North Carolina Tar Heels WiretapMarch 2012 North Carolina Tar Heels Wiretap

Barnes, Henson, Marshall Declare For Draft

Mar 29, 2012 4:04 PM

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."

Robbi Pickeral/ESPN

Tags: Harrison Barnes, John Henson, Kendall Marshall, North Carolina Tar Heels, Atlantic Coast Conference, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

McAdoo Expected To Return For Sophomore Season At UNC

Mar 28, 2012 9:17 PM

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.”

Tags: James McAdoo, North Carolina Tar Heels, Atlantic Coast Conference, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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

Mar 28, 2012 10:27 AM

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.

Hearst Communications

Tags: Alex Oriakhi, North Carolina Tar Heels, Duke Blue Devils, Missouri Tigers, Connecticut Huskies, Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12 Conference, American Athletic Conference, NCAA, NCAA Transfer, NCAA Misc Rumor

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

Mar 26, 2012 12:44 PM

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.


Tags: Thomas Robinson, Anthony Davis, Jared Sullinger, Draymond Green, Doug McDermott, Isaiah Canaan, Marcus Denmon, Tyler Zeller, Jae Crowder, Kevin Jones, North Carolina Tar Heels, Kansas Jayhawks, Missouri Tigers, Marquette Golden Eagles, West Virginia Mountaineers, Michigan State Spartans, Ohio State Buckeyes, Creighton Bluejays, Murray State Racers, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NCAA Award

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

Mar 26, 2012 10:10 AM

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.”

Kansas City Star

Tags: Harrison Barnes, John Henson, North Carolina Tar Heels, Kansas Jayhawks, Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12 Conference, NCAA Tournament, NCAA

Marshall Returns To Practice, Will Be Gametime Decision Versus Kansas

Mar 25, 2012 12:19 PM

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?"


Tags: Kendall Marshall, North Carolina Tar Heels, Kansas Jayhawks, Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12 Conference, NCAA Tournament, NCAA, NCAA Injury

Marcus Paige Named Iowa Player Of The Year

Mar 24, 2012 4:25 PM

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.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Marcus Paige, North Carolina Tar Heels, High School, NCAA

Marshall Unlikely To Play Against Ohio

Mar 23, 2012 10:35 AM

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.”

Wilmington Star News

Tags: Kendall Marshall, North Carolina Tar Heels, Atlantic Coast Conference, NCAA Tournament, NCAA, NCAA Injury

Troy Williams Narrows List To Three

Mar 22, 2012 10:29 AM

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.

Louisville Courier Journal

Tags: North Carolina Tar Heels, Georgetown Hoyas, Kentucky Wildcats, Atlantic Coast Conference, American Athletic Conference, Southeastern Conference, High School, High School Recruiting, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting

Marshall Has Cast Removed, Now Wearing Removable Splint

Mar 21, 2012 5:32 PM

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.

Tags: Kendall Marshall, North Carolina Tar Heels, Atlantic Coast Conference, NCAA Tournament, NCAA, NCAA Injury

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.

News & Observer

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. (via USA Today)

Marshall Fractures Bone In Right Wrist
Kendall Marshall's status for the next round of the tournament is unknown.

Will Brinson/CBS Sports (via Twitter)

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.

Burlington Times News

John Henson Will Be Game-Time Decision Against Vermont
John Henson said that his sprained left wrist is slowly improving.

News & Observer

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.

RealGM Staff Report

Kentucky, Syracuse, North Carolina, Michigan State Earn No. 1 Seeds
Kentucky is the top overall seed in the NCAA tournament.

Associated Press

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.

RealGM Staff Report

North Carolina Dominates Duke To Win 2012 ACC Regular Season Title
North Carolina has won its 29th regular season title.

Robbi Pickeral/ESPN

Roy Williams Says UNC Must Defend Duke's Three-Point Attack
Austin Rivers hit six three pointers against North Carlina last month.

Charlotte Observer