Roy Williams

Assigned Reading: ‘[Roy Williams] is absolutely exhausted’


North Carolina needed overtime to defeat in-state rival Davidson, 97-85, on Saturday evening. It was the Tar Heels first game since the debacle surround last season’s leading scorer, P.J. Hairston had come to an end.

The university decided to not send in a reinstatement request on Hairston’s behalf, as it had done for guard Leslie McDonald, who was reinstated on Wednesday afternoon before the Tar Heels hosted Texas. Last week answered questions that had been surrounding the program since the summer, when Hairston continued to make off the court news. Those issues extended into the first portion of the season, as he and McDonald sat for the first nine games of the season due to eligibility issues.

The last few months have taken its toll on the Hall of Fame coach, and as his son Scott told Jason King of Bleacher Report, Williams is “absolutely exhausted.”

From King:

During a 30-minute interview last week, Williams told Bleacher Report that the past six months has been the most difficult stretch of his Hall of Fame career.

“I never in my life thought I’d have these kind of things happen,” said Williams, 63. “It’s cast a light on our program that I don’t like, and it’s cast a light on me that I don’t like at all.”

During his 25 years as a head coach, Williams’ reputation has been defined by integrity and character. Rare are the times his players have encountered trouble with the law, and NCAA improprieties have almost been unheard of on a Williams-coached team.

Until now.

“We’ve always done things the right way,” Williams said. “We’ve always stayed away from negative things. Yet for the last six months, I feel like that’s all that I’ve dealt with.”

Scott told King that he and his mother have tried to get Williams to retire for five years, but to no avail. During the short holiday break, Williams is continuing to battle flu-like symptoms, though, when he returns to the floor on Friday, he hopes the sickness and stress will be behind him. Read the full article here

UConn commit tears ACL for second time

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UConn commit Juwan Durham, a four-star big man in the Class of 2016, has torn the ACL in his right knee for the second time in seven months. The Florida native committed to the Huskies and head coach Kevin Ollie back in September. The 6-foot-9 forward is regarded as the No. 31 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016, so he can really be a force when he’s healthy.

In a report from’s Bob Putnam, UConn was notified of the injury immediately and there is no change in plans with the commitment. The Huskies also own commitments from four-star point guard Alterique Gilbert and three-star power forward Mamadou Diarra in the Class of 2016. Having Diarra, an active, rim-protecting presence, helps with Durham’s recovery, since he can provide some more front court depth.

If Durham rehabs back to full speed, UConn has a very talented power forward who was just hitting his stride in the Florida state playoffs last February. UConn has a nice class so far with this group, especially if Durham can recover, With a year to recover until next season, Durham can hopefully play during his freshman season in 2016.

VIDEO: Arizona State’s Torian Graham dunks over teammate

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Arizona State fans won’t get a chance to see Torian Graham take the floor this season, but he did sky over fellow teammates (and transfer) Shannon Evans on Friday night at the team’s Maroon and Gold Madness. The 6-foot-4 Graham is a former Buffalo commit — Evans also came from Buffalo — and both players will have to sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer regulations.

Graham hasn’t had a chance to get into a Division I game, but he’ll be able to play for the Sun Devils next season. For now, fans can look forward to Graham’s athleticism on the wing in pregame dunk routines.

A former top-100 prospect, Graham also pulled off this ridiculous move in the dunk contest.