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2011-12 Men’s BasketBall RosteR
No. Plyr Yr Pos. Hgh
1 Dexter Strickland JR G 6’ 3”2 Leslie McDonald JR G 6’ 5”4 Luke Davis SO G 6’ 0”5 Kendall Marshall SO G 6’ 4”11 Stilman White FR G 6’ 0”14 Desmond Hubert FR F 6’ 9.5”15 P. J. Hairston FR G 6’ 5.5”21 Jackson Simmons FR F 6’ 7”22 David Dupont SR F 6’ 5”24 Justin Watts SR G 6’ 5”30 Patrick Crouch SR G 5’ 11”31 John Henson JR F 6’11”34 Stewart Cooper SR F 6’ 5”35 Reggie Bullock SO G 6’ 7”40 Harrison Barnes SO F 6’ 8”43 James Michael McAdoo FR F 6’ 9”44 Tyler Zeller SR F 7’ 0”
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Date time OPPONeNt tv
Fri. Oct. 28 7:30 p.m. vs. UNC Pebroke (Exhibition)Fri. Nov. 11 7 p.m. vs. Michigan State ESPNSun. Nov. 13 4 p.m. at UNC-Asheville ESPNUSun. Nov. 20 2 p.m. vs. Mississippi Valley State RSNTues. Nov. 22 7:30 p.m. vs. Tennessee State ESPN3Fri. Nov. 25 10 p.m. vs. South Carolina (Las Vegas) ESPN2Sat. Nov. 26 10:30 p.m. vs. USC or UNLV (Las Vegas) ESPN2Wed. Nov. 30 9:30 p.m. vs. Wisconsin (ACC/Big Ten) ESPNSat. Dec. 3 Noon at Kentucky CBSTue. Dec. 6 7 p.m. vs Evansville ESPNUSat. Dec 10 7 p.m. vs. Long Beach State ESPN3Sat. Dec. 17 6 p.m. vs. Appalachian State ESPNUMon. Dec. 19 7 p.m. vs. Nicholls ESPNUWed. Dec. 21 7 p.m. vs. Texas ESPN2Thur. Dec. 29 7 p.m. vs. Elon ESPNUSun. Jan. 1 3 p.m vs. Monmouth ESPNUSat. Jan 7 2:30 p.m. vs. Boston College ACCTue. Jan. 10 9 p.m. vs. Miami ACCSat. Jan. 14 2 p.m. at Florida State ESPNThur. Jan. 19 9 p.m. at Virginia Tech ESPN/ESPN2Thur. Jan. 26 7 p.m. vs. N.C. State ESPN/ESPN2Sun. Jan. 29 6 p.m. vs. Georgia Tech ESPNUTue. Jan. 31 9 p.m. at Wake Forest ESPNUSat. Feb. 4 4 p.m. at Maryland ESPN/ESPN2Wed. Feb. 8 9 p.m. vs. Duke ACC/ESPNSat. Feb. 11 1 p.m. vs. Virginia ACCWed. Feb. 15 7 p.m. at Miami ESPN/ESPN2Sat. Feb. 18 4 p.m. vs. Clemson ESPN/ESPN2Tue. Feb. 21 8 p.m. at N.C. State ACCSat. Feb. 25 4 p.m. at Virginia ESPN/ESPN2Wed. Feb. 29 7 p.m. vs. Maryland ESPN/ESPN2Sat. Mar. 3 7 p.m. at Duke ESPN
2011-12 Men’s BasketBall schedule
Experienced frontcourt returns for UNC
By Kevin Minogue
For a team many have dubbedthe unquestioned favorite to cutdown the nets in New Orleans this April, the North Carolina men’s basketball team sure has had toproduce a bevy of answers duringthe preseason media frenzy.Many folks have wonderedabout Harrison Barnes’ offensiveefficiency. Others have ques-tioned how the Tar Heels plan tothreaten from beyond the 3-pointarc with Leslie McDonald side-lined for the forseeable future.Still more have expressed doubtsabout Kendall Marshall’s ability to withstand an entire season asUNC’s only experienced pointguard.But few, if any, have had muchto ask of the Tar Heels’ biggestmen. And after the fashion in which John Henson and TylerZeller finished last season, itseems there is little doubt as to what the pair can produce downlow in the 2011-12 campaign.In the final half of the 2010-11season, Henson and Zeller pro-duced rebounds and points withalarming consistency. Duringthe course of the last 16 games,Henson recorded 10 or morerebounds 15 different times. Hisonly failing? A nine-board perfor-mance against Kentucky.Zeller, meanwhile, led the TarHeels in scoring 15 times duringthe season — two more times thanBarnes — and poured in 10-pluspoints in 32 of 37 contests.Defensively, the same heldtrue. Henson, the ACC DefensivePlayer of the Year, registered blocks in all but five of UNC’sgames, swatting five or more 11times. Despite this, UNC’s ownpostgame defensive accoladesmore often went to Zeller.“Z is philosophically in theright spot all the time,” coach Roy Williams said.“John may be completely outof position, but still has the abil-ity to block the shot and abruptly change the play.” Williams’ words cut to theheart of what has become aninteresting paradox for Henson.Though Zeller’s consistency is notsurprising given his fundamentalapproach and polished skill set,Henson produced at a steady clip with a far less refined approach,using his athleticism to generatemuch of his offense.But heading into the 2011-12season, Henson would prefer todeliver in more traditional ways.“Offensively, you want to bea dependable player, and that’s what I’m working on being for my teammates,” Henson said.“I think if I get the ball downthere, I can do a little more than Icould do last year.”Even if Henson’s developmentproves only a marginal improve-ment from a season ago, he,Zeller, do-it-all freshman JamesMichael McAdoo and shot-swatting rookie Desmond Hubertcomprise one of the top post con-
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Junior forward John Henson steps out to get a hand in the face of Duke’s Seth Curry with Reggie Bullock bringing some help last year at Duke.
tingents in the country. Few aredebating that.But together, the Tar Heels’ bigmen will help erase some of UNC’smajor question marks this season. With defenses forced to sag onUNC’s big men, Barnes shouldfind plenty of room to operateon the perimeter and in the highpost area, especially against zoneschemes. This should also freeup more open looks for ReggieBullock and P.J. Hairston, both of whom appeared capable of fillingit up from deep in a combined6-for-11 performance from threeagainst UNC-Pembroke. A reli-able post presence will also offerMarshall a safety valve to relievepressure in tight spots. And although not many have been quizzing the Tar Heels’frontcourt prior to the season,there will be plenty asked of UNC’s big men during it.
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Marshall to lead from the point
By Jonathan Jones
Roy Williams thought he wasset in his team’s backcourt play inFebruary for at least another year.He had a junior point guard who played a small role in NorthCarolina’s 2009 championshipand led the team through the worst of times the following year. Williams also had a freshmanpoint guard who showed greatpromise off the bench and con-tributed to the Tar Heels in waysthe starter could not.But after Larry Drew II leftUNC in the middle of the nighton Feb. 4, just a couple of weeksafter Williams demoted him tothe bench in favor of KendallMarshall, the Hall of Fame coach was left to play the rest of the year — and the next season due tohow late in the recruiting seasonDrew’s departure came — withonly one true point guard.The expectations of a thirdnational title in eight years weighheavily on all of the Tar Heels, buton none more than UNC’s back-court and its leader, Marshall.“I’m concerned about ourhealth, which means I’m con-cerned about our depth,” Williamssaid. “We’ve already lost (shootingguard) Leslie (McDonald). Butthe greatest challenge is develop-ing the top quality person to bethe point when Kendall’s out of the game.“We’ve got to have somegood backcourt play. Dexter(Strickland) has got to spendsome quality time at the point andI think he will and embrace that.”McDonald suffered an ACLinjury during a summer Pro-Amgame when routinely bringing the ball up the court. The non-contactinjury puts him on the shelf untilat least January, and puts a strainat the shooting guard position, which is currently occupied by Strickland.The starting backcourt of Marshall and Strickland willshuffle to put Strickland at the1-guard and Reggie Bullockat the 2-guard when Marshalltakes a breather. Bullock is alsocoming off an injury but will be healthy by the start of theseason. Williams intends to play Bullock at the small forward posi-tion when Harrison Barnes is out, which will also open the reserveshooting guard position for fresh-man P.J. Hairston. His range willdraw opposing defense out of themiddle and help the frontcourt be more formidable around the basket.But the undeniable leaderof the team is Marshall. Wheninserted into the starting lineuplast season, the production of Barnes, a preseason favorite fornational player of the year, andothers increased dramatically.“He knows where everybody’ssupposed to be and he knows where everybody’s supposed togo,” forward John Henson said.“He gets the ball to the rightpositions, and that’s what a goodleader does.”In order to be effective though,Marshall knows he’ll have to takesome breaks during games. Andthat’s a foreign concept to thepoint guard.“Coming out of high school, Inever understood people askingto come out of games,” Marshallsaid. “But once I got to collegeI was definitely putting that fistup because the game is so muchfaster.“I do want to be on the court asmuch as possible, but at the sametime, I don’t want to hurt my team. So if that means me playing30-32 minutes instead of playing36-37 and being more efficientin those 32 minutes, then I’m allfor it.”
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Incoming class brings high talent
By Brandon Moree
Assistant Sports Editor
Entering his ninth year ashead coach, Roy Williams hasadded two more McDonald’s All- Americans to the North Carolinaroster.Freshmen guard P.J. Hairstonand forward James MichaelMcAdoo are the 16th and 17thMcDonald’s All-Americans that Williams has recruited to ChapelHill, eight of which are on this year’s team.McAdoo didn’t just participatein the annual premier high schoolall-star showdown, he owned it.McAdoo took home co-MVPhonors with 17 points, and inmuch the same way he won thesame honor at the Jordan BrandClassic with a double-double per-formance.McAdoo, who stands 6-foot-9and weighs 220 pounds, becamethe youngest person to ever winthe USA Basketball Male Athleteof the Year award in 2009 afteraveraging almost 17 points pergame on the way to a gold medalin the FIBA Americas U16 cham-pionship.”I’m expecting a lot from (thefreshman) just because they’re very great players,” senior TylerZeller said. “James McAdoo andP.J. are fantastic players, and therest of them can come in andgive us some great minutes also.I think they’re going to be able tocome in right off the bat and giveus a great lift.”Hairston, a 6-foot-5 wing-man from Greensboro, split hishigh school career at Dudley andHargrave Military Academy inChatam, Va.In his senior year at Hargrave,he averaged more than 25points, nine boards and nearly five assists. So far this year, he’scaught the eye of some of theolder guys on the team.“We always thought he would be good, but he’s stretchingthe floor out a lot better than we thought,” Harrison Barnessaid. “He’s making a lot of shots.That’ll help us a lot down theroad in terms of penetration.”In UNC’s 100-58 exhibition win against UNC-Pembrokeon Oct. 28, Hairston lit up thecourt — making six of eight3-pointers during his 16 minuteson the court.Hairston finished the game with 17 points, just one fewerthan senior forward Tyler Zeller, who led with 18.Joining Hairston and McAdooat the Jordan Brand Classic inCharlotte was new teammateJackson Simmons from Smokey Mountain High School in Webster, N.C. Simmons raked in astate-record number of reboundsin high school while standing just6-foot-7. Williams has been working toget his freshman adjusted to anew style of play.“Jackson is just like JamesMichael. His head is spinningright now because the guys are alot bigger, a lot faster,” Williamssaid. “For me it was a thrill to beable to give him a scholarship,and now to watch him develop isgoing to be fun.”Simmons, a member of the West team in the N.C. East-West All-Star game, was the MVP of that game. On the East team wasStilman White, from HoggardHigh in Wilmington. White joinsthe Tar Heels as the shortestmember of this year’s recruitingclass at 6-feet.Six-foot-9 Desmond Hubertrounds out the freshman class this year from Cream Ridge, N.J. Hescored more than 1,500 points inhigh school in addition to more
Freshman P.J. Hairston fires up oneof his high arching 3-point shotsaginst UNC-Pembroke. He was fourof six from three on the night.
than 1,000 rebounds and 750 blocks. His frame and shot block-ing ability have already garneredcomparisons to teammmate JohnHenson.
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