The current Tar Heels hoops squad has no problem dominating their fellow students, but when it comes to pros, the story is a little different. Word from the annual Smith Center pick-up games pitting the current squad against former Heels (many of them now playing professionally overseas or in the NBA) is that the pros haven’t lost a step in their older age. In fact, the wily vets are handily dispatching the young bucks in the majority of the contests.
Not that this is a bad thing, necessarily.
Three times a week this summer, former North Carolina greats like Sean May, Raymond Felton, Marvin Williams and Shammond Williams roughed up the current Tar Heels in spirited five-on-five pickup games at the Smith Center.
One of the few times the youngsters left with bragging rights was the day in late July that they won five of seven games. The pros endured some friendly trash talk before delivering a swift dose of humility, sweeping seven straight games the next day and then winning seven of eight the following evening.
“It keeps us humble,” sophomore point guard Kendall Marshall said. “If all we saw were the rankings that had us preseason No. 1, we might have slacked a little bit, but having the pros here keeps us working hard. When we have players like that beating up on us constantly, it makes us realize we do have things we have to get better at.”