Some North Carolina hoops-related links from around the web:
UNC junior Reggie Bullock wants to be the best player on both ends of the floor, writes Adam Lucas of goheels.com:
"There will be a lot of teams who know me as a shooter now," Bullock says. "They don't know the rest of my game. Over the summer, I tried to increase my ability to get to the basket. People might think of me strictly as a shooter, but I want to do it all. I want to get to the basket, finish, and make the one-two dribble pullup. I have some things to show they haven't seen from my first couple years of college basketball."
Carolyn Kyles, mom of coveted recruit Julius Randle, talked Kentucky and UNC with The Courier-Journal's Steve Jones late last week, and she shared some thoughts about coach Roy Williams' in-home visit:
The Courier-Journal: After Carolina came in, Julius posted on Twitter or said the quote that “it was just different.” What was [it] that Coach Williams said that made him feel that way?
Carolyn Kyles: We both did. It was just different. It was really just different. A lot of people look at Coach Williams like a really laid-back, old-school type guy. He doesn’t like email, and as a matter of fact, he doesn’t have an email address. He likes it more personal. So he will write or send out cards every day with a quote. He likes that old-school feel, so that’s how it’s everyone’s impression of him. And he kind of said some things – and we’ll just keep it between us – that he went out of the box with, that we were like, ‘This is a more new-school approach than what you would think with him.’ It was just different to do those things that he didn’t expect.
Madison Taylor of The (Burlington) Times-News writes about Dean Smith, "the extraordinary man."
Former North Carolina big man Scott Williams has been hired as an assistant coach for the Idaho Stampede, writes Brian Murphy of The Idaho Statesman.
Pittsburgh has put in a bid to host the ACC men's basketball tournament in the future, writes David Teel of The Daily Press.
Cost often dictates whether UNC students choose to study abroad, writes Zach Freshwater of The Daily Tar Heel. But so does basketball season.
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