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  • hiphopobserver 10:13 pm on November 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Tyler Zeller UNC’s Best Player? 

    This was on Seth Davis’ Hoop Thoughts today:

    Someone who should know told me recently that Tyler Zeller was North Carolina’s best player. Just sayin’.

    Any thought on who it is? I feel like if he didn’t name names it has to be a member of the coaching staff. You know, Roy Williams. Don’t know though. Tyler has definitely proven himself to be an asset off the bench but best player? Don’t know. What I do know is having him as our sixth man makes such a difference. I like him better there than a starter. Not that there’s room for him.

    Other thing I noticed and thought was interesting was the comment made by Roy in the Truths and Rumors section. Roy said Harrison Barnes was the toughest recruit he ever landed. “I told him I recruited him harder than any player I’ve coached,” Williams said. “I always felt Raef (LaFrentz) was the toughest, but now it’s Harrison.”

    I forget Raef was once highly sought after. But 16 months by Roy just on Harrison is amazing. And such a blow to Coach K.

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  • RBarry 6:17 pm on November 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Barnes Burns Duke, Signs with Carolina 

    Christmas has come early for the Heels.  This afternoon, top rated prospect Harrison Barnes selected UNC over Oklahoma, UCLA, Iowa State, Kansas and most notably, Duke.  Landing Barnes makes Carolina’s Class of 2010 one of the best in the country.  He will join PG Kendall Marshall and SG Reggie Bullock on a team that should undoubtedly challenge for the 2011 National Title.

    Barnes announced his decision in an unusual fashion-Skyping Coach Williams to inform him of his intent to play for the Heels.  I am rather impressed with Roy’s technical savvy.  As Coach would say himself, he has had the same putter and wife for the past 30 years.

    As for Duke, this is yet another blow to Coach K’s recruiting prowess.  Roy has outmaneuvered Coach K for other prized recruits in the recent past (Brandan Wright), and Barnes’s decision solidifies Williams as the top recruiter (and coach) on Tobacco Road.  All this should make for an interesting trip to Cameron for Mr. Barnes in February of 2011.

    Now, time for a victory cigar.

     
    • English Drama 6:57 pm on November 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      RBarry, a new addition to The Rafters?

      Look out Chapel Hill, Harrison Barnes is coming to town

      *puts on sunglasses*

      things should be heating up, no winter this year.

    • vucceewly 1:01 am on November 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey there everyone i was just introduceing myself here im a first time visitor who hopes to become a daily reader!

  • hiphopobserver 5:26 pm on November 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Harrison Barnes signs with UNC 

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    Your newest Tar Heel, Harrison Barnes.

     
    • gonzologist 5:40 pm on November 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      “Victory!”
      -Johnny Chase

      • shwineka 5:42 pm on November 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’m getting beers. now.

  • shwineka 12:41 am on November 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    If Harrison Barnes Goes to UNC…. 

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    Now — while there’s still hours before we know where he’s headed — it’s still reasonable to think about what it would be like if Harrison Barnes comes to UNC.

    Oh, how glorious.

    Starting Line-up assuming Ed Davis leaves for the NBA

    PG – Larry Drew II
    SG – Dexter Strickland
    SF – Harrison Barnes
    PF – John Henson
    C – Tyler Zeller

    Now, realizing that Henson could be gone as well. That would likely put one of the Wear twins in the power forward position. Regardless, Carolina would play big, and play fast. Add to that the fact that UNC would  have blue chippers Kendall Marshall as a backup point guard, and Reggie Bullock at small forward shooting guard coming in as freshmen, and you’ve got a lot of talent. Marshall is high-profile enough that he might challenge for a starting spot. Plus Will Graves, Leslie McDonald and Justin Watts would be getting minutes and that’s a 12-man rotation. Talk about deep. This team would no doubt challenge for a national championship.

    And after Tyler Hansbrough stayed for four years, it can’t be helped to ask: What if Ed Davis stays?

    Think about that, Harrison. Think about it.

     
  • hiphopobserver 10:56 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Reggie Bullock and Kendall Marshall sign with UNC 

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    Bullock and Marshall officially signed with the Tar Heels today. We all knew this was coming,  but now it’s official. Here’s what Coach Roy said about the two recruits.

    On Kinston, NC signee Bullock:

    “Reggie is a wonderful prospect as a perimeter player. At six feet, seven inches tall, he has the ability to handle the ball and be a fantastic shooter. He is also a good defensive player. He’s the kind of young man whom everyone will enjoy watching.”

    On Arlington, VA signee Marshall:

    “Kendall is a true point guard. He’s a Lenny Wilkens type player – very clever with the ball. I love his unselfishness. Everyone who has played with him wants to be his teammate again. He’s a thinking man’s point guard who will fit in well with the way we play.”

    Bullock is a 6’6″ wing type player. Kendall is 6’4″ and plays at the same school, Bishop O’Connell High School, and has the same coach, Joe Wootten, that Marcus Ginyard did.

    From Scout.com

     
  • shwineka 1:22 pm on November 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Harrison Barnes Still Undecided 

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    Apparently as of yesterday, Harrison Barnes was still undecided as to which college he will attend next year. The No. 1 recruit in the class of 2010 even said that all six schools on his short list (North Carolina, Duke, Kansas, Iowa State, UCLA and Oklahoma) were still in the running, giving his hometown Iowa State a fading bright spot.

    I don’t buy that. It’s been pretty well-documented that Barnes is likely down to two schools in the Research Triangle Area. What’s that, Kansas and Oklahoma? Never heard of the Triangle? That’s OK, it’s an area right on the border of YOUR two states. Promise.

    If he’s still undecided, which might not be true if he’s just being PC, I’m obviously hoping he’s leaning heavily in the direction of Chapel Hill. His arrival on either campus could have national championship implications in 2011, and I don’t know if my brain could handle another one in Durham.

    Let’s hope this Friday the 13th is our lucky charm.

     
    • hiphopobserver 2:08 pm on November 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Barnes will be announcing his decision live on ESPNU Friday at 4 pm – http://blogs.newsobserver.com/accnow/tv-for-barnes-announcement

      • shwineka 2:16 pm on November 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I believe that’s 4 p.m. Central, 5 p.m. Eastern for us folks in ACC country

        • gonzologist 3:50 pm on November 10, 2009 Permalink

          I’ve seen on several sources that the announcement is coming at 3:10 pm on Friday, which would be 4pm on the east coast. Also, the announcement has been opened up to the public, which some people are reading as an indication that he’s staying in Iowa, as ESPNU wouldn’t want to broadcast a bunch of people booing Barnes decision to come to UNC, baby! I don’t know if I would read that far into it, and I’ll be tuned in for sure.

        • shwineka 3:53 pm on November 10, 2009 Permalink

          Confirmed. I’ve now seen East Coast papers say 4 p.m., whereas before I was reading an Iowa paper that said “starting at 3:10” and assumed it would be at 4 Central.

          Opening to the public because he’s staying home? That does seem possible. Honestly though, as long as it’s not Duke, I’m cool with it.

  • shwineka 5:08 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Harrison Barnes Will Announce School Choice 

    The waiting is almost over.

    The No. 1 recruit in the class of 2010, Harrison Barnes, will make his choice of college — or “university of the people,” whichever — public next week. Hopefully his “public” decision will be the “public” choice. It’s been pretty well documented that his two leading contenders are UNC and Duke.

    In my opinion, Barnes is the quintessential Carolina kid. He  maintains a good GPA and is ultra-talented. He seems grounded (He kept Iowa in his top schools with the likes of UNC, Duke, Kansas, Oklahoma to be close to home), which is a great reason to join the Carolina basketball family. He wants to play in the NBA, but he recognizes the importance of an education, and may not necessarily leave after one year — though this kid is definitely of the breed that could and might.

    The downside to being a perfect fit for Carolina? That kind of fit is pretty good for Duke as well: good school, family-ish (clique-ish?) with a tight community surrounding the basketball program.

    According to the blog linked above, his announcement will be live on ESPN. (Commence biting nails)

     

     
  • shwineka 4:36 pm on October 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    UNC, Duke Tie for preseason No. 1 ACC ranking; Duke inks PG 

     

    Late with posting both of these – apologies – but it’s only fitting that in the 41-year history of preseason ACC rankings, UNC and Duke would be the first to tie for the top spot. What’s disturbing is that Duke garnered more first place votes, yet tied when it came down to total points. I know they just signed Kyrie Irving and all, but c’mon, he’s not playing this year.

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    Actually what’s striking to me is that both of these teams are at the top with huge expectations of their current freshmen. Granted UNC has arguably the best recruiting class in the country (some weird folks might argue Kentucky), they has very little experience. Duke has a 17-year-old point guard who should be good, and Mason Plumlee, the supposedly more talented Plumlee brother.

    Side thought: Wouldn’t it be great if the Wears vs. the Plumlees became a big rivalry over the next three years?

    Anyway, both teams will be shorthanded in the backcourt. It’s my suspicion that Andre Dawkins (the young PG) will get a lot of time at the position, even after John Scheyer ended up playing the spot for them a lot last year. That puts a freshman PG in the mix for Duke, never a good thing in the ACC. Usually, if a PG does relatively well as a freshmen in this league, then we all knew about him well before he sets foot on the court. This is not exactly true in this case, considering Dawkins rushed to graduate early after Elliot Williams transferred. Man. How much of a factor do you think Coach K was in getting that to happen?

    The Heels will have sophomore Larry Drew II, who saw some regular, though limited, minutes backing up Ty Lawson, and freshman Dexter Strickland. Strickland is ranked higher than Dawkins as far as I know, and is actually a more natural two guard.

    Between Dawkins and Strickland, it’s probably a toss-up. I don’t like putting tons of merit into unproven freshmen, so let’s just say they cancel each other out. After that we have a Drew II vs. Scheyer match-up at point. I might actually give the nod to Scheyer, who started more games and generally played a bigger role as a PG, though I think Drew II has more upside.

    Regardless, there are a lot of question marks on the top two preseason teams in the ACC. Are these indicators it might be a down year for the league? Tough to tell. After a few months it will be more evident which conferences are the best. The Big 10 looks strangely good this year, but I digress. The best conference argument must be later by necessity. Now’s time to get ready for Thursday night football.

     

    Go Heels!

     
  • shwineka 12:29 pm on October 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    SI’s Power Rankings 

    Sports Illustrated writer Luke Winn posted his first version of Power Rankings for the coming season last week. I’d have liked to have seen a little more analysis of the Heels than he included. Half of his post, which he admits, is just plugging the SI commemorative for 100 years of UNC basketball, (which I will be buying, but that’s not the point) and the other half is about the current recruiting battle with Duke over Harrison Barnes. Winn is usually more on his game, so I’m gonna chalk this up to preseason malaise.

    The best UNC part of the rankings is in the entry about Kansas. It states that KU’s current situation is similar to UNC’s in ’05, bringing in a major recruit to a veteran team a la the Marvin Williams effect.

    Whether Xavier Henry is the next Marvin remains to be seen. We’ll know for sure when he hits a last minute jumper to win over KU’s arch rival, Missouri. Wow, that sounds as exciting as UNC-Duke doesn’t it?

    Read it if you want, preseason rankings are hit or miss anyway, but if you want to know what it says in a nutshell, it’s: “Buy the SI commemorative issue. College teams wore funny uniforms in the past. Ed Davis name drop. Harrison Barnes is a big-time recruit!”

     
  • shwineka 9:24 pm on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Harrison Barnes Blogs UNC Visit 

    So yeah, today is the first day of the blog and I should probably be talking about Late Night with Roy, but I live in D.C. and it’s kinda hard. So I’m gonna post about Harrison Barnes’ UNC visit. Which he recently blogged about. My thoughts……

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    Seriously!?! How can this kid not pick UNC? He visited during alumni weekend, when all the former greats were either on hand and playing or in attendance. I guess it’s a little slanted, because I’ve always looked up to the UNC greats and worshipped them since I was about eight years old, BUT c’mon! Jordan, Dean Smith, Larry Brown, Jamison, Carter, I’m not continuing. Harrison Barnes. COME TO UNC. You will not regret it. McCorkle Place is beautiful in the Spring time. The Pit will provide you with hours of people watching. Just do it. Just……do…….it, an appropriate slogan as the UNC team wears Jordan Brand.

    Whatever, it’s up to you. I’m just saying.

     
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