Tar Heel Bred Tar Heel Dead

Will be available later tonight/tomorrow morning. Sorry for the delay.

This email has been making the rounds, and it’s pretty amusing. Apparently some members of the Chi O sorority landed three basketball players as dates: Kendall Marshall, John Henson and Harrison Barnes. In order to avoid any potential problems at the dance, one sister took it upon herself to lay out some rules for dealing with famous ballers. Read the hilarious result below: (more…)

Here are some highlights from the annual McDonald’s All American game dunk contest. Carolina recruit P.J. Hairston makes the reel, throwing down a couple of nice windmills. On the downside, you also have to suffer through a bunch of footage of the next Plumlee brother trying to dunk.

And here we have still more evidence that Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Tyler Zeller will come back to school next year. Or should. The DTH spoke to various draft experts, and the consensus seems to be that they’re staying.

Both Smith and DraftExpress.com’s director of scouting Jonathan Givony said they have not heard any real talk of Barnes, John Henson or Tyler Zeller forgoing their collegiate eligibility and going to the NBA.

The article goes on to say (more…)

In an interview with the DTH, Barnes’ mother, Shirley, says she and her son haven’t yet talked about the NBA. But she does mention that her son has some things he’d like to do before he heads to the pros.

A heartbreaking, last-second shot gave Iowa’s Marshalltown the 51-50 win against Barnes-led Ames in the state playoffs when he was a sophomore. The Little Cyclones would go on to win their next 53 straight games and two state titles.

The North Carolina freshman forward said after losing 76-69 to Kentucky on Sunday in the Elite Eight that he felt just like he did three years ago.

“That hurt for three months,” his mom, Shirley Barnes, said on Tuesday. “And that was the last time he lost. He has goals and I think he wants to fulfill those goals.”

So Harrison wants to win a national championship. We’ve heard this before. Barnes is such a competitor that he might not be satisfied with winding up his college career until he’s had his “One Shining Moment.” And after getting so close to the Final Four this year, he can smell a championship. He no doubt knows that if he and everyone else come back next season, Carolina will probably be a preseason #1 and favored to win it all. Barnes is under no financial pressure to start earning millions, and so for now, his decision might simply hinge on what he wants to accomplish in college. Our guess is that he’ll take a page out of Tyler Hansbrough’s playbook and stick around until he’s got a title.

When Larry Drew II left in the dark of night in early February, it left the Heels in a bad spot for the remainder of the year and next year.  How in the world can you pick up a quality point guard this late in the game that you really only need for next year?  For Roy Williams, that’s like counting the pack of toothpicks that just spilled on the floor.  Carolina received a committment today from Stillman White, a 6-1 point guard from Wilmington, NC. Stillman’s plan is to attend UNC next year and then go on his two year Mormon Mission.  Just like Roy pulled Justin Knox out of his hat last year to help in the post, we just got a solid backup point guard out of thin air.  We’ll talk more about Stillman White in a future podcast.  Meanwhile, it’s time for Roy to watch Wopner.

Larry Drew — last seen bolting Chapel Hill under the cover of darkness  hidden in the back of a potato truck — has officially enrolled at UCLA. Here’s the well-scrubbed press release.

“We are very excited about the addition of Larry Drew II to our program,” UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland said. “He is an outstanding player and a really good kid. He is a great person and I think that he will be a great player for the Bruins in his final season of eligibility.”

“It feels great to be back home,” Larry Drew II said. “I had a great learning experience at North Carolina and they taught me a lot. I’m looking forward to getting a fresh start at UCLA and I’m happy to be a Bruin. Next year will give me time to focus on my academics and of course, train with the team.”

Why in the world would UCLA take on this guy? No matter what story Larry fed his new coaches about what went down at Carolina, they have to suspect he has issues or he’s not exactly a team player. And yes, many coaches are willing to take on head cases in exchange for a serious boost in talent to their roster, but Drew has never really shown that he’s anything other than an average Division I guard. Why risk having your team chemistry implode to sign what is basically a solid back-up? Is Howland that desperate to reunite Drew with the Wear Twins? Did they put in a good word for him? This is all very strange. Anyone got any thoughts on this one?

Larry Bird talks Psycho T

March 29, 2011

Dan Patrick has a nice interview with that guy from the McDonald’s commercial in this week’s Sports Illustrated, and the topic of Tyler Hansbrough comes up.

DP:Does Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough have the green light?

LB: [Long pause] Tyler’s got a scorer’s mentality. If he gets it, he’s probably going to shoot it. In college he was an inside player. He still is. But the way the pro game is, he’s out on the wing a lot. He’s really learned how to knock down that 15- to 18-foot jumper. He’s going to be a big scorer in our league.

If nothing else, this shows you how far Tyler has come in the last couple of months. From multiple “DNP – coaches decision,” to being someone a journalist has to ask if he has a green light to shoot any time he wants. Sweet!

As we mentioned in the most recent podcast, our focus has shifted to figuring out who will be back next year.  Who goes?  Who stays? When do they need to decide? What are the latest rumors? Will Leslie really continue to rock the fade? (Wait – we won’t cover that last one)  It’s all here. (more…)

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