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North Carolina ends a memorable day by raising new championship banner


North Carolina ended a memorable day for the program on Friday night by unveiling men’s basketball’s seventh national title banner during the annual, Late Night with Roy season kickoff event.

Celebrating last season’s national championship victory, the Tar Heels could breathe a giant sigh of relief on Fridday night following the NCAA ruling earlier in the day that cleared North Carolina after years of investigation. North Carolina was accused of alleged academic misconduct and fake paper classes involving former basketball players which led to a seven-year investigation by the NCAA.

While some believed North Carolina might have to vacate either the 2005 and/or 2009 national titles with the NCAA’s potential ruling, instead, the Tar Heels got to raise banner No. 7 in peace as they continue to sit behind UCLA and Kentucky in the men’s basketball national title race.

North Carolina lands five-star 2018 wing Nassir Little

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North Carolina landed a huge commitment in the Class of 2018 on Wednesday as five-star wing Nassir Little pledged to the Tar Heels.

Only the second-five-star prospect to commit to North Carolina in the last four recruiting classes, Little is a monster grab for head coach Roy Williams and the Tar Heels.

But he comes with baggage.

Little had long been linked to Arizona and Miami, and the two schools were thought to be the leaders for his services. But both of those programs were mentioned in the FBI complaints released last week in what essentially amounted to a bidding war for a player identified only as ‘Player-12’. Little is believed to be that player.

Little’s former AAU program, 1Family, is involved in the college basketball corruption scandal as well. The program’s former director, Brad Augustine, was arrested last Tuesday.

The 1Family program responded by writing a letter defending Little on Twitter, expressing that Little and his family were innocent.

“The Little family did not ask for, nor were offered any money by any institution or individual,” 1Family’s announcement said. “They were completely unaware of any of the alleged offenses that may have mentioned or contained their son’s name. There is not a single player in our program, nor family member of any player, that had any knowledge or discussion about payments being made in regards to making a college decision.”

After a tremendous summer in which he shot up the national rankings, the 6-foot-7 Little is a consensus five-star prospect — rated as the No. 5 overall player in the Rivals national Class of 2018 rankings.

A versatile athlete who has a chance to develop into a really good defender, Little is a terror to defend in transition thanks to his size and burst off the floor. With good length and mobility, Little is a strong enough rebounder to play small-ball four if necessary while also being athletic enough to play on the wing and guard some smaller players. If he improves his perimeter skill level then he won’t be in school for very long.

North Carolina’s class gets a huge boost from the addition of a top-ten player like Little as he joins four-star guards Rechon Black and Coby White in the Class of 2018 recruiting haul. Little took official visits to North Carolina and Georgia Tech during the recruiting process while Arizona, Duke and Miami were his other finalists.

Report: North Carolina won’t attend White House

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After capturing a national championship earlier this year, the North Carolina men’s basketball team will not be visiting the White House, a North Carolina spokesman said to Andrew Carter of the The Charlotte Observer.

Although the Tar Heels were invited to go to the White House from the staff of President Donald Trump, the team couldn’t figure out a date that worked.

“We couldn’t find a date that worked for both parties,” North Carolina team spokesman Steve Kirschner said to Carter. “We tried about eight or nine dates and between they couldn’t work out that date, we couldn’t work out that date, so – we would have liked to have gone, but not going.”

According to Carter’s report, Kirschner also said that North Carolina players, “were fine with going.”

With Trump’s recent comments towards NFL players and the national anthem and his Saturday morning tweet at Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors, there has been a lot of controversy surrounding the President with regards to athletes over the past 24 hours.

Although the timing of this may seem like North Carolina is making some sort of political statement, the school is downplaying any sort of politics by focusing on the bad timing.

North Carolina and NCAA set August hearing

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North Carolina and the NCAA have released additional responses and set the dates for a future hearing on Tuesday amid an investigation into paper classes given by the university’s African-American Studies Department.

The NCAA’s allegations center around UNC’s athletes — most notably members of football, men’s and women’s basketball teams — allegedly being guided to the fake classes in order to keep GPAs high enough to remain eligible. The fake classes typically had a high number of athletes enrolled each semester.

While North Carolina argued in May that this should be a school matter and not an NCAA matter, the NCAA responded to the matter in its belief that it has the right to investigate the classes. North Carolina is facing five top-level charges in the case with lack of institutional control among the charges.

A two-day hearing will be held with the NCAA in Nashville on August 16-17.

“The hearing is the next step in bringing closure to this longstanding issue by allowing us the opportunity to address the Committee on Infractions and present the facts,” said Joel Curran, vice chancellor of University communications. “The NCAA has requested certain individuals from the University attend the proceedings. It is standard practice for the current head coaches of programs referenced in a notice of allegations to attend. Therefore, Coaches Larry Fedora (football), Sylvia Hatchell (women’s basketball) and Roy Williams (men’s basketball) will accompany University representatives to the hearing.”

PHOTO: North Carolina unveils 2017 national championship ring

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North Carolina received its 2017 national championship rings late this week as the school unveiled the ring’s official design on Twitter.

After capturing the sixth national title in program history by defeating Gonzaga in the national championship game in early April, head coach Roy Williams and his team will be getting some pretty big rings in the near future.

It is unclear when North Carolina will finally get its new jewelry, or what kind of ceremony might be held, but we’ll surely get all of the photos of these rings that we can handle once it happens.

VIDEO: Luke Maye continues hitting big shots this summer for North Carolina

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Luke Maye became a local hero during North Carolina’s 2017 NCAA tournament run after making the game-winning jumper to get past Kentucky in the Elite Eight.

Maye has received standing ovations in class, he’s been recognized at baseball games and he’s become a celebrity since returning to Chapel Hill.

The legend of Maye will continue to grow after the junior forward knocked down another game-winning jumper against former North Carolina players during the summer Roy Williams Basketball Camp.

With a sizable camp crowd watching, Maye knocked down a top-of-the-key three last week to get the win. Theo Pinson knows the shot is good right after it leaves Maye’s hands and watching his reaction might be my favorite part of this.

North Carolina is hoping that Maye’s confidence and shooting carries into next season since they’ll need him to play a much larger part with the departures of Isaiah Hicks, Kennedy Meeks and Tony Bradley.

(H/t: Jeremy Harson)