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Barnes, Henson, Marshall Declare For Draft

Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Kendall Marshall will enter the 2012 NBA Draft, leaving North Carolina without their three top underclassmen for the 12-13 season.

"It's a great day for three youngsters who are taking another step toward their ultimate goal of playing professional basketball," coach Roy Williams said in a statement. "On a very small stage, it's a sad day for me because I won't get to coach them again. All Tar Heel fans will miss them greatly, as well."

Via Robbi Pickeral/ESPN

McAdoo Expected To Return For Sophomore Season At UNC

James Michael McAdoo will likely return to North Carolina for his sophomore season, his father, Ronnie, confirmed.

“He’s coming home this weekend, and we’ll talk about the pros and cons; he’ll weigh the decision,’’ the elder McAdoo said Tuesday. “But right now, his mother and I expect to see him in a Tar Heel uniform again next season."

McAdoo scored at least 14 points in three of UNC's seven postseason games after reaching double figures three times in the regular season.

“He really did play well at the end of the year … as he grew more and more comfortable playing with his teammates, and they grew comfortable playing with him,’’ Ronnie McAdoo said. “…But to be honest, you haven’t seen what James Michael can really do yet. Here’s a kid that can put the ball on the floor, finish with dunks, alley oops, shake the 3. … I think we’ll see more and more of that.”

Via ESPN.com

Oriakhi Granted Official Release From UConn; UNC, Missouri, Duke Show Interest

Alex Oriakhi received his official release from UConn, which means he can begin talking to prospective schools.

North Carolina, Missouri and Duke are among the teams that have reached out to Oriakhi, who averaged a career-low 21.5 minutes and 4.8 rebounds per game as a junior.

He will not consider Duke, according to a source.

Via Hearst Communications

Robinson, Davis, Sullinger, Green, McDermott Named To AP All-America Team

Thomas Robinson, Anthony Davis, Jared Sullinger, Draymond Green and Doug McDermott have been named to the 11-12 AP All-America First Team.

Robinson was a unanimous selection, the first player to receive that distinction since Blake Griffin in 2009.

"It's a blessing to be named even in the same category as Blake Griffin," Robinson said. "For that to happen, I'm glad all the hard work is paying off.

On the Second Team are Isaiah Canaan of Murray State, Marcus Denmon of Missouri, Tyler Zeller of North Carolina, Jae Crowder of Marquette and Kevin Jones of West Virginia.

Via ESPN

Tar Heels Flummoxed By KU's Triangle-And-Two Defense

Kansas shifted into a triangle-and-two defense near the 8-minute mark of its 80-67 Midwest Regional final win over the Tar Heels.

“Everywhere you went, there was help defense right there and ready,” Harrison Barnes said. “I remember the one time: I caught it on the left wing, pump fake, Travis Releford goes in the air. I take one dribble and Elijah Johnson or Tyshawn Taylor is right there.”

North Carolina went scoreless over the final five minutes as the Jayhawks ended the game on 12-0 run.

“I don’t know what they were playing,” said John Henson, who had just four of his 10 points after halftime. “But they sagged the big man into the lane. And I think that really disoriented our offense.”

Barnes indicated that the North Carolina players didn’t know that the triangle-and-two scheme was part of Kansas’ defense repertoire.

“They haven’t done it in the past,” said Barnes, who finished with 13 points while missing all five of his three-point attempts. “But they tried it out against us.”

Via Kansas City Star

Marshall Returns To Practice, Will Be Gametime Decision Versus Kansas

Kendall Marshall participated in non-contact portions of practice for the first time since having surgery Monday to insert a screw in his wrist.

"The first two times we went up the court, doing the warm-up drill, I was going as fast as I could," Marshall said. "I was out of breath, and I was, like, 'I've got to slow down. We've still got a full practice ahead of us.' Sitting down for six days straight, not being able to do anything, that's been frustrating. It felt good just to get out there and move around.

"I definitely felt the pain, but there's going to be pain there for the next six weeks. It's just a matter of how much I can take."

Mashall’s status will be determined after the Tar Heels’ pregame shootaround on Sunday.

"Now," Roy Williams said, "we want to see if it bothers him or if it pains him or if it swells up or if his toes curls or whatever happens next. And then tomorrow at (the) shoot-around, we'll try to probably do the same thing.

"And then, there's two things that have to happen. One, he has to feel comfortable that he's not hurting. And then two, I have to decide: Can he be effective in the game with his situation?"

Via USA TODAY

Marcus Paige Named Iowa Player Of The Year

Marcus Paige has been named the 11-12 Gatorade Iowa Basketball Player of the Year.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound senior point guard averaged 28.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.7 steals per game this past season, leading Linn-Mar (20-5) to the Class 4A semifinals. 

Paige has maintained a 4.07 GPA in the classroom. 

Paige will attend North Carolina this fall.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Marshall Unlikely To Play Against Ohio

Roy Williams sounded doubtful about Kendall Marshall’s status for the Tar Heels in Friday’s NCAA Midwest Region semifinal against Ohio.

“If he comes into my room tomorrow and says ‘My wrist feels great’ drops down to the floor and does 10 right-handed pushups, then I’ll say I’ll probably play his rear end,” Williams said Thursday. “But I don’t expect that to happen. I mean, the guy can’t brush his teeth right now.”

Marshall hasn’t practiced since Sunday, when he broke the scaphoid bone in his non-shooting wrist during North Carolina’s win over Creighton.

“The bottom line is he has not participated in one play since last Sunday when I took him out of the (Creighton) game,” Williams said. “He has not guarded one possession, he’s not passed one ball, he’s not shot one ball. And yet, there are people that say he can play.

“But there’s only five people that are going to make this decision – first, Kendall, second and third his mom and dad, fourth would be the doctors and the fifth would be me. It’s going to have to be unanimous, and I just don’t see that happening.”

Via Wilmington Star News

Troy Williams Narrows List To Three

Troy Williams has cut his list of possible college destinations to North Carolina, Georgetown, and Kentucky.

Williams, a 6-foot-6 small forward, is considered one of the top-10 prospects in the class of 2013.

He attends Hampton, Va., Phoebus High School.

Via Louisville Courier Journal

Marshall Has Cast Removed, Now Wearing Removable Splint

Kendall Marshall had the cast removed from his injured right wrist and is now wearing a removable splint, according to the player's father.

"All I know is he got it off this morning. Swelling is down, incision looks good," Dennis Marshall said.

Roy Williams hasn’t ruled Marshall out for the Tar Heels’ semifinal game against Ohio on Friday.

"If he comes running in here now and says, 'God, I can play!', I'll say, 'Well, let's talk about it,' " Williams said.

Via ESPN.com

North Carolina Tar Heels Archives

Tar Heels Preparing To Play Without Marshall

Roy Williams doesn’t expect to have Kendall Marshall in the lineup against Ohio.

Williams Doubts Marshall Will Play Against Ohio

Roy Williams doubts Kendall Marshall will be ready to play in the round of 16 against Ohio on Friday.

Marshall Recovering From Surgery, Playing Status 'Questionable'

Kendall Marshall is questionable for North Carolina’s regional semifinal against Ohio on Friday.

Report: Kendall Marshall To Have Surgery On Broken Wrist

Kendall Marshall is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair a broken scaphoid bone in his right wrist.

Marshall Fractures Bone In Right Wrist

Kendall Marshall's status for the next round of the tournament is unknown.

James McAdoo Gaining Confidence, Excited About Future Development

James Michael McAdoo was tagged as a potential one-and-done lottery pick in this year’s draft.

John Henson Will Be Game-Time Decision Against Vermont

John Henson said that his sprained left wrist is slowly improving.

Nerlens Noel Set For Official Visit To North Carolina

Nerlens Noel will make an official visit to North Carolina next week.

John Henson Day-To-Day With Sprained Wrist

John Henson is dealing with a sprained left wrist and did not practice Monday.

Florida State Upsets North Carolina To Win 2012 ACC Tournament

The Seminoles defeated North Carolina and Duke by three points apiece on successive days.

Kentucky, Syracuse, North Carolina, Michigan State Earn No. 1 Seeds

Kentucky is the top overall seed in the NCAA tournament.

Nerlens Noel Set To Visit Georgetown, North Carolina

Nerlens Noel will visit Georgetown next week and is planning to travel to North Carolina sometime later this month.

North Carolina Sends Three To All-ACC First Team

Tyler Zeller, John Henson and Harrison Barnes headline the All-ACC First Team and are joined by Duke's Austin Rivers and Virginia's Mike Scott.

North Carolina Dominates Duke To Win 2012 ACC Regular Season Title

North Carolina has won its 29th regular season title.

Roy Williams Says UNC Must Defend Duke's Three-Point Attack

Austin Rivers hit six three pointers against North Carlina last month.
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