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

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.

Via ESPN

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

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. 

Via Steve Delsohn/ESPN

Roy Williams Believes He Belongs Solely As College Coach

Roy Williams has been speculated as a potential candidate for the Los Angeles Lakers' head coaching vacancy, but the UNC head coach did his best to squash the reports.

“I've always felt like that I'm a college coach and that's where I belong,” Williams said. “(Lakers general manager) Mitch Kupchak is one of my best friends in the whole wide world, there's no question there, but I'm a college guy and if somebody calls and offers me the greatest job in the world, it better be really good because I feel like I've got about the greatest job in the world.”

Williams declined to interview for the Lakers' job in 2004.

Via FOX Sports Radio

Lakers Would Like To Interview Roy Williams

The Los Angeles Lakers would like to speak to Roy Williams about their head coaching vacancy.

Williams declined to speak to the Lakers in 2004 one season after he left Kansas for North Carolina.

Williams won the NCAA Championship with the Tar Heels in 2005 and 2009.

Via Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

McAdoo Leaves UNC For NBA Draft

James Michael McAdoo has declared for the 2014 NBA Draft, leaving North Carolina after his junior season.

McAdoo averaged 11.4 points and 5.9 rebounds, including 14.3 points and 7.0 rebounds in two seasons as a starter.

He earned second-team All-ACC honors as a sophomore and junior.

This season, McAdoo averaged 14.2 points and 6.8 boards in leading UNC to a 24-10 record, a tie for third place in the ACC regular-season standings and the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

 "I am thankful to God for the opportunities I have had at Carolina,' says McAdoo. "I am thankful for everything I have been blessed to experience from my relationships with Coach Williams and his staff, to my current and former teammates and to the fact that I am so close to earning my degree from such a great institution. Without a doubt I plan to come back and finish my degree. That is important to me."

Via RealGM Staff Report

Warren, Parker Headline ACC Awards

T.J. Warren has been named ACC Player of the Year by both the coaches and media.

Joining Warren on the All-ACC First Team (media) are Jabari Parker, C.J. Fair, K.J. McDaniels and Marcus Paige. 

On the All-ACC Second Team (media) are Malcolm Brogdon, Tyler Ennis, Rodney Hood, James McAdoo and Lamar Patterson.

Parker also was named ACC Freshman/Rookie of the Year by the media and coaches, while McDaniels received Defensive Player of the Year honors from both voting contingents.

Ennis, Kennedy Meeks, London Perrantes, Devin Wilson joined Parker on both All-Freshman Teams.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Michigan State, UNC, Florida, Texas To Play Three-City Barnstorming Tour In 2018

Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis has devised a four-team barnstorming event that will include three games over an eight-day period.

Michigan State, North Carolina, Florida and Texas have agreed to play three games, one each in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles while traveling together on a single chartered airplane in December of 2018.

Hollis said each of the four teams will get a home game against an opponent to be determined later to make this a four-game event and qualify as a multi-team event.

"So many of these kids know each other from AAU and everything else that we felt this would be a great way to travel," Hollis said. "I worked with (ADs) Steve Patterson at Texas, Jeremy Foley at Florida and Bubba Cunnningham at North Carolina on this. They and the head coaches are all excited about the opportunity for the student-athletes."

Via Andy Katz/ESPN

Legends To Claim P.J. Hairston

The Texas Legends will claim P.J. Hairston off waivers.

North Carolina announced on Dec. 20 that he would not seek reinstatement from the NCAA for Hairston.

Hairston led the Tar Heels in scoring last season as a sophomore with 14.6 points a game and made 89 3-pointers.

The Legends are first on the D-League's waiver list. The Dallas Mavericks own the Legends.

Hairston will not be eligible to play in the NBA this season and can file to join the 2014 NBA Draft.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

North Carolina Won't Seek Reinstatement For P.J. Hairston

North Carolina will not seek reinstatement for P.J. Hariston.

Roy Williams described the decision as "probably the most difficult and saddest thing I've gone through as a head coach."

Hairston and his family released a statement through an attorney Friday afternoon that said UNC's decision did not sit well with them.

"We are displeased with the University of North Carolina's decision not to submit the necessary paperwork to the NCAA requesting to have P.J. reinstated," the statement said. "This process has been long, and for (it) to end without having a final decision from the governing body is a shame. Ultimately this affects P.J., and his eligibility to play Division 1 colligate (sic) basketball for the remainder of this season, as well as next season."

Hairston had been practicing with UNC and has been on the bench for every home game. Williams previously noted he had been "the most dominating player on the perimeter in practice that I've ever coached."

Via C.L. Brown/ESPN

Dante Exum To Visit Indiana, North Carolina, Kentucky, Michigan, Oregon

Dante Exum is widely expected to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft, but he still intends to setup college visits.

Exum will visit Indiana, North Carolina, Kentucky, Michigan and Oregon.

Exum will be one of the top picks should he declare.

Exum is finishing his senior year of high school in Australia.

Via Jeff Goodman/ESPN
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