CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina will honor late ESPN broadcaster and alumnus Stuart Scott as it kicks off the basketball season.
The school says it will induct Scott on Oct. 23 into the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame, which is based in the UNC School of Media and Journalism. Jones Angell, the radio play-by-play voice for Tar Heels sports, will emcee an induction ceremony that will include women’s soccer player Mia Hamm.
Afterward, the men’s basketball program will hold a tribute to Scott during its annual “Late Night With Roy” event, which marks the ceremonial start to the season. Scott first hosted the event in 2001 and did so 10 times.
Scott died in January after a lengthy fight with cancer.
North Carolina picked up a scoring guard who was very good during the July live evaluation period as four-star shooting guard Brandon Robinson pledged to the Tar Heels on Monday. The 6-foot-5 Robinson committed to North Carolina during a press conference at Douglasville (Ga.) Douglas County and becomes the Tar Heels’ second commitment in the Class of 2016.
Regarded as the No. 76 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Robinson was a starter on a very good Georgia Stars team that won the Nike Peach Jam in July. In 24 games with the Stars this spring and summer, Robinson averaged 7.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. After leaving the Stars for Team Loaded North Carolina at the end of July, Robinson had some good scoring outings and averaged 11.6 points per game the final week of the live period. The Tar Heels were able to land Robinson over his other finalists of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida State and Louisville.
By adding Robinson, North Carolina is getting additional size and scoring pop on the wing and Robinson can either ease the loss of Justin Jackson if he goes to the NBA, or become an additional rotation player who can create offense. Robinson is joined by four-star big man Tony Bradley in the Tar Heels’ 2016 class.
One of July’s better shooting guards was four-star Georgia native Brandon Robinson, who came on strong with the Georgia Stars and Team Loaded North Carolina.
The 6-foot-5 Robinson had some big scoring games during the live period and it led to scholarship offers from schools from all over the country. The No. 76 overall prospect in the Class of 2016 cut his list to Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville and North Carolina in August and he’s announcing his decision on Monday at a ceremony at his school, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com.
During the recruiting process, Robinson took official visits to Georgia Tech, Louisville and North Carolina and he made the decision to commit to one of his five finalists after a recent trip to Chapel Hill. But don’t count out Florida State and Georgia just yet. Robinson has seen both campuses on unofficial visits, so he is familiar with both programs.
Many perceive the Tar Heels to be in strong shape here, thanks in-part to the quick decision after the official visit, but there are a lot of good options for Robinson here.