Posted on: July 14, 2010 11:03 am
Edited on: July 14, 2010 11:27 am
I don't link stories or blogs here often, but a recent piece John Feinstein did on the declining health of Dean Smith is something not to be missed. So click this link to check it out if you haven't already. But prepare to be saddened because, well, it's just sad.
You likely know by now that the former North Carolina coach is dealing with memory loss.
Nobody has officially called it Alzheimer's, but it sounds like Alzheimer's.
It's such a cruel disease.
I know because one of my great grandmothers dealt with it before she died, and one of my grandmothers is dealing with it now. I barely go see her anymore. Not because I don't want to see her, but because I can't stand to see her this way. Last week she got really upset because she asked my father about her mother. My father, as gently as he could, told my grandmother that her mother was dead, and my grandmother was devastated and angry because she couldn't understand why my father would keep such a thing from her, why he had never told her. She wanted to know when it happened. She wanted to know why he didn't take her to the funeral, at which point my father tried to explain that my great grandmother has been dead 20 years. He told my grandmother that she was actually at the funeral, but that just made things worse. She didn't calm down until doctors gave her medicine to calm down. Soon enough, I'm certain, that entire scene will happen again as if it never happened before. That's the way this disease works. It's impossible to make things make sense.
I've been around cancer.
I've been around diabetes.
I've had family members die from all sorts of things, and they're all terrible. But I've never encountered anything sadder than a person battling memory loss, which is why it was tough to hear recent stories about Coach Smith's health, and why the details in Feinstein's blog made me shake my head. It's clear the years Coach Smith has left are going to be difficult years for him, his family and everybody close to him and his family. Things won't get better. They'll only get worse. It's a cruel existence. Hard and heartbreaking.
Posted on: May 25, 2010 2:15 pm
Edited on: May 25, 2010 2:20 pm
Former North Carolina reserves David and Travis Wear have signed scholarship agreements with UCLA and plan to enroll in the first session of summer school, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported Tuesday.
They will sit out next season per NCAA transfer rules and play for the Bruins in 2011-12.
Both have three years of eligibility remaining.
David Wear averaged 10.5 minutes per game this season at North Carolina while Travis Wear averaged 10.3. Both were McDonald's All-Americans coming out of high school, and they spent a summer playing for a travel team that featured former UCLA standout Jrue Holiday and current Bruins Reeves Nelson and Jerime Anderson.
Posted on: May 24, 2010 11:46 pm
Edited on: May 24, 2010 11:54 pm
Alabama's Justin Knox will transfer to North Carolina and be eligible to play next season if he finishes his undergraduate degree this summer. Upon graduation, the 6-foot-9 forward will need only to select a graduate program at North Carolina not offered at Alabama to gain immediate eligibility in the ACC.
Knox averaged 6.3 points and 3.7 rebounds in 19.8 minutes per game last season.
His presence will be a boost for North Carolina given that the Tar Heels only have two other post players (Tyler Zeller and John Henson) scheduled to be on next season's roster thanks to one player (Ed Davis) leaving school early and two others (David Wear and Travis Wear) choosing to transfer. Knox initially wanted to transfer to UAB, but Alabama would not release the in-state product to the in-state school.
Posted on: May 6, 2010 8:40 am
Edited on: May 6, 2010 8:43 am
Former McDonald's All-Americans David and Travis Wear are transferring from North Carolina and hoping to get their releases "as early as Thursday," the players' father, Dave Wear, told Frank Burlison of the Long Bech Press-Telegram.
"When they return home (to Huntington Beach, Calif.), we will sit down as a family and review their basketball and academic options," said Dave Wear. "... They decided they didn't want to return to North Carolina."
David Wear averaged 10.5 minutes per game this season while Travis Wear averaged 10.3.
The departures leave UNC with just two experienced players who are taller than 6-feet-4 (Tyler Zeller and Jon Henson) on next season's roster. The Tar Heels' three-player recruiting class does not include any power forwards or centers.
Posted on: May 4, 2010 10:54 am
Edited on: May 4, 2010 10:54 am
Scout.com and Rivals.com have both finalized their Class of 2010 rankings.
Harrison Barnes tops Scout.com's list.
Josh Selby tops Rivals.com's list.
I'll go with Barnes because he's the total package -- a high-level talent and high-quality young man. There's about a 0.01 percent chance he won't be a successful college and NBA player. Or a Senator. Or President. Or something similarly awesome. I'm not exaggerating when I tell you Barnes might be the single most impressive high school kid I've ever met. He deserves whatever he gets in life, including the No. 1 overall ranking in his class.
Anyway, here's the Top 10 for each:
----- Scout.com's final Class of 2010 rankings -----
Posted on: April 12, 2010 3:34 pm
North Carolina sophomore Ed Davis announced Monday that he willl enter the NBA Draft.
"I've had two great years at North Carolina, both as a player and a student, and now I want to pursue my lifelong dream of playing in the NBA," Davis said. "I love being a Tar Heel and am proud to know that I will always be part of this unique family. I want to thank Coach [Roy] Williams for giving me the opportunity to play for Carolina. My coaches and teammates have helped me develop as a player and a person and I will miss helping them get the Tar Heel program back on top."
Davis is a likely lottery pick despite breaking his left wrist this season.
He averaged 13.4 points and 9.6 rebounds this season.
Posted on: April 8, 2010 10:56 am
Edited on: April 9, 2010 7:02 pm
Austin Rivers finally decided to stop trying to keep the worst-kept secret in college basketball recruiting.
The Class of 2011 star acknowledged Thursday morning that he's no longer committed to Florida.
"I have reopened my recruitment ...," Rivers told Scout.com. "I have decommitted [from] Florida at this time. I still really like them, but I need to go ahead and reopen things right now."
Speculation about Rivers decommitting from Florida began last July and intensified when he subsequently visited Duke's campus. MaxPreps.com rates the 6-foot-4 guard -- who is the son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers -- as the third-best prospect in the Class of 2011. Rivers told Scout.com he's now considering Duke, Florida and North Carolina, but that he "may open it up a little more later on."
This development leaves Florida with just one commitment for the Class of 2011 -- Brad Beal.
Max Preps.com rates Beal as the nation's fourth-best prospect, one spot behind Rivers.
Posted on: February 12, 2010 11:19 am
North Carolina sophomore Ed Davis has a broken bone in his left wrist and will be sidelined at least six weeks, the school announced Friday morning. Considering six weeks from today is March 26, Davis is almost certainly done for the season.
“We’re all extremely disappointed for Ed and for our entire team,” said North Carolina coach Roy Williams. “It’s hard to lose any starter, but when you lose someone likely for the rest of the season who does so many different things for your team it’s a significant loss. He’s our second-leading scorer, top rebounder, shot blocker and field goal percentage shooter, so it’s a huge blow to our team. However, we have to band together and try to overcome this latest adversity caused by injury.”
Davis broke the lunate bone in his left wrist when he fell with 9:16 remaining in Wednesday's loss to Duke. Surgery is not planned at this time, according to North Carolina officials. It's unclear how this will affect Davis' future. He's long been a projected lottery pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, assuming he enters the 2010 NBA Draft.
Davis was averaging 13.4 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.
North Carolina (13-11, 2-7 in the ACC) plays N.C. State on Saturday.