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Dean Smith Left $200 To Every Player He Coached For 'Dinner Out'

Mar 26, 2015 1:34 PM

Dean Smith left $200 in his trust to every one of his varsity basketball letterman he coached in his career.

Smith had his trust send the $200 check with a message of "enjoy a dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith."

Smith passed away on Feb. 7 at the age of 85.

Smith won two National Championships, while also appearing in 11 Final Fours and winning the ACC regular season in 17 seasons.

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Current NBA, International Alumni From Sweet 16 Schools

Mar 25, 2015 3:26 PM

The 2015 Sweet 16 includes several of the best programs in college basketball that routinely send excellent talent to the NBA and to professional leagues abroad.

The following tallies show the number of players from each school in the NBA and the total number of professional players internationally in the 80+ leagues RealGM covers with full statistical information. The links beside each school list the players and their current season stats.

Midwest
Kentucky (18 in NBA / 33 in Pros)
Notre Dame (1 in NBA / 12 in Pros)
West Virginia (0 in NBA / 15 in Pros)
Wichita State (2 in NBA / 14 in Pros)

West
Wisconsin (3 in NBA / 18 in Pros)
Arizona (12 in NBA / 25 in Pros)
North Carolina (17 in NBA / 32 in Pros)
Xavier (1 in NBA / 17 in Pros

South
Duke (18 in NBA / 28 in Pros)
Gonzaga (3 in NBA / 19 in Pros)
Utah (2 in NBA / 14 in Pros)
UCLA (14 in NBA / 34 in Pros)

East
Oklahoma (1 in NBA / 19 in Pros
Louisville (2 in NBA / 25 in Pros)
Michigan State (6 in NBA / 18 in Pros)
NC State (3 in NBA / 22 in Pros)

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Jahlil Okafor Headlines 2015 ACC Awards

Mar 9, 2015 8:39 PM

Jahlil Okafor has been named the 2015 ACC Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year (Media, Coaches).

Joining Okafor on the All-ACC First Team are Malcolm Brogdon, Rakeem Christmas, Jerian Grant and Olivier Hanlan.

Brogdon and Christmas shared Defensive Player of the Year. Christmas was also named Most Improved Player.

BeeJay Anya won the Sixth Man of the Year award from the media, while Mike Tobey won it in the coaches vote.

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Dick Vitale Won't Call Duke-UNC For First Time Since 1979

Feb 16, 2015 7:02 PM

Dick Vitale will not call this week's game between Duke and North Carolina.

Vitale had been part of the broadcasting team for every game between Duke and North Carolina since joining ESPN in 1979.

Jay Bilas will call the game with Dan Shulman.

Bilas has already replaced Vitale during ESPN's Saturday night prime time slot games this season.

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ACC, Pac-12, SEC Have Most Players Currently In NBA

Feb 9, 2015 2:06 PM

The ACC has the most former players currently in the NBA with 74, followed by the Pac-12 with 59 and SEC with 55.

Duke has 20 current NBA players, while North Carolina and Kentucky each have 18.

ACC: 74

Pac-12: 59

SEC: 55

Big Ten: 38

Big 12: 35

Big East: 24

American Athletic: 21

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Dean Smith Passes Away At 83

Feb 8, 2015 12:21 PM

Dean Smith passed away Saturday evening in Chapel Hill. He was 83 years old.

“Coach Dean Smith passed away peacefully the evening of February 7 at his home in Chapel Hill, and surrounded by his wife and five children,” the Smith family said in a statement. “We are grateful for all the thoughts and prayers, and appreciate the continued respect for our privacy as arrangements are made available to the public. Thank you.”

Smith was the head coach of the Tar Heels from 1961 to 1997, retiring as the winningest coach in college basketball. He led the Tar Heels to national championships in 1982 and 1993, to 13 ACC Tournament titles, 11 Final Fours, and an NIT championship, and directed the United States Olympic Team to a gold medal at the 1976 Summer Games.

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Jalek Felton Commits To North Carolina

Dec 31, 2014 11:01 AM

Jalek Felton has committed to North Carolina, giving the Tar Heels their first recruit for the 2017 class.

Felton is a top-10 player in the class and the nephew of Raymond Felton.

"It's been a dream of his for a long time," said Fred Cannon, Felton's AAU coach with Team Felton. "It's all he's ever talked about. He sees it as more of a legacy-type thing.

"He's a fan of Roy Williams and the coaching staff, the up-tempo style, guard-oriented. It made him feel comfortable."

Felton had scheduled visits to Kansas, Wichita State, Kentucky and Arizona for January.

Felton is among the elite players in the Class of 2017, ranking as the No. 7 overall prospect and No. 1 shooting guard in the country.

Jeff Borzello/ESPN

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Okafor, Paige, Kaminsky, Harrell, VanVleet Named Preseason All-Americans

Nov 3, 2014 1:25 PM

Jahlil Okafor has been named an AP Preseason All-American, which is just the third time a freshman has been named to the team.

Joining Okafor on the team are North Carolina junior point guard Marcus Paige, Wisconsin senior forward Frank Kaminsky, Louisville junior forward Montrezl Harrell and Wichita State junior point Fred VanVleet.

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McCants Alleges Bogus Classes While At UNC, Known By Roy Williams

Jun 6, 2014 11:34 AM

Rashad McCants told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" that tutors wrote his term papers, he rarely went to class for about half his time at UNC, and he remained able to play largely because he took bogus classes designed to keep athletes academically eligible.

McCants told "Outside the Lines" that he could have been academically ineligible to play during the championship season had he not been provided the assistance. Further, he said Roy Williams knew about the "paper-class" system at UNC. 

McCants also told "Outside the Lines" that he even made the Dean's List in Spring 2005 despite not attending any of his four classes for which he received straight-A grades.

McCants' allegations mirror and amplify many of those first made public in 2011, when the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer began to report about widespread academic fraud at UNC. 

Steve Delsohn/ESPN

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