Tar Heels in Summer League: Jackson shows he belongs in NBA with big game; Sharpe plays well

It’s hard to understand why Justin Jackson wasn’t able to get more than a 10-day contract in the NBA contract last season. All Jackson can do to change that is to take advantage of his opportunities to show what he can do, and he did that Tuesday night. Jackson started and scored a team-high 24 points and five 3-pointers to help the Boston Celtics’ Summer League team hold off a big Golden State rally for a 103–92 victory in Las Vegas. Jackson, who pulled down three rebounds, scored 11 points in the first quarter.More

UNC takeover day on ACCN showcases men’s hoops win at Duke, 9 other victories in 8 other sports

When it’s UNC’s turn during ACC Network School Takeovers on Tuesday, you’ll see 10 memorable victories in nine sports from the last school year that aired on an ESPN channel. You won’t see the Tar Heels’ Final Four victory over Duke because that aired on TBS, but you’ll get a chance to relive their 94–81 victory in Durham to ruin Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s last home game (6 p.m.), a softball no-hitter, an amazing football comeback and three ACC Tournament championship wins.More

When and where to watch Manek, Brooks, Sharpe in NBA Summer League

Brady Manek makes his professional basketball debut Friday in the NBA’s 11-day Las Vegas Summer League that begins Thursday. Manek and Day’Ron Sharpe are the only Tar Heels who will play in the league. Each NBA team has representation and will play five games between Thursday and July 16, and every game will be televised.More

Justin Jackson scores 26, helps U.S. advance

By R.L. Bynum Justin Jackson was feeling the patriotism as he helped the United States World Cup Qualifying Team advance to the second round of the Americas Qualifiers with an 87–64 Fourth of July victory in Havana over host Cuba. Jackson, 27, followed up a record 26-point game in an 83–75 Saturday win against Puerto…More

UNC to face Indiana in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

North Carolina men’s basketball will play Indiana next season in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and, for the fourth time in five Challenge meetings, the game will be played in Bloomington, Ind. ESPN announced the Challenge matchups on Friday. The Carolina-Indiana game will be played Thursday, Nov. 30, no doubt at either 9 p.m. or 9:30, although the times weren’t announced. The game will air either on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.More

Versatile power forward Nance will transfer to Carolina

The commitment comes two months later than North Carolina got a key transfer in the last offseason. But the Tar Heels hope that Pete Nance can have the same sort of impact Brady Manek did when he transferred from Oklahoma. Nance’s 3-point shooting percentage last season was better than Manek’s. Nance, the son of former Clemson and NBA star Larry Nance Sr. who played four seasons at Northwestern, will transfer to transfer to UNC after visiting Chapel Hill last week. He announced the news on his Twitter account.More

UNC men’s basketball will twice play 4 of the top 5 other ACC teams from last season

The ACC hasn’t yet released the men’s basketball schedule for next season but the league announced on Wednesday the league opponents for each conference school for the next three seasons. UNC next season will face four of the top five other teams in last season’s ACC standings twice in the Blue Devils, Irish, Deacons and Cavaliers. The Tar Heels meet two of the bottom three teams in the Wolfpack and the Panthers. More

Davis wants to play deeper rotation but says players will determine that

CHAPEL HILL — One of the big contrasts between Roy Williams and Hubert Davis was how they handled their rotations. Williams would always play lots of players early in the season and trim his rotation as Carolina got into the bulk of the ACC season. In his first season as head coach, Davis didn’t do that, and stuck to a tight rotation most of the season. Don’t mistake how Davis allocated playing time during his first season as his preference, though. And he says that’s not his decision.More