Howell, UNC provide glimpse of why expectations are so high

By R.L. Bynum On a rainy, messy spring day at Kenan Stadium, fans got a glimpse of Carolina’s Heisman Trophy candidate and a look at other key elements that will make the Tar Heels a highly ranked team next season. Sam Howell connected on 6 of 10 passes for 118 yards and one touchdown and …

Tar Heels in NBA: White explains his improved overall play after a turnover-free 18-point game

By R.L. Bynum Returning to the starting lineup seems to have been the change that turned around Coby White’s second season in the NBA. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aB0sJsnJIE&ab_channel=NBAMotion It’s also worked out decently for the Chicago Bulls even though they have been playing without leading scorer Zach LaVine, who has been out under the league’s health and safety …

Tar Heels in NBA: Big scoring games from Barnes, Bullock and Green; another efficient game for White

By R.L. Bynum On a busy Wednesday for Tar Heels that included Justin Jackson finding a new NBA home, six scored in double figures, led by Harrison Barnes’ 22 points in Sacramento’s 128–125 home victory over Minnesota. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8q5p8dzHo8&ab_channel=NFHBall Jackson signed a two-way contract with Milwaukee and could make his Bucks debut Thursday at 7 p.m. …

Justin Jackson signs with Milwaukee

By R.L. Bynum The Milwaukee Bucks have signed Justin Jackson to a two-way roster spot. Jackson, in his fourth NBA season, averaged 7.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 33 games for the Oklahoma City Thunder before being released April 5. https://twitter.com/JJacks_44/status/1385030489984147463 Jackson fills the slot left when former Virginia star Mamadi Diakite’s two-way …

Tar Heels in NBA: Bullock ‘on a roll,’ has another terrific game in Knicks’ 7th consecutive victory

By R.L. Bynum Reggie Bullock keeps on playing well and all the New York Knicks can do is win. Bullock contributed 16 points, five 3-pointers, four rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block as the Knicks earned a 109–97 home victory Tuesday night over the Charlotte Hornets for their seventh consecutive victory. The Madison …

Tar Heels in NBA: Text from brother helps ignite second half for White in win at Boston

By R.L. Bynum After he scored only three points on 1 of 7 shooting and his Chicago Bulls trailing at Boston by six at halftime, Coby White turned things around in the second half. White scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half and finished with three rebounds and seven assists against only …

Tar Heels in NBA: Bullock’s clutch 3-pointer forces OT as surging Knicks win; Barnes scores 24; Anthony dishes out 9 assists

By R.L. Bynum Reggie Bullock came through in the clutch for New York to help the Knicks win their sixth consecutive game. https://twitter.com/i/status/1383871818612629507 Bullock sent the game into overtime on a 23-foot 3-pointer from the left corner with 2.3 seconds left in regulation, then made a 26-foot 3-pointer midway through overtime as New York earned …

Tar Heels in NBA: White, Anthony each return to starting lineups, have big games

By R.L. Bynum After 15 games coming off the Chicago Bulls’ bench, the misfortune of two teammates gave Coby White a chance to prove that he deserves more playing time. He took full advantage of his chance. Starting for the first time since March 12, White collected 27 points, five rebounds, seven assists and only …

Stretch-four forward Manek transferring to UNC

By R.L. Bynum Hubert Davis dipped in the transfer portal again on Friday, luring Oklahoma forward Brady Manek, a former four-star recruit, to Carolina. Manek, who entered the transfer portal on April 2, announced his decision on Twitter Friday afternoon. https://twitter.com/BradyManek/status/1383141372887113730 The 6–foot–8 stretch-four forward will be a graduate transfer with one year of eligibility …

Sparks pick Watts No. 10 overall in first round of the WNBA draft

By R.L. Bynum After one season back in Chapel Hill, it’s a return to Los Angeles for Stephanie Watts after she became the 21st player in Carolina history to be picked in the WNBA draft and the ninth to go in the first round. The 5–11 guard became only the second Carolina player to be …