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Bowman defies NFL with NBA draft promise

Bowman defies NFL with NBA draft promise

The smart NFL teams -- ones that find prospects in college basketball dating to Dallas Cowboys scout Gil Brandt converting Pete Gent and Cornell Green in the early 1960s from the hard-court to the gridiron -- safely tucked away their file on Ky Bowman. That meant once Bowman...

Clemons leaving NCAA scoring footprints

Clemons leaving NCAA scoring footprints

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Chris Clemons arrived at Campbell University in this Mayberry-like North Carolina town as a little-known recruit that major conference coaches overlooked, fearing his 5-foot-9 height didn’t measure up. Now, four prolific scoring seasons later at the Big South...

Virginia adds more than a puff with Huff

Virginia adds more than a puff with Huff

College basketball teams with national title aspirations this time of year are balancing health with not disrupting a cohesive unit that can make a run through March Madness. In the ACC, the top three contenders are North Carolina and Virginia, tied for first in the...

Barkley and Magic story as advice for Zion

Barkley and Magic story as advice for Zion

“When did we get to the point all people care about is money? … When did we get to the point we’ve got clowns on television saying, ‘Oh, don’t play.’ That’s what you do. That’s what we do. We play basketball. … I get so mad when people act like money is the only thing that...

Carolina and Duke rivalry rolls across globe

Carolina and Duke rivalry rolls across globe

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams and his wife Wanda grew up in early 1960s America, a time when parents chided kids for not finishing their dinner with an indirect reference to the Great Chinese Famine.  “There are 800 million people starving...

Williams supporting Manning but not this week

Williams supporting Manning but not this week

CHAPEL HILL – Wake Forest coach Danny Manning is struggling. He guided the Demon Deacons to the NCAA tournament two years ago, but otherwise he’s mired in a fourth losing season out of five in Winston-Salam. The temperature is turning up on the hot seat. Manning never played or...

Dennis Smith con opened door to Keatts

Dennis Smith con opened door to Keatts

Not since the disgraced Reggie “Kardashian” Bush, the only Heisman Trophy winner stripped of the award, and the shamed Marion “BALCO” Jones, forced to return Olympic track medals, have I felt so conned by a high school athlete. Dennis “Shoe Money” Smith Jr. earned his way into...

North Carolina vets needed against Duke

North Carolina vets needed against Duke

By Tom Shanahan Can anybody beat Duke? On paper, the answers appears to be no. We already know that Kentucky, the only school that can keep pace with Duke’s ability to recruit NBA lottery picks, isn’t a likely candidate. The Blue Devils’ NBA combine roster beat the Wildcats’...

NBA lockout steered Walton to his future

NBA lockout steered Walton to his future

“The Lakers had a tough start, but they’ll turn it around. They’ll get on a winning streak. Luke is a great coach and they have the best player in the world, LeBron.” --- Josh Pastner, Oct, 24 at ACC media day By Tom Shanahan Luke Walton’s coaching career is attached to Steve...

Coach K postgame concerns included Ferris

Coach K postgame concerns included Ferris

DURHAM, N.C. – Mike Krzyzewski’s post-game concerns ranged beyond grading his No. 4-ranked basketball team’s performance as the Blue Devils prepared for their season opener with Kentucky on Nov. 6 in the Champions Classic. The venerable Coach K wanted to know if the Bulldogs,...