in Spain this weekend.

“I’ll be in Zaragoza Spain, at home watching the game. Tip off will be 2:49am here. I’ll also have fellow Tar Heel and National Champion with me, Marvin Williams.”

Deon Thompson will be watching from Spain with Marvin Williams.

“I expect for it to be a hard fought game! Both teams playing the their full potential, with all of the offensive talent on display. I see Carolina getting the victory on a last second shot.”

Deon Thompson sees Saturday going to the last second.

“Impressive, he has gotten the most out of the guys that are playing big minutes. One thing you want to see with team is improvement and this Carolina team has definately improved from the start of the season until now. I believe he has the guys playing and living in the moment and that’s huge at this part of the season. And now Coach Davis has joined a short list of coaches to get to the final four in their first season.”

Deon Thompson on Coach Hubert Davis

“That’s a tough one, I will say it is the most hype game, most anticipated, most talked about. Because after we win, we will still have to play one more for the national championship. I think Monday night’s game will be. Beating Duke on the way to winning a national championship! Nothing is better than that.”

Deon Thompson on is this the biggest UNC game in history.

Justin Watts (2008-2012) is going to be watching this Saturday up close and personal in New Orleans.

“I expect it to be the rivalry x4. The teams are going to fight! Even possible for an overtime.”

Justin Watts sees Saturday going to the wire.

“I think Hubert has done a beyond great job! Season speaks for itself.”

Justin Watts on Coach Hubert Davis

Garrison Brooks (2017-2021) is going to be in Chapel Hill in the Dean Smith Center watching the Tar Heels take on Duke.

“My expectations is the game will live up to the hype and of course we take home the dub.”

Garrison Brooks is confident ahead of Saturday.

“It’s been awesome with the expectations and obstacles of the season. He’s handled everything phenomenal. I think this is a glimpse of what is to come in the HD era.”

Garrison Brooks on Coach Hubert Davis’ first season.

Kenny Williams (2015-2019) has a late night ahead this Saturday.

“I’ll be in Athens when the game comes on and we’re 7 hours ahead so I think it’ll be around 4 am.”

Kenny Williams will be tuning in from Greece.

“I expect it to be nothing short of a fight. As HD loves to say, it’ll be “live-action” from the jump. It’s UNC-Duke but you throw in the fact that it’s the final four and how things have been going all season between the two teams on and off the court, it makes for an all-out battle on Saturday.”

Kenny is ready for a battle on Saturday.

“I think Coach Davis’ first season has been amazing, of course, the final four run makes it so much better but you can see his and the team’s growth over the course of the season and to see them peaking at just the right time is exactly what you want throughout a season. I’m super happy for all of them pushing through so much talk early in the season to make this run deserves all the credit in the world.”

Kenny Williams on Coach Hubert Davis and the team.

“It’s hard to say the biggest game because there’s so many big games and history with this program. But let’s be honest, it’s a huge game whether people want to downplay it or not, it’s HUGE. It’s just so hard to say that one game is the biggest in UNC history.”

Kenny Williams on is this is UNC’s biggest ever game.

Andrew Platek (2017-2021) is in Boston coaching AAU and will be watching Saturday with his team.

“I’m expecting it to be either very close or a blowout either way. Don’t think game is won by like 13-15.”

Andrew Platek’s prediction for Saturday.

“Coach Davis has shut up every critic he has had. It really doesn’t matter how you do in the regular season as long as you can make a deep run, as we all are seeing now. He’s winning when it matters, which is what matters.”

Andrew Platek on Coach Hubert Davis.

“As far as the entirety of the program? I don’t think so. But the bragging rights will go on for years because of this game. But, a basketball game won’t get bigger than this for a long, long time.”

Andrew Platek on if this is UNC’s biggest ever game.

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Tar Heels Overseas – Where Are They?

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Sterling Manley has now signed his first professional contract, Justin Pierce is on the move again, James McAdoo and Brice Johnson are putting up great numbers in Japan and Marcus Ginyard steps down from professional basketball.

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James McAdoo – Hitachi Sun Rockers (Japan)

James Michael McAdoo, 2x NBA Champion, has been making a name for himself in Japan. McAdoo is playing in his second season for the Hitachi Sun Rockers and has been leading his team into the playoff spots.

McAdoo is in the Top 5 Scorers in the B-League and leads the league in steals per game. JMM recently put up 30 and 11 last week in a win against Nigata and had a season-high of 34 points before Christmas.

James recently joined The Tar Heel Show to talk more about his time playing professionally in Asia. You can listen to the show below:

MOST NOTABLE RECENT GAMES:
83-74 (WIN) vs Nigata Albirex

30 points, 11 rebounds and 3 steals in 32 minutes

91-82 (WIN) vs Chiba Jets
20 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocks in 37 minutes

85-89 (LOSS) vs Ryukyu
34 points and 10 rebounds in 37 minutes.

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGSPG
BESIKTAS (TURKEY)2019/2020.78.556.641.15
PARTIZAN BELGRADE (SERBIA)2019/2011.68.03.00.56
HITACHI SUN ROCKERS (JAPAN)2020/2121.010.926.241.38
HITACHI SUN ROCKERS (JAPAN)2021/2231.221.19.02.24
Statistics are up to date as of January 8th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Marcus Paige – Orleans Loiret (France)

Marcus Paige is playing in France this year for Orleans Loiret after three seasons in Serbia. Paige has been averaging 9.77 PPG and 3.31 APG this season.

Orleans has been improving over the past month in the Jeep Elite League this season, they are currently sitting at 12th out of 18 in the top-tier of French basketball.

Paige leads his team in steals per game and second in assists and will be hoping to help push his team into the playoff spots with plenty of games left to play.

MOST NOTABLE RECENT GAMES:
75-84 (LOSS) vs JL Bourge-en-Bresse
16 points and 2 assists in 34 minutes

75-73 (WIN) vs Chalons-Reims
21 points and 4 assists in 32 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGAPGSPG
PARTIZAN BELGRADE (SERBIA)2018/1924.210.53.721.1
PARTIZAN BELGRADE (SERBIA)2019/2022.39.931.880.79
PARTIZAN BELGRADE (SERBIA)2020/2126.29.22.40.9
ORLEANS LOIRET (FRANCE)2021/2233.69.773.311.08
Statistics are up to date as of January 8th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Brice Johnson – Toyama Grouses (Japan)

Brice Johnson, the former NBA player is one of four Tar Heels playing in Japan this season. Johnson plays for Toyama Grouses.

Brice Johnson has been putting up some big numbers in the B-League over the past month with two 20+ point performances.

Toyama Grouses have a 10-17 record and will be hoping to go on a winning streak this month.

MOST NOTABLE RECENT GAMES:
99-91 (WIN) vs Akita Northern Happinetts
22 points and 14 rebounds in 32 minutes
90-74 (WIN) vs Hiroshima Dragonflies
21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists in 30 minutes
107-102 (WIN) vs Shiga Lakestars
25 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in 38 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGBPG
ORLANDINA (ITALY)2019/2032.417.3511.180.82
CHORALE ROANNE (FRANCE)2019/2025.413.295.430.43
BUDIVELYNK (UKRAINE)2020/2124.313.08.371.16
TOYAMA GROUSES (JAPAN)2021/2221.912.38.30.4
Statistics are up to date as of January 8th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Kennedy Meeks – Cholet Basket (France)

Kennedy Meeks has joined his former teammate Marcus Paige in France this year, after signing for Cholet Basket.

When Kennedy has been given the minutes, he has performed! Meeks had a 20 and 11 game over 30 minutes before Christmas, although his team have struggled this season with a 4-10 record.

Kennedy recently tested positive for Covid-19 and will be following protocols before returning to action.

MOST NOTABLE RECENT GAMES:
74-90 (LOSS) vs BCM Gravlines
20 points and 11 rebounds in 30 minutes

79-83 (LOSS) vs Fos Sur Mer
8 points, 2 steals and 2 blocks in 21 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGBPG
LEVANGA HOKKAIDO (JAPAN)2019/2034.120.9710.871.23
SEOUL SAMSUNG THUNDERS (SOUTH KOREA)2020/2115.16.816.000.31
CHANGWON LG SAKERS (SOUTH KOREA)2020/2110.77.254.250.5
CHOLET BASKET (FRANCE)2021/2215.47.03.770.31
Statistics are up to date as of January 8th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Isaiah Hicks – Seoul Samsung Thunders (South Korea)

Isaiah Hicks started the 2021/22 season like he did the season before… on fire! Hicks leads his team with 17.7 PPG and is in the Top 5 Scorers of the Korean Basketball League (KBL).

Hicks sadly went down with an injury at the end of November and hasn’t suited up since.

Seoul Samsung Thunders have gone 2-13 since Hick’s injury.

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGBPG
AVTODAR SARATOV (RUSSIA)2019/2028.312.866.712.0
SEOUL SAMSUNG THUNDERS (SOUTH KOREA)2020/2124.817.287.351.46
SEOUL SAMSUNG THUNDERS (SOUTH KOREA)2021/2224.717.77.071.13
Statistics are up to date as of January 8th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Luke Maye – BAXI Manresa (Spain)

Luke Maye has been playing in the Liga ACB in Spain, one of the greatest leagues outside the NBA and has been helping BAXI Manresa push into the playoff spots.

Maye predominately has been coming off the bench for his Spanish side in the Liga ACB and has been starting some of the games in the Basketball Champions League.

Luke is averaging 9.8 PPG and 5.2 RPG in the Basketball Champions League, while his team are 5-1 in the European Cup Competition.

MOST NOTABLE RECENT GAMES:
85-90 (LOSS) vs Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem
11 points and 6 rebounds in 21 minutes

87-92 (LOSS) vs Real Madrid
8 points, 3 rebounds and 1 block in 17 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGAPG
TRENTO (ITALY)2020/2125.211.615.981.24
BAXI MANRESA (SPAIN)2021/2215.86.673.110.72
Statistics are up to date as of January 8th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Nate Britt – Yoast United (Netherlands)

Nate Britt has been putting up some impressive numbers in the new BNXT League, the top-tier of Dutch and Belgian basketball. Britt has been in the double figures of scoring for the past seven games and leads his team in assists and minutes per game.

Britt has played in the United Kingdom, Argentina, Cyprus, Germany and now the Netherlands. Over the past few years, Britt has been playing some of his best basketball and you can expect to see more good performances from Britt.

Yoast United are currently 6-8 in the BNXT League.

MOST NOTABLE RECENT GAMES:
87-83 (WIN) vs Hague Royals
12 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals in 36 minutes

85-84 (WIN) vs Donar Groningen
17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals in 37 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGAPGRPG
GLASGOW ROCKS
(UNITED KINGDOM)
2017/1828.511.723.563.68
OMONIA NICOSIA (CYPRUS)2019/2033.714.523.624.14
WIHA PANTHERS (GERMANY)2020/2130.013.585.393.65
YOAST UNITED (NETHERLANDS)2021/2231.913.54.933.57
Statistics are up to date as of January 8th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Deon Thompson – Casademont Zaragoza (Spain)

Deon Thompson is a record-breaking Tar Heel. The all-time appearance leader for UNC Basketball has had quite a professional career, leading Tar Heels in EuroLeague appearances.

Deon Thompson is back in Spain this season and playing for Casademont Zaragoza. His new team are currently 6-9 in the Liga ACB and 2-4 in the EuroCup.

Deon has some tough games over the next month, including Real Madrid, UCAM Murcia and fellow Tar Heel Luke Maye’s BAXI Manresa.

MOST NOTABLE RECENT GAMES:
97-79 (WIN) vs Baskonia
13 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in 25 minutes

92-83 (WIN) vs Andorra
9 points and 8 rebounds in 18 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGSPG
UNICAJA MALAGA (SPAIN)2019/2020.89.113.230.89
UNICAJA MALAGA (SPAIN)2020/2119.98.573.740.68
LEONES DE PONCE (PUERTO RICO)2020/2125.815.156.270.58
CASADEMONT ZARAGOZA (SPAIN)2021/2219.77.04.40.9
Statistics are up to date as of January 8th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

JP Tokoto – Hapoel Tel Aviv (Israel)

JP Tokoto has made a name for himself in overseas basketball and that comes down to a lot of his success in Israel.

Tokoto is a starter for Hapoel Tel Aviv and has been leading his team in rebounds per game and in the Top 10 in the league.

Hapoel Tel Aviv has turned around their poor start to the season with a record of 7-6 and are 6th in the Israeli Basketball Super League.

MOST NOTABLE RECENT GAMES:
83-82 (WIN) vs Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 35 minutes

97-64 (WIN) vs Hapoel Eilat
12 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 32 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGAPGRPG
HAPOEL EILAT (ISRAEL)2018/1928.113.423.187.61
IRONI NES ZIONA (ISRAEL)2019/2031.414.214.146.29
HAPOEL TEL AVIV (ISRAEL)2020/2128.113.644.575.29
HAPOEL TEL AVIV (ISRAEL)2021/2230.511.382.627.1
Statistics are up to date as of January 8th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Sterling Manley – Sichuan Blue Whales (China)

Sterling Manley recently signed his first professional contract and is playing for the Sichuan Blue Whales in China. The China Basketball Association is a highly thought of league with multiple former NBA players taking to the court there.

Sterling Manley’s time at Carolina was haunted with injuries, but it is known the potential he has and I expect to see him show his dominance in the CBA.

Manley played his first two games in Asia last week and is averaging 11 PPG and 3 BPG.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
103-110 (WIN) vs Guangzhou Long Lions
11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in 16 minutes

78-93 (LOSS) vs Beikong
11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks in 23 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGBPG
SICHUAN BLUE WHALES (CHINA)2021/2218.011.06.03.0
Statistics are up to date as of January 8th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Jawad Williams – Yamagata Wyverns (Japan)

Jawad Williams at 38 years old is not slowing down and putting up good numbers. Williams is now playing in the second-tier of Japanese basketball for Yamagata and has a 15-13 record.

Jawad is averaging 11.6 PPG and 4.4 RPG in the 2021/22 season and has scored in double-figures for the past five games.

MOST NOTABLE RECENT GAMES:
92-84 (WIN) vs Saga Ballooners
15 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 35 minutes.

80-56 (WIN) vs Aomori Watts
14 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds in 22 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGAPG
TOYOTA ALVARK (JAPAN)2018/1923.610.424.311.27
LINK TOCHIGI BREX (JAPAN)2019/2014.17.162.890.58
LEVANGA HOKKAIDO (JAPAN)2020/2125.510.474.31.51
YAMAGATA WYVERNS (JAPAN)2021/2224.211.64.42.1
Statistics are up to date as of January 8th (source: basketball.realgm.com and proballers.com)

Joel James – Ted Ankara Kolejliler (Turkey)

Joel James had his best season as a professional basketball player last season in Turkey for Duzce Belediye, leading his team in rebounds and blocks. Joel decided to stay in Turkey in the 2021/22 season and sign for Ted Ankara Kolejliler.

Joel James is averaging a Double-Double again this year with 10.6 PPG and 10.7 RPG. His team currently have a record of 6-9 and will be hoping to improve on this with lots of games left in the season. James leads his team in rebounds and blocks per game.

MOST NOTABLE RECENT GAMES:
91-78 (WIN) vs Best Balikesir
20 points and 15 rebounds in 31 minutes

79-91 (LOSS) vs Manisa BB
14 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks in 32 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGDBL/DBL
RAYOS DE HERMOSILLO (MEXICO)2018/1927.312.119.5722
CAPITANES CIUDAD DE MEXICO (MEXICO)2019/2022.210.916.146
DUZCE BELEDIYE (TURKEY)2020/2128.712.7511.9320
TED ANKARA KOLEJLILER (TURKEY)2021/2227.910.610.76
Statistics are up to date as of January 8th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Justin Pierce – BC Nokia (Finland)

Justin Pierce has decided to go back to his stomping ground of last year to Finland and signed for BC Nokia. Pierce played for Kobrat in the 2020/21 season.

In the 2021/22 season, Pierce started the season at VfL Kircheim Knight and then signed for Wiha Panthers, before heading back to Finland last month.

Pierce has played two games in the Korisliiga, the top-tier of Finnish basketball and is averaging 16 PPG.

MOST NOTABLE RECENT GAMES:
103-99 (WIN) vs Lahti
18 points and 5 assists in 24 minutes

73-75 (LOSS) vs Kataja Basket
14 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 25 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGAPG
KOBRAT (FINLAND)2020/2128.016.565.193.5
VFL KIRCHEIM KNIGHTS (GERMANY)2021/2227.08.677.331.67
WIHA PANTHERS (GERMANY)2021/2233.418.24.82.0
BC NOKIA (FINLAND)2021/2224.516.03.54.0
Statistics are up to date as of January 8th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Kenny Williams – Kolossos Rhodes (Greece)

Kenny Williams has been balling out in Greece this season and his new team Kolossos Rhodes are 7-3.

Williams is leading his team in PPG with 14.2 and in the Top 15 Scorers of the league. He also leads the team in minutes per game.

We all remember how Kenny can shoot from behind the arc and now Europe is finding out too. Williams has scored 4 or more three-pointers in a game… 6 times this season!

MOST NOTABLE RECENT GAMES:
74-65 (WIN) vs Peristeri
23 points with 5 three-pointers in 24 minutes

76-59 (WIN) vs Iraklis
14 pointers with 4 three-pointers in 29 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGAPGRPG
KOLOSSOS RHODES (GREECE)2021/2230.814.22.23.2
Statistics are up to date as of January 8th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Christian Keeling – BC Rustavi (Georgia)

Christian Keeling went from Georgia to Georgia this summer after signing for BC Rustavi in Eastern Europe.

Keeling is a scorer, you can’t deny that! Keeling is leading BC Rustavi in scoring with 19.3 PPG in the Georgia Superleague. He is the sixth-best scorer in the league. Keeling’s fewest points he has scored in a game this season is 15… Keeling can score.

BC Rustavi has a record of 4-6.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
85-101 (LOSS) vs Vera
22 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists in 40 minutes

82-75 (WIN) vs Dinamo Tbilisi
22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in 36 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGAPGRPG
GLASGOW ROCKS (SCOTLAND)2020/2134.117.22.895.1
BC RUSTAVI (GEORGIA)2021/2233.619.34.75.4
Statistics are up to date as of January 8th (source: basketball.realgm.com and proballers.com)

Justin Knox – Neo-Phoenix (Japan)

Justin Knox is an overseas veteran and now finds himself in Japan for Neo-Phoenix.

Neo-Phoenix is currently 4-22 and have really struggled this year. Knox has had some good individual performances though, with multiple 20+ point games.

Knox will be hoping to turn it around for his team in the top-tier of Japanese basketball.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
88-80 (WIN) vs Sea Horses Mikawa
20 points and 9 rebounds in 34 minutes

85-90 (LOSS) vs Osaka Evessa
20 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists in 40 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGBPG
PALLACANESTRO TRIESTE (ITALY)2018/1917.110.424.290.68
TRENTO (ITALY)2019/2022.110.575.190.59
WONJU DONGBU PROMY (SOUTH KOREA)2020/2121.613.946.780.69
NEO-PHOENIX (JAPAN)2021/2229.112.86.30.4
Statistics are up to date as of January 8th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Ty Lawson – US Monastir (Tunisia)

Ty Lawson has recently signed for US Monastir in Tunisia, the runners up of the 2021 Basketball Africa League. Lawson recently left his team in Greece and could not work out a deal in Puerto Rico. Lawson is set to be the first former NBA player to play in the Basketball Africa League.

US Monastir is currently 13-4 and are 3rd in the Tunisian Basketball League. Sadly, the overall statistics are not available for this league.

Desmond Hubert – Al-Arabi (Kuwait)

Desmond Hubert has been playing this season in Kuwait after signing a contract this summer with Al-Arabi. I spoke with Desmond last week and he is flying back to the United States of America and he will be looking for a new professional team.

Marcus Ginyard – 343 Professional Overseas Games

Marcus Ginyard has retired from professional basketball after playing 343 professional basketball games across Israel, Poland, Ukraine, Greece, Romania, France and Macedonia.

The 2009 National Champion is a very well-respected player in professional basketball and will be missed on the court.

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Sterling Manley signs his first professional contract for Sichuan Blue Whales in China

Sterling Manley announced today on his social media that he will be playing for the Sichuan Blue Whales in the China Basketball Association (CBA).

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Sterling Manley left the University of North Carolina last season and has been putting the work in behind the scenes and it has paid off. Manley has signed his first professional contract in China, one of the top overseas leagues in the world.

Manley signed for the Chicago Bulls Summer League Team, while putting in some good performances in Pro-AMS across America, but he was without a team for quite some time.

It was worth the wait with Manley signing for Sichuan Blue Whales, the former team of fellow Tar Heel, Tyler Hansbrough.

Sterling Manley’s time at UNC was always dampened by injuries. Manley only played for 59 games for the Tar Heels and scored a total of 265 points and recorded 187 rebounds.

Manley at 7 feet and 265 lbs, his size caused issues when he was on the court and will be a force to be reckoned with in the professional game.

Tar Heel International are excited to be covering Sterling Manley’s first experience in overseas basketball.

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Here is the latest episode with Justin Watts as he shares his stories from his time in Chapel Hill, some truths about overseas basketball and what he has thought of the current UNC team:

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What Coach Hubert Davis would like for Christmas?

The 2021/22 North Carolina Tar Heels are heading into their holiday break with a record of 9-3. The losses have come from three ranked opponents at neutral venues, it could be so much worse. Coach Hubert Davis has impressed me over the past 8 and a half months since he became Head Coach of UNC, and here I believe is his Christmas List to Santa for when the Tar Heels return after Christmas.

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LOOK AFTER THE BASKETBALL.

It’s been the same goal over the past two seasons, reduce the number of turnovers.

UNC have lots of players who are bringing the ball up the court and multiple players trying to feed the bigs in the post. It is a weakness of North Carolina and they need to take more care of the basketball.

UNC Basketball is averaging 12.9 turnovers per game, and when they play in the ACC and have tougher opponents, the Tar Heels will be punished for it.

Coach Davis will be hoping for when they come back after Christmas Break that the Tar Heels will be taking a step in the direction of overcoming this weakness.

THE TAR HEEL NATION COMING TOGETHER.

Coach Hubert Davis is not on Twitter, he never will be. However, his players are. The UNC players are young men aged from 18 to 23 years old, all of them are on social media and all of them can see their mentions.

People need to remember that these are young kids who are trying to balance studying for their education, their own real-life problems, as well as playing for one of the most famous basketball teams in the world with one of the largest fan bases. After the Kentucky loss, there were a lot of bad takes from “so-called fans” and that is not the Carolina Way.

The 2003/2004 season was Coach Roy Williams’ first season as Head Coach of UNC, he started off 10-3 and finished season 19-11, he then went on to win the whole daggum lot the next year. Coach Williams went on to be the greatest college basketball coach over that time frame.

Tar Heel Nation, have the teams back.

ENERGY. EFFORT. TOUGHNESS.

I lost count after the Appalachian State game at the press conference the number of times that Coach Davis was emphasising those three words. There have been games this season that has seen UNC Basketball not give 100% on the court and Coach HD called them out on it.

Coach has been shouting this for the people to hear at the back for a long time now, “you should not have to coach effort.” In pre-season, HD was saying that he didn’t have to do that once, but as the season went on Coach Hubert Davis has been bringing this up in his time with the press.

See Joel Berry II and Tyler Hansbrough for example.

Joel Berry II played with the heart of a champion since he got to Chapel Hill and was rewarded with that in his Junior Year in 2017. Tyler Hansbrough, I don’t really need to explain this one, do I?

We need to see more of that toughness on the court. There’s no denying at some point this season, every player could have shown more toughness on the court and the losses I hope will be the kick that these players needed.

WHAT DO YOU THINK WE NEED TO SEE MORE OF FROM THE CURRENT TAR HEELS?

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The Tar Heels Quarterly Report

The new-look UNC Basketball led by first-year Head Coach, Hubert Davis have had some games with fans on the edge of their seats and some games with fans with their heads in their hands… it sure has been fun though!

Eight games into the 2021/22 season, you may have thought there would have been more to report on, but with Coach Davis’ small rotation as of late, that’s not been the case. We have seen 7 or 8 guys plenty, but the deep squad we have has meant some players have been hard to grade.

A quarter the way through the season, here are my grades for the current UNC Basketball Team after eight games:

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Caleb Love – B+

Caleb has shown on numerous occasions this season that he can carry this team if he has to. Love was voted a Team Captain in his Sophomore Year, the first time this has happened since the 2013/14 season with Marcus Paige.

Caleb is one of the most exciting players we’ve had in recent years when it comes to a fast break, it gives me Russell Westbrook vibes when no one is in his way… heck, even when someone is and he will still make a poster. I’m expecting more posters made by Love this year.

Love shined in the Michigan game with 22 points and we all know he can score. There were concerns last season with his ball-handling and the number of turnovers, Love has quietened down that worry with no more than 2 turnovers per game over the past 4 games. UNC play so fast, turnovers will happen… one or two.

Caleb did have a quiet game this season against Asheville, but UNC’s starting guard is averaging 16.2 PPG through eight games and racking up some assists too.

I’m excited for Caleb this season and really do think he will push himself into an All-ACC 2nd Team, maybe even 1st Team… I’ve set you my challenge Caleb!

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CALEB LOVE33.816.24.24.0

Leaky Black – B

My guy… I said from the get-go that this is Leaky’s year and I took a lot of heat on social media for it. A Leaky Black type of player is the missing piece to the puzzle. Watch him talk to his teammates, push teammates into certain defensive positions and everything that doesn’t show up in the box score.

Where does it show that Black shut down one of the leading scorers in the country last game? It doesn’t. In my latest episode on The Tar Heel Show with James McAdoo, we spoke about Leaky and he said “the criticism he receives isn’t from anyone who knows basketball”. Leaky Black might not officially be a captain on this team, but he is showing lots of leadership qualities and showing everyone why he deserves to be in the starting lineup and averaging over 25 MPG.

Leaky is still not an offensive threat, which I understand frustrates people, therefore you can see players not passing it to him when he’s open for three. Although, I have been impressed with Leaky when he drives inside and I do believe that through the season and confidence, shots will fall.

I expect to see Black in the starting lineup for the foreseeable future as he is bringing strengths to the team, that not many others are right now.

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LEAKY BLACK25.14.94.60.6

Armando Bacot – A-

THE leader on the team this season, the keys were given to Mando at the start of the season and he has not disappointed. Tar Heel fans have been excited by the new-look threats from outside the arc, but Bacot has been dominating inside!

Armando now has five double-doubles through the first eight games, which is the most since Brice Johnson. Defensively Bacot has averaged 1.8 blocks per game too, he really is doing it on both ends.

Like Caleb, Bacot had one very quiet game and that was against Purdue. From what I saw that game though, Purdue could go all the way.

Bacot is averaging 0.64 FG% and in Coach Davis’ new style, Mando has all the room to destroy people on the low block and he’s even shooting with some confidence from a little further out. I believe you will see Armando on the All-ACC 1st Team this year.

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ARMANDO BACOT27.915.09.91.8

RJ Davis – B+

If you follow me on social media, you will know I am a huge RJ Davis fan, I will compare him with the likes of Marcus Paige and Joel Berry… this guy is going to be a household name in the state of North Carolina… and he has not disappointed me yet.

RJ was also voted a Team Captain during his Sophomore Year and has been leading the UNC back-court alongside Love. UNC is playing with two main ball handlers, Davis and Love. We wondered how the rotation would be but they are playing together more often than not.

Davis has been heating up from deep. At Late Night in HD, we saw RJ knock down lots to whet our appetite and now RJ’s got the green light and has hit some very big three-pointers for the Tar Heels. Davis is averaging over 50% on three-pointers and has made 18 already this season.

Turnovers are the main concern for Davis after picking up quite a few over the last four games. I think RJ is more confident on the ball this year and his handling of pressure will get better and his passing decisions will improve.

RJ Davis is going to put a lot of smiles on UNC fans this year, you wait and see.

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RJ DAVIS30.114.23.84.0

Brady Manek – B+

Everyone keeps saying… why only one year Brady, why!? Brady Manek might be everyone’s favourite Tar Heel. He has shown great abilities on the court and great maturity off of it in his post-game interviews.

Tar Heel Nation have been crying out for a Stretch-Four and boy have they got one now. Super-Senior Manek has been lighting it up from outside, none more than against Tennessee with 6 from downtown. It’s not just his outside scoring that has impressed, his footwork inside has been marvellous, Brady is proving to everyone he is a dual-threat offensively.

Manek has not started since the first game with Dawson Garcia taking his place, but Manek has averaged more minutes than Garcia through the first eight games. Of course, the starting lineup is important but that final lineup when the game is close is the one I’m looking at.

We need to enjoy this year of Brady Manek and I have a feeling the Bearded Bucket Getter (Jawad Williams’ words not mine) will give us plenty of memories.

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BRADY MANEK26.914.16.00.9

Dawson Garcia – B-

Potentially the greatest acquisition from NCAA Transfer Portal this summer, Dawson Garcia. Dawson was voted in the Big East All-Freshman Team, then declared for the NBA Draft last season, but ultimately decided to join the Tar Heels.

There is no denying the talent of Garcia and Coach Davis has shown his faith in him too, by making him a permanent fixture in the starting lineup over the last seven games. The 6’11 forward adds so much offensive threat to UNC, from inside-out.

Dawson dropped 26 in the game against Purdue (the game Bacot was quiet). It was great to see another forward step up if it’s not working out for another big that game. Garcia has knocked down 8 three-pointers this season already and is not afraid to pull up if he’s given the room.

Garcia only played for 13 minutes and didn’t put up many numbers in the last game against Georgia Tech. Although, Garcia has impressed through the first quarter of the season and I am enjoying how the rotation of Bacot, Manek and Garcia is working.

I personally would like to see more from Garcia defensively and for us to not rely on Mando being the only clean-up guy inside.

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DAWSON GARCIA22.110.05.50.9

Kerwin Walton – C

I don’t know what is going on. Our best three-point scorer hasn’t scored from behind the arc in four games. Kerwin Walton was being predicted as the guy who will shine in this UNC team and become our best outside scorer.

Shooters get in slumps and that is what Kerwin is in. Get him a couple of makes in the next game and that could be the confidence boost he needs. We still believe in him and want to see KW shine!

Walton is not bringing the same level of defensive intensity at the moment compared to the back-court of Caleb and RJ and the main wing, Leaky.

It’s a slump, he can shake it off!

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KERWIN WALTON20.65.01.50.6

Anthony Harris – C+

From what I have seen, I’ve been impressed with Anthony Harris. He performed well against Georgia Tech and helped Leaky with the assignment of Devoe.

Harris is only averaging eight minutes per game in this very deep squad. Anthony is now in his third year at UNC, after red-shirting his Freshman Year, I am hoping to see the leader in Harris come out this season.

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ANTHONY HARRIS8.91.30.30.1

Justin McKoy – C+

North Carolina Native, Justin McKoy transferred to UNC from ACC Rival Virginia this summer and has found himself on a very talented deep squad. We have yet to see McKoy break into the rotation as of yet.

Personally, I see many comparisons between himself and Leaky Black in their style of play, but I know from tapes that McKoy has got some bounce, sadly we haven’t seen it yet.

Justin is still very young and I do see him stepping up more next season, but I am interested in seeing what he can provide this current Tar Heel Team.

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JUSTIN MCKOY6.90.61.10.6

Dontrez Styles – NEEDS EXTRA CREDIT

GET DONTREZ INTO THE GAME!!!

That is every Tar Heel fans wish currently because we have yet to see Styles properly after only playing 11 minutes so far. The potential is there, I’m excited when we get to see the fruits of it.

Come on Coach, let the kid play!

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DONTREZ STYLES2.20.40.40.2

D’Marco Dunn – NEEDS EXTRA CREDIT

Just like Dontrez, we have only seen Dunn play for 6 minutes this season.

D’Marco is an exciting young guard and I personally would like to see him in the game more when we’ve taken a large lead.

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D’MARCO DUNN2.01.00.00.0

Coach Hubert Davis – B+

Eight games into the Head Coaching career of Coach Hubert Davis and I am content.

UNC are 6-2 and 1-0 in ACC. Those two losses came from Purdue, potential NCAA Champions and a ranked Tennessee side.

Coach Davis has implemented his style of the Carolina Way, continuing the cultures of UNC with a modern twist. I like his press conferences and he’s saying the right things.

I am surprised by his rotation currently and would like to see more of McKoy and Styles on the floor. I believe with the NCAA Transfer Portal now, a big role of Coach Davis is going to keep players happy and manage that.

I am proud to have Coach Davis as our Head Coach.

Next up, Elon and Furman should be two blow-out wins and a real test for Coach Davis and the Tar Heels against UCLA on December 18th.

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Tar Heels Overseas Update

In the 2021/22 season, 17 Tar Heels are playing professionally overseas. This is the latest update on the Tar Heels Overseas with the latest statistics and highlights.

James McAdoo is in the Top 5 Scorers in the Japanese League, Justin Pierce had his revenge game in Germany, Reyshawn Terry took his team to the Final Four in Mexico, Isaiah Hicks is dominating the Korean Basketball League again and so much more.

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James McAdoo – Hitachi Sun Rockers (Japan)

James Michael McAdoo is in his second season in Japan and the 2x NBA Champion is having himself a season in Asia. JMM is in the Top 5 Scorers in the B-League, the top-tier of Japanese basketball and leads the league in steals.

McAdoo plays for the Hitachi Sun Rockers and currently sits 3rd in the Eastern Conference with a record of 10-4. JMM is averaging 21.1 PPG and 8.9 RPG, after putting up 10.92 PPG and 6.24 RPG last season, McAdoo means business.

Hitachi Sun Rockers beat Neophoenix twice earlier this month, the team of fellow Tar Heel, Justin Knox. McAdoo had a huge game with 31 points and 13 boards.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
64-69 (LOSS) vs Hiroshima Dragonflies
27 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in 40 minutes

82-69 (WIN) vs Hiroshima Dragonflies
20 points, 9 rebounds, 5 steals and 2 blocks in 33 minutes

70-64 (WIN) vs Neo-Phoenix
31 points, 13 rebounds and 5 steals in 33 minutes

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BESIKTAS (TURKEY)2019/2020.78.556.641.15
PARTIZAN BELGRADE (SERBIA)2019/2011.68.03.00.56
HITACHI SUN ROCKERS (JAPAN)2020/2121.010.926.241.38
HITACHI SUN ROCKERS (JAPAN)2021/2231.521.18.92.21
Statistics are up to date as of November 15th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Kennedy Meeks – Cholet Basket (France)

Kennedy Meeks is another player who has spent a few seasons in Asia but left this season to head to France in Europe. Meeks signed for Cholet Basket this summer to play in one of the best professional leagues in the world.

Meeks is finding his feet in France and has started the past two games. He also had his first Double-Double of the season a few weeks ago with 11 and 10.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
59-102 (LOSS) vs AS Monaco Basket
8 points, 2 rebounds and 2 steals in 18 minutes

81-105 (LOSS) vs Chorale Roaane
11 points, 10 rebounds and 1 assist in 23 minutes

91-79 (WIN) vs Limoges CSP
8 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block in 14 minutes

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LEVANGA HOKKAIDO (JAPAN)2019/2034.120.9710.871.23
SEOUL SAMSUNG THUNDERS (SOUTH KOREA)2020/2115.16.816.000.31
CHANGWON LG SAKERS (SOUTH KOREA)2020/2110.77.254.250.5
CHOLET BASKET (FRANCE)2021/229.05.434.00.14
Statistics are up to date as of November 15th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Marcus Paige – Orleans Loiret (France)

Marcus Paige went from Eastern Europe to Western Europe this summer after signing for Orleans Loiret in France. Paige is a big part of the French team’s rotation after averaging 33.6 MPG and leading his team in steals.

Orleans has struggled in the Jeep Elite League this season, they are currently 16th out of 18, but do have multiple winnable games coming up including against the 14th, 15th and 17th teams.

Marcus Paige was the latest guest to join The Tar Heel Show and you can listen to him talk about his career overseas, including his UNC Basketball 2021/22 Season Preview:

MOST RECENT GAMES:
95-81 (WIN) vs Nanterre 92
11 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds and 1 steal in 36 minutes

74-99 (LOSS) vs ASVEL Basket
11 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound and 1 steal in 29 minutes

52-83 (LOSS) vs Fos Sur Mer
8 points, 3 assists and 1 steal in 37 minutes

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PARTIZAN BELGRADE (SERBIA)2018/1924.210.53.721.1
PARTIZAN BELGRADE (SERBIA)2019/2022.39.931.880.79
PARTIZAN BELGRADE (SERBIA)2020/2126.29.22.40.9
ORLEANS LOIRET (FRANCE)2021/2233.69.433.861.43
Statistics are up to date as of November 15th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Isaiah Hicks – Seoul Samsung Thunders (South Korea)

Isaiah Hicks had a great 2020/21 season for Seoul Samsung Thunders, so it was decided he would extend his contract in South Korea. Hicks is playing even better than last year and will be hoping to help push his team up the standings.

Hicks is in the Top 5 Scorers in the Korean Basketball League, also one of the leading shot-blockers in the KBL. The 2017 NCAA Champion is having some great performances this season, including a win against rivals and current leaders of the KBL, Seoul SK, with 22 and 14 coming from Hicks himself.

Seoul Samsung Thunders are currently in 8th place with a record of 5-9.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
75-74 (WIN) vs Seoul SK
22 points and 14 rebounds in 28 minutes

67-78 (LOSS) vs Ulsan
24 points and 11 rebounds in 29 minutes

81-76 (WIN) vs Ulsan
29 points and 8 rebounds in 26 minutes

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AVTODAR SARATOV (RUSSIA)2019/2028.312.866.712.0
SEOUL SAMSUNG THUNDERS (SOUTH KOREA)2020/2124.817.287.351.46
SEOUL SAMSUNG THUNDERS (SOUTH KOREA)2021/2224.718.797.571.21
Statistics are up to date as of October 10th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Luke Maye – BAXI Manresa (Spain)

LUUUUUKKKKKKEEEEE! One of the most loved Tar Heels is getting attention in Manresa, Spain. Luke Maye signed for BAXI Manresa in the summer and is playing in probably the best professional league outside the NBA.

Maye has been coming off the bench for the Spanish side who are currently 6th in the Liga ACB. Maye is averaging 6.67 PPG this season but has averaged over 10 PPG in the Basketball Champions League.

BAXI Manresa has some big games coming up in the Liga ACB as they play the 3rd, 4th and 5th teams.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
86-75 (WIN) vs Rio Breogan
10 points, 3 rebounds and 1 steal in 17 minutes

72-67 (WIN) vs Pinar Karsiyaka
14 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists in 17 minutes

82-90 (LOSS) vs Urbas Fuenlabrada
15 points, 4 rebounds and 1 steal in 21 minutes

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TRENTO (ITALY)2020/2125.211.615.981.24
BAXI MANRESA (SPAIN)2021/2215.66.673.00.83
Statistics are up to date as of November 15th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Nate Britt – Yoast United (Netherlands)

Nate Britt took on a new challenge this season after signing for Yoast United in the newly founded BNXT League, the top-tiers of Dutch and Belgian basketball.

Britt is an important contributor to Yoast United, leading his team in assists, third in scoring and second in minutes and steals.

Britt is having himself a great season with scoring highs of 20 points and two games with 8 assists. Yoast United have a record of 2-5 in the 2021/22 season.

Britt has played in Scotland, Cyprus and Germany over the past few seasons.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
69-79 (LOSS) vs Feyenoord Rotterdam
9 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds and 4 steals in 37 minutes

85-76 (WIN) vs Feyenoord Rotterdam
16 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 1 steal in 38 minutes

81-87 (LOSS) vs Basketball Academie Limburg
18 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds and 3 steals in 36 minutes

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GLASGOW ROCKS
(UNITED KINGDOM)
2017/1828.511.723.563.68
OMONIA NICOSIA (CYPRUS)2019/2033.714.523.624.14
WIHA PANTHERS (GERMANY)2020/2130.013.585.393.65
YOAST UNITED (NETHERLANDS)2021/2230.112.435.04.0
Statistics are up to date as of November 15th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Deon Thompson – Casademont Zaragoza (Spain)

Deon Thompson found himself in his old stomping grounds of Spain again, after returning from his summer of playing in Puerto Rico.

Thompson reached the playoffs with Leones de Ponce, but they were knocked out with a shot from the opponents half from a buzzer-beater. Heartbreaking.

Thompson is back in the Liga ACB and will be hoping to help his new side, Zaragoza. Thompson has only played four games so far and will be hoping to improve the team’s record of 4-6.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
78-84 (LOSS) vs Joventut Badalona
10 points and 4 rebounds in 19 minutes

82-72 (WIN) vs Real Betis
7 points and 7 rebounds in 26 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGSPG
UNICAJA MALAGA (SPAIN)2019/2020.89.113.230.89
UNICAJA MALAGA (SPAIN)2020/2119.98.573.740.68
LEONES DE PONCE (PUERTO RICO)202125.815.156.270.58
CASADEMONT ZARAGOZA (SPAIN)2021/2216.35.83.00.2
Statistics are up to date as of November 15th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Ty Lawson – US Monastir (Tunisia)

Ty Lawson has recently signed for US Monastir in Tunisia, the runners up of the 2021 Basketball Africa League. Lawson recently left his team in Greece and could not work out a deal in Puerto Rico. Lawson is set to be the first former NBA player to play in the Basketball Africa League.

JP Tokoto – Hapoel Tel Aviv (Israel)

JP Tokoto was a high-flyer in Chapel Hill and has been replicating that in Israel the past few seasons.

Tokoto is in his second year with Hapoel Tel Aviv and is the leader in RPG for his side, as well as in the Top 3 Scorers.

JP will be hoping to improve on Hapoel Tel Aviv’s 2-4 start to the season, even with the big numbers he has been producing.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
67-62 (WIN) vs Hapoel Unet Holon
11 points and 15 rebounds in 38 minutes

76-90 (LOSS) vs Ironi Nez Ziona
9 points and 11 rebounds in 30 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGAPGRPG
HAPOEL EILAT (ISRAEL)2018/1928.113.423.187.61
IRONI NES ZIONA (ISRAEL)2019/2031.414.214.146.29
HAPOEL TEL AVIV (ISRAEL)2020/2128.113.644.575.29
HAPOEL TEL AVIV (ISRAEL)2021/2229.010.671.678.67
Statistics are up to date as of November 15h (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Jawad Williams – Yamagata Wyverns (Japan)

Jawad Williams signed for a new team this year in Japan and will be playing for Yamagata Wyverns in the second-tier of Japanese basketball. Yamagata is currently 9-4 and in 5th place.

Williams is now 38 years old and is not slowing down. He is the second-leading scorer on the team with 10.7 PPG and averaging over 24 MPG.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
67-65 (WIN) vs Bambitious Nara
19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 30 minutes

98-95 (WIN) vs Bambitious Nara
15 points, 5 rebounds and 1 assist in 15 minutes

61-67 (LOSS) vs Sendai 89ers
11 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block in 29 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGAPG
TOYOTA ALVARK (JAPAN)2018/1923.610.424.311.27
LINK TOCHIGI BREX (JAPAN)2019/2014.17.162.890.58
LEVANGA HOKKAIDO (JAPAN)2020/2125.510.474.31.51
YAMAGATA WYVERNS (JAPAN)2021/2224.210.74.72.0
Statistics are up to date as of November 15th (source: basketball.realgm.com and proballers.com)

Justin Pierce – Wiha Panthers (Germany)

Justin Pierce has had a busy month, he was released by the VfL Kircheim Knights as it “didn’t work out”, a couple of weeks later he was picked up by the Wiha Panthers and then he played for the Wiha Panthers against the Kircheim Knights and was the leading scorer in the win, what a month!

If you follow Tar Heel International, you will recognise the Wiha Panthers as that was the team of Nate Britt’s last season. Pierce is on fire as of late and averaging over 18 PPG in the second-tier of German basketball.

Wiha Panthers are currently in 8th place with a 5-4 record, they finished in 6th last season and Pierce will be hoping to help take the Panthers to the playoffs.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
92-86 (WIN) vs Uni Baskets Paderborn
24 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist in 36 minutes

78-72 (WIN) vs VfL Kircheim Knights
24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists in 37 minutes

96-85 (WIN) vs VFL Astrostars Bochum
20 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 1 block in 33 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGAPG
KOBRAT (FINLAND)2020/2128.016.565.193.5
VFL KIRCHEIM KNIGHTS (GERMANY)2021/2227.08.677.331.67
WIHA PANTHERS (GERMANY)2021/2233.418.24.82.0
Statistics are up to date as of November 15th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Brice Johnson – Toyama Grouses (Japan)

Brice Johnson, the former NBA player is one of four Tar Heels playing in Japan this season. Johnson plays for Toyama Grouses.

After a tough start to the season, the Grouses have a record of 4-10 after a three-win streak including two wins against Justin Knox’s Neophoenix.

Johnson has come off the bench this season in the top-tier of Japanese basketball and providing some big points and boards for his team.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
90-89 (WIN) vs Neophoenix
7 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists in 12 minutes

92-77 (WIN) vs Neophoenix
12 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists in 18 minutes

94-80 (WIN) vs Kyoto Hannaryz
11 points, 7 rebounds,2 assists, 1 steal and block in 15 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGBPG
ORLANDINA (ITALY)2019/2032.417.3511.180.82
CHORALE ROANNE (FRANCE)2019/2025.413.295.430.43
BUDIVELYNK (UKRAINE)2020/2124.313.08.371.16
TOYAMA GROUSES (JAPAN)2021/2216.48.796.930.36
Statistics are up to date as of November 15th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Kenny Williams – Kolossos Rhodes (Greece)

Kenny Williams has been on fire this season, with 4 out of 7 games that Williams has scored 4 or more three-pointers in a game.

Williams was known for heating up in the NBA G-League with the Austin Spurs and has now transitioned his game to overseas basketball.

Kolossos Rhodes are 5-2 this season.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
82-59 (WIN) vs GS Lavrio
16 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal in 32 minutes

85-82 (WIN) vs AEK Athens
14 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in 32 minutes

88-81 (WIN) vs Ionikos Nikaias BC
21 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds in 32 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGAPGRPG
KOLOSSOS RHODES (GREECE)2021/2232.314.02.713.29
Statistics are up to date as of November 15th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Christian Keeling – BC Rustavi (Georgia)

Christian Keeling went from Georgia to Georgia this summer after signing for BC Rustavi in Eastern Europe.

Keeling proved last season at the Glasgow Rocks that he is a top scorer and that has continued with his new side. Keeling is averaging 19 PPG in Georgia.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
93-78 (WIN) vs Mega Tbilisi
25 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in 29 minutes

70-78 (LOSS) vs TSU Tbilisi
21 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 34 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGAPGRPG
GLASGOW ROCKS (SCOTLAND)2020/2134.117.22.895.1
BC RUSTAVI (GEORGIA)2021/2229.819.02.54.8
Statistics are up to date as of November 15th (source: basketball.realgm.com and proballers.com)

Reyshawn Terry – Plateros de Fresnillo (Mexico)

Reyshawn Terry at 37 years old is in the Top 5 Scorers of the top-tier of Mexican basketball. Terry plays for Plateros de Fresnillo and finished 6th in the Mexican LNBP.

The 2005 NCAA Champion has been performing at a very high level this season and helped his team reach the Semi-Finals in the playoffs. Terry’s side lost 3-2 in the series.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
92-96 (LOSS) vs Fuerza Regia
13 points and 4 rebounds in 28 minutes

85-82 (WIN) vs Fuerza Regia
24 points and 8 rebounds in 32 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGAPG
ANYANG KGC (SOUTH KOREA)2018/1932.020.679.641.33
MINEROS DE ZACATECAS (MEXICO)2019/2030.714.56.261.74
PLATEROS DE FRESNILLO (MEXICO)2021/2226.717.05.31.33
Statistics are up to date as of November 15th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Justin Knox – Neo-Phoenix (Japan)

Justin Knox has faced two Tar Heels over the past month, Brice Johnson and James McAdoo. Sadly for Knox, his team wasn’t able to get a win in those games and is currently on a 6 game losing streak.

Knox did put up 18 points against McAdoo’s Hitachi Sun Rockers twice and 12 and 11 points against Johnson’s Toyama Grouses.

MOST RECENT GAMES:
89-90 (LOSS) vs Toyama Grouses
12 points and 3 rebounds in 30 minutes

80-91 (LOSS) vs Hitachi Sun Rockers
18 points and 6 rebounds in 34 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGBPG
PALLACANESTRO TRIESTE (ITALY)2018/1917.110.424.290.68
TRENTO (ITALY)2019/2022.110.575.190.59
WONJU DONGBU PROMY (SOUTH KOREA)2020/2121.613.946.780.69
NEO-PHOENIX (JAPAN)2021/2226.912.06.140.36
Statistics are up to date as of November 15th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

I hope you enjoyed this update on the Tar Heels Overseas, for the most up-to-date news, follow @britishtarheel on Twitter.

Have you listened to The Tar Heel Show? It’s a podcast with former UNC basketball players talking about their time in Chapel Hill and so much more.

The latest episode is with Marcus Paige and he talks about the current 2021/22 basketball season to share his excitement, as well as looking back on his UNC Basketball career and playing overseas in Serbia. Watch the episode below:

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Joel Berry’s Reaction to UNC vs Elizabeth City State

Joel Berry II will be keeping a close eye on the University of North Carolina Basketball Team this season, but for different reasons compared to previous seasons. This summer, Joel packed away his sneakers to pick up a microphone in his new role with the ACC Network as a Sports Analyst.

UNC Basketball hosted Elizabeth City State University on Friday night and it was the first time we were able to see the new-look Tar Heels take the floor. UNC took the 83-55 win with Dawson Garcia, Armando Bacot and Brady Manek combining for 51 points.

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Joel Berry spoke to Tar Heel International about his takeaways for the Exhibition Game against Elizabeth State University:

Obviously there was some first half jitters that caused too many turnovers in the first half. It was the first time playing in front of a large crowd at home since March 2020.

University of North Carolina have so many scoring options and they will shoot A LOT of three’s this season. Offensive rebounding is a tradition of UNC and is still key, even with a revamped offense.

Dawson Garcia, Brady Manek and Justin McKoy are already making a huge impact after transferring in this past summer.

I loved the defense intensity coming out of half-time. Carolina has many weapons in the front and back court. The Tar Heels still have to cut down on the turnovers and the guards need to continue to play fast, while under control.

We see that Carolina are obviously very talented with tons of versatility. This revamped offense will shoot so many 3’s this season with the ability of our new transfer big-men to step outside.

You can see the development already of Caleb Love and R.J. Davis. Like Coach Williams, Coach Davis continues the play of two point guards, which will result in the tempo being fast with Davis or Love being able to catch the outlet and push it up.

I love how this team looks and they are a really scary team with the amount of talent and scoring options they have.

Follow Joel Berry II on Twitter at @JoelBerryII

Go Heels!

Have you listened to The Tar Heel Show? It’s a podcast with former UNC basketball players talking about their time in Chapel Hill and so much more.

The latest episode is with Marcus Paige and he talks about the current 2021/22 basketball season to share his excitement, as well as looking back on his UNC Basketball career and playing overseas in Serbia. Watch the episode below:

The Podcast is also available on many different platforms; YouTubeSpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsPocket CastsRadioPublicCastbox and Anchor FM.

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Ty Lawson will be the first former NBA player to play in the Basketball Africa League

Third time’s a charm… Ty Lawson has signed for US Monastir in Tunisia, the runners up of the 2021 Basketball Africa League. Lawson recently left his team in Greece and could not work out a deal in Puerto Rico. Lawson is set to be the first former NBA player to play in the Basketball Africa League.

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Ty Lawson has been on the move as of late after his time playing in the Chinese Basketball Association for the Fujian Sturgeons. Lawson signed for Kolossos Rhodes in the Greek Basket League in the summer, after the move was delayed due to Lawson not being able to leave China due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lawson then supposedly signed for Mets de Guaynobo, who are currently in the playoffs in the Baloncesto Superior Nacional, the top-tier of Puerto Rican basketball. Although, reports have come out that the two teams could not reach a deal.

However, it looks like Lawson has found himself a new team after the Tunisian club, US Monastir has announced it on their social media.

Lawson was a member of the 2009 National Championship Team and in many people’s opinions, one of the best point guards to come out of the University of North Carolina. Lawson went on to play 587 NBA games from 2009 to 2017.

Ty Lawson is one of the biggest names the newly founded league has had (except J.Cole) and would be sure to bring lots of eyes to the Basketball Africa League. US Monastir also plays in the Championnat National A, the top-tier of Tunisian basketball.

Have you listened to the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast yet? It’s an interview-style podcast with former UNC basketball players as guests every episode. It launched in April and during Season One, the guests have included Joel Berry IIKennedy MeeksMarcus GinyardJawad WilliamsDeon ThompsonBobby FrasorNate BrittJustin PierceLeslie McDonaldBrandon RobinsonBaden Jaxen and Garrison Brooks.

The latest episode and finale of Season One of the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast is Tyler Hansbrough, as he talks about some funny stories of his time in Chapel Hill, playing overseas and his experiences in China, as well as his all-time UNC starting five, watch the episode here:

The Podcast is also available on many different platforms; YouTubeSpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsPocket CastsRadioPublicCastbox and Anchor FM.

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Tar Heels in the NBA – October Review

The 75th NBA season tipped off this month and 11 Tar Heels are taking to the NBA floor this season; Harrison Barnes, Cole Anthony, Nassir Little, Cam Johnson, Reggie Bullock, Danny Green, Coby White, Wayne Ellington, Tony Bradley, Day’Ron Sharpe and Ed Davis.

Tar Heel International will provide the latest statistics and highlights on the Tar Heels playing in the NBA.

Harrison Barnes is taking all the headlines with his performances through October. Reggie Bullock has found himself a new location this season after signing for Dallas. Danny Green signed a two-year extension at Philadelphia 76ers. Nassir Little is reminding everyone how good he can be in Portland. Tony Bradley headed up north to Chicago to join fellow Tar Heel, Coby White and Day’Ron Sharpe is the newest Tar Heel to play in the NBA.

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Harrison Barnes – Sacramento Kings

Harrison Barnes has started the season like a man on a mission. I’m putting it out there, very very early Most Improved Player race! Yes, that is early.

Barnes started the season grabbing all the headlines with 36 points in a win against the Trail Blazers, it was a great performance by Harrison but that was not the only time the media would be all over Barnes. Two days later, Barnes had 25 points and 15 boards in his next game (a career-high of rebounds in a game). That game ended in a loss to the Jazz.

You would have seen Harrison Barnes all over your timelines this past week again after the Kings took on the Suns and the ball was given to HB to take home the win… he delivered. Barnes broke the Suns hearts with a buzzer-beater three-pointer to take the win and if you didn’t know, now you do… Harrison Barnes means business this year.

Barnes is in the Top 20 Scorers as of October in the NBA with the Sacramento Kings 7th in Western Conference Standings with a 3-3 record.

HIGHLIGHTED MOST RECENT GAMES:
124-121 (WIN) vs Portland Trail Blazers
36 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals in 36 minutes

101-111 (LOSS) vs Utah Jazz
25 points, 15 rebounds and 2 steals in 38 minutes

110-107 (WIN) vs Phoenix Suns
22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in 39 minutes

113-109 (WIN) vs New Orleans Pelicans
18 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists in 37 minutes

99-105 (LOSS) vs Dallas Mavericks
15 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in 38 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGAPG
SACRAMENTO KINGS2019/2034.514.54.92.2
SACRAMENTO KINGS2020/2136.216.16.63.5
SACRAMENTO KINGS2021/2237.323.310.32.7
Statistics are up to date as of October 31st (source: nba.com)

Cole Anthony – Orlando Magic

There were some questions early to see how the rotations were going to work at the Orlando Magic with the addition of Jalen Suggs, into a roster already including Markell Fultz, Michael Carter-Williams and of course, Cole Anthony. Fultz and MCW have been out with injuries, given opportunities for Cole and Suggs to build chemistry as a backcourt partnership.

Cole Anthony’s best game so far was his visit to his hometown of New York, where Cole had 29 points, 16 rebounds (a career-high for rebounds in a game) and 8 assists in a win against the Knicks.

Orlando is currently joint bottom of the Eastern Conference with a record of 1-6. Anthony has been averaging 33.2 MPG and will be hoping to help lead his team to more wins in November.

HIGHLIGHTED MOST RECENT GAMES:
110-104 (WIN) vs New York Knicks
29 points, 16 rebounds and 8 assists in 34 minutes

111-120 (LOSS) vs Charlotte Hornets
24 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds in 34 minutes

109-110 (LOSS) vs Toronto Raptors
24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 33 minutes

103-110 (LOSS) vs Detroit Pistons
15 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists in 35 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGAPG
ORLANDO MAGIC2020/2127.112.94.74.1
ORLANDO MAGIC2021/2233.217.77.45.3
Statistics are up to date as of October 31st (source: nba.com)

Coby White – Chicago Bulls

Coby White got injured during the summer when away from the team, after having surgery White would be out until mid-November.

Although, the Chicago Bulls did exercise Coby’s fourth-year option on his contract and obviously have belief in the future of White after averaging 15.1 PPG and 4.8 APG in his second NBA season.

Hopefully, we’ll see White hit the court soon and kick off his 2021/22 season.

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGAPGRPG
CHICAGO BULLS2019/2025.813.22.73.5
CHICAGO BULLS2020/2131.215.14.84.1
Statistics are up to date as of October 31st (source: nba.com)

Cam Johnson – Phoenix Suns

Cam Johnson had a memorable season last year, that saw him gain a major role with the Phoenix Suns and reach the NBA Finals. Johnson will be hoping for more success this season and going that extra step.

Johnson has been coming off the bench for the Suns and averaging 21 MPG and 7 PPG. Cam is the go-to option on the wing and attempting five 3 pointers a game.

Cam could have made the headlines worldwide when he tried to attempt to poster LeBron James in the Suns win against the Lakers. Although, he did score 8 points in the NBA Western Conference 2021 Finals rematch.

The Suns have started the season with a 2-3 record and will be hoping to turn that around soon if they want to replicate the same success as last season.

HIGHLIGHTED MOST RECENT GAMES:
98-110 (LOSS) vs Denver Nuggets
11 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal in 23 minutes

115-105 (WIN) vs Los Angeles Lakers
8 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds in 18 minutes

101-92 (WIN) vs Cleveland Cavaliers
10 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block in 24 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGAPGRPG
PHOENIX SUNS2019/2022.08.81.23.3
PHOENIX SUNS2020/2124.09.61.43.3
PHOENIX SUNS2021/2221.07.01.02.4
Statistics are up to date as of October 31st (source: nba.com)

Nassir Little – Portland Trail Blazers

Nassir Little is reminding people why he was once one of the top young players in the country with his impact at the start of this season. Little has started two out of the five games for the Blazers and averaged over 25 MPG.

People have been impressed with Little’s contribution so far with his numbers improving over his previous two seasons. It has also been noted about what Little is bringing to the team that is not on the stat sheet and that always pleases fans.

Little is on a well-established team in the Blazers and will be hoping to support the strong backcourt of Lillard and McCollum. The Trail Blazers are currently 8th in the Western Conference with a 3-3 record in October.

HIGHLIGHTED MOST RECENT GAMES:
134-105 (WIN) vs Phoenix Suns
11 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in 27 minutes

86-116 (LOSS) vs Los Angeles Clippers
10 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks in 31 minutes

111-92 (WIN) vs Los Angeles Clippers
8 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal in 24 minutes

113-125 (LOSS) vs Charlotte Hornets
8 points and 6 rebounds in 18 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGSPG
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS2019/2011.93.62.30.3
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS2020/2113.34.62.70.1
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS2021/2224.18.85.70.8
Statistics are up to date as of October 31st (source: nba.com)

Wayne Ellington – Los Angeles Lakers

Wayne Ellington headed to Hollywood this summer and returned to the Los Angeles Lakers, giving him his best shot of an NBA Championship. The NCAA Champion was recording over 20 MPG in pre-season before he got a Grade 1 hamstring strain and has so far missed the regular-season games.

Ellington should be back on the court soon and it will be interesting to see how the 2009 Most Oustanding Player will fit into this Lakers squad, with rumours in the off-season that Ellington could feature in the starting lineup.

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGAPGSPG
NEW YORK KNICKS2019/2015.55.11.20.4
DETROIT PISTONS2020/2122.09.61.50.4
Statistics are up to date as of October 31st (source: nba.com)

Danny Green – Philadelphia 76ers

3x NBA Champion and 2009 NCAA Champion, Danny Green signed a two-year extension to keep him in Philadelphia after having three teams in the past three seasons.

Danny Green is continuing his role as a starter this season for the Sixers and averages over 24 MPG. The Philadelphia 76ers have been in the news a lot recently, due to the Ben Simmons situation, but Green has helped his team to a 4-2 start to the regular season with his 5.8 PPG. The 76ers are 6th in the Eastern Conference.

HIGHLIGHTED MOST RECENT GAMES:
115-103 (WIN) vs Oklahoma City Thunder
11 points, 8 rebounds and 1 block in 28 minutes

99-112 (LOSS) vs New York Knicks
12 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block in 24 minutes

122-94 (WIN) vs Atlanta Hawks
6 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 1 block in 22 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGSPG
LOS ANGELES LAKERS2019/2024.08.03.31.3
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS2020/2128.09.53.81.3
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS2021/2224.15.82.71.2
Statistics are up to date as of October 31st (source: nba.com)

Reggie Bullock – Dallas Mavericks

Reggie Bullock headed back to the Western Conference this summer after signing for the Dallas Mavericks. Bullock has suited up for the Clippers, Suns and Lakers over his 9 year NBA career in the West.

Bullock joins the star-studded team led by Luka Doncic and first-year Head Coach, Jason Kidd. It took Reggie a couple of games to get going in the 2021/22 season, but in his third game against the Houston Rockets, Bullock showed signs of heating up that we saw last season. Bullock contributed with 16 points and 4 from behind the arc in their win against their state rivals.

At the end of October, Dallas Mavericks are 4th in the Western Conference with a record of 4-2, with Bullock averaging 20.5 MPG and 6.5 PPG.

highlighted most recent games:
116-106 (W) vs Houston Rockets

16 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist in 17 minutes

104-99 (W) vs San Antonio Spurs
7 points and 2 rebounds in 29 minutes

105-99 (WIN) vs Sacramento Kings
7 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in 22 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGAPG
NEW YORK KNICKS2019/2023.68.12.31.4
NEW YORK KNICKS2020/2130.010.93.41.5
DALLAS MAVERICKS2021/2220.56.52.50.7
Statistics are up to date as of October 31st (source: nba.com)

Tony Bradley – Chicago Bulls

Tony Bradley joined fellow Tar Heel, Coby White, in Chicago this summer. The new-look Bulls with the additions of DeMar DeRozan and Lonzo Ball have been flying since Opening Day with a 5-1 record through October, sitting them 4th in the Eastern Conference.

Bradley has featured in three games this season with 7.3 MPG and 2.0 PPG.

highlighted most recent games:
103-104 (LOSS) vs New York Knicks
2 points and 3 rebounds in 6 minutes

107-99 (WIN) vs Utah Jazz
2 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in 13 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGBPG
UTAH JAZZ2019/2011.44.94.60.6
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS2020/2114.45.55.20.7
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER2020/2118.08.76.10.8
CHICAGO BULLS2021/227.32.02.71.0
Statistics are up to date as of October 31st (source: nba.com)

Day’Ron Sharpe – Brooklyn Nets

Day’Ron Sharpe was the next on the list of Tar Heels to play in the NBA after being drafted by the Phoenix Suns with the 29th pick of the NBA Draft 2021 and traded to the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets were touted to be quite interested in Sharpe and they got their man this summer.

Sharpe has only featured in four games this season and has been averaging 3.4 MPG, but the 19-year-old is a prospect and the Nets are hoping to see him reach the potential they believe he can.

Sharpe scored his first points in the NBA in a win against the Washington Wizards and to no Tar Heel fans surprise, it was an under the basket power move that we saw so much of last season.

It is thought we could see Sharpe get some minutes for Brooklyn’s G-League Affiliate Team, the Long Island Nets, but currently, Sharpe is playing with some of the best players in the world as his teammates and looking to learn as much as possible.

HIGHLIGHTED MOST RECENT GAMES:
104-90 (WIN) vs Washington Wizards
2 points in 4 minutes

117-91 (WIN) vs Detroit Pistons
5 points and 2 rebounds in 6 minutes

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPG
BROOKLYN NETS2021/223.41.80.5
Statistics are up to date as of October 31st (source: nba.com)

Ed Davis – Cleveland Cavaliers

Ed Davis is now on his eighth NBA team after signing for the Cleveland Cavaliers this summer. The NCAA 2009 Champion has been a solid role player since entering the NBA in 2010 and will be hoping to be an influential veteran on this relatively young Cavaliers team.

Davis has only played 3 minutes this season and we’ll see if he gets more playing time in the rotation of Head Coach J.B. Bickerstaff’s system. The Cavaliers are currently 11th with a 3-4 record.

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGBPG
UTAH JAZZ2019/2010.81.83.80.3
MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES2020/2113.02.15.00.6
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS2021/221.50.00.50.0
Statistics are up to date as of October 31st (source: nba.com)

Tar Heels in the G-League

Theo Pinson was signed by the Boston Celtics this summer, then waived. He was then signed to their G-League Affiliate Team, the Maine Celtics.

Justin Jackson was signed by the Dallas Mavericks but was waived a day later. He then went on to sign for their G-League Affiliate Team, the Texas Legends.

Have you listened to the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast yet? It’s an interview-style podcast with former UNC basketball players as guests every episode. It launched in April and during Season One, the guests have included Joel Berry IIKennedy MeeksMarcus GinyardJawad WilliamsDeon ThompsonBobby FrasorNate BrittJustin PierceLeslie McDonaldBrandon RobinsonBaden Jaxen and Garrison Brooks.

The latest episode and finale of Season One of the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast is Tyler Hansbrough, as he talks about some funny stories of his time in Chapel Hill, playing overseas and his experiences in China, as well as his all-time UNC starting five, watch the episode here:

The Podcast is also available on many different platforms; YouTubeSpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsPocket CastsRadioPublicCastbox and Anchor FM.

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How will the Tar Heels fare in Coach Davis’ first season? Former players make their predictions for the upcoming season.

Basketball season is just around the corner and we’re about to see a brand new University of North Carolina Basketball Team take the floor. A first-year coach, three new transfers, a young core with some exciting freshmen coming to Chapel Hill.

What can we expect this year? How far will the Tar Heels go? We all have predictions of what’s going to happen. Hear from the former players who were once in their position.

Tar Heel International spoke with Marcus Ginyard, Marcus Paige, Garrison Brooks, Joel James, Christian Keeling, Justin Pierce, Baden Jaxen, Leslie McDonald, Jawad Williams, Kennedy Meeks and Bobby Frasor to hear their takes and predictions on the upcoming 2021/22 season for the UNC Basketball Team.

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Marcus Ginyard (2005-2010) has had a close eye on the current Tar Heels, from working out with the team in the off-season to commentating at Late Night. Marcus has got lots of questions and time will answer them.

“We’ve got all the talent to be a successful team, we’ve got a couple of transfers in that’s not always easy to get that chemistry, what will we look like if we lose a couple in a row… will we stay together?”

Marcus Ginyard speaking to Tar Heel International

“We have great leadership, even from our transfers. It will come down to Caleb and Armando, will they accept the challenge to be the best players in the country? Are we getting to get the leadership and poise from Brady and Leaky? Are we going to defend?”

Marcus Ginyard speaking to Tar Heel International

“I’m super excited, I think all those pieces will fall into place. Will we see Coach Davis take a big step as Head Coach? Will Caleb and Armando take huge steps into being an All-American type of conversations and really winning the games for us when tight and close? Reminds me of Harrison Barnes. It’s a huge challenge and we’re going to see.”

Marcus Ginyard speaking to Tar Heel International

Marcus Paige (2012-2016) will go down as one of the greatest guards to come out of the University of North Carolina and has high expectations for the current guards and is excited for the season ahead.

“When people ask me this, I always say it depends on how RJ and Caleb play. The back-court is deep and it will come down to them. They showed spurts of greatness as freshmen, but it was rocky. It’s tough, I’ve been there. The front-court depending on what game it is, I see some different combinations that can really do different things really well. You can go big-big or go small ball and great shooting. It’s going to be fun to see how they tinker with it.”

Marcus Paige speaking to Tar Heel International

“I am so excited to see them play. I’m seeing different things from the Instagram videos they’re releasing, better spacing, I’m seeing different reads guys were not making early in their career. I’m super excited to see the product they put on the floor. I hope RJ and Caleb stay grounded and know if they don’t hit the ground running, it’s not the end of the world. It’s a new coach, a new system. They’re still young. It’s a long grind. It’s a process that will need to mature.”

Marcus Paige speaking to Tar Heel International

“They have the versatility, they have the depth, there’s no reason they can’t be in the conversation to be one of the best teams.”

Marcus Paige speaking to Tar Heel International

Garrison Brooks (2017-2021) is a former Preseason ACC Player of the Year and is a former teammate of half the current team. Garrison has a huge prediction for Caleb Love.

“I personally predict Mando is going to have a great year and we’ll see huge jumps from RJ and Caleb. Caleb will be one of the best guards in America.”

Garrison Brooks speaking to Tar Heel International

Joel James (2012-2016) spent four years in Chapel Hill, playing with some of the greatest Tar Heels. Joel gives an exciting prediction on the current UNC Basketball Team, who he worked out with this summer.

“Justin has a chance to be the sixth man of the year if he comes off the bench. Dawson is one of the most skilled bigs I’ve seen come through Carolina, his fundamentals are beyond solid, and he has a smooth and confident pace to his game.”

Joel James speaking to Tar Heel International

“Caleb has the same toughness and grit to his game that reminds me of Joel Berry. Leaky could be the best defender in the league, if not top 3 easily.”

Joel James speaking to Tar Heel International

Kennedy Meeks (2013-2017) knew how to perform in a Final Four (see Oregan game in 2017) and now he has the same expectations for the current Tar Heels.

“I think they will go to the Final Four. My starters would be RJ, Caleb, Kerwin, Brady and Mando. That’s a really really really strong five and I think Caleb Love will have an ACC Player of the Year season, honestly!”

Kennedy Meeks speaking to Tar Heel International

Leslie McDonald (2009-2014) has full belief in Coach Davis and Caleb Love and is not holding back.

“I believe the Heels have a great chance to win it all. Of course, I’m bias but when you actually look at the size and depth of our team, it’s a given! I believe this could be Caleb Love break out year. He has a year under his belt, therefore the game becomes more natural.”

Leslie McDonald speaking to Tar Heel International

“Our team has tenure, so with the returning guys as well as our freshman class we look really good. Not to mention we have Coach Davis! I believe Tar Heel Nation is going to be surprised by the style of play this year.”

Leslie McDonald speaking to Tar Heel International

Justin Pierce (2019-2020) only spent one year at the University of North Carolina and is now entering his second season overseas in Europe. Pierce will be keeping a close eye on the Tar Heels this season.

“I think Bacot, Manek and Garcia as a 3 man rotation will be really fun to watch. I think they as a team will shoot the ball really well this year which will help a lot with spacing – especially Manek and Walton! I think the starting 5 is Love, Davis, Walton, Manek and Bacot. It’ll be fun to see how the rotation plays out because there is just so much talent on this roster.”

Justin Pierce speaking to Tar Heel International

Jawad Williams (2001-2005) has won the last game while he was with the UNC Basketball Team and is expecting big from the young guys.

“I think this is a 22 win season, minimum. Dontrez Styles will compete for playing time and it’s between Caleb or Armando for the best player on the team. Also, I’ve named Brady the Bearded Bucket Getter.”

Jawad Williams speaking to Tar Heel International

Christian Keeling (2019-2020) understands the assignment with UNC Basketball and believes we will still see a lot of the traditional Tar Heels we’re used to.

“Always looking to win the ACC and win the natty that’s just the standard. I think depth will be their biggest advantage for sure and we going to always rebound the hell out of the ball. It will be a fun season for sure… I can’t wait!”

Christian Keeling speaking to Tar Heel International

Some Tar Heels are just excited to see Coach Hubert Davis and ready to take it all in. Baden Jaxen (2009-2013) and Bobby Frasor (2005-2009) share their excitement.

“I’m excited to see how the organization is just in general with it being Coach Davis’ first year being Head Coach. I am excited to see Caleb Love this season. I like his game.”

Baden Jaxen speaking to Tar Heel International

“I don’t have many hot takes or predictions. I’m excited to watch them this year. Mostly excited to see how Hubert runs things.”

Bobby Frasor speaking to Tar Heel International

The Carolina Family have high expectations, as do the fans. A lot of people are excited to see Caleb Love and Armando Bacot lead this team and believe the new additions will complement the core already there.

Personally, I think Coach Davis could have a Coach Guthridge type season. The talent is there and with Coach Davis likely putting his modern spin on the Carolina Way, I believe the players will buy-in. We’re a dark horse in the race, get excited Tar Heel fans!

I hope you enjoyed the predictions from the Carolina Family. Let me know at @britishtarheel on Twitter what you think is going to happen.

Have you listened to the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast yet? It’s an interview-style podcast with former UNC basketball players as guests every episode. It launched in April and during Season One, the guests have included Joel Berry IIKennedy MeeksMarcus GinyardJawad WilliamsDeon ThompsonBobby FrasorNate BrittJustin PierceLeslie McDonaldBrandon RobinsonBaden Jaxen and Garrison Brooks.

The latest episode and finale of Season One of the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast is Tyler Hansbrough, as he talks about some funny stories of his time in Chapel Hill, playing overseas and his experiences in China, as well as his all-time UNC starting five, watch the episode here:

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