|UNC fans welcome back Roy Williams|
UNC-CH Scouting Report
|Roy Williams and Raymond Felton|
Head Coach Roy Williams: Roy Williams, the winningest active coach in the country, embarks on his first season as head coach at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina. Williams became the UNC coach on April 14, 2003, just one week after leading the Kansas Jayhawks to the NCAA championship game. His presence has rejuvenated the UNC program, who have been ranked in the top 10 for most of the 2003-04 season.
January Play: The January calendar has been disappointing for the Heels. Although they defeated #1 Connecticut 86-83, they also suffered some unexpected losses. They brought an 8-1 record from 2003 into the new year with only a triple overtime loss to Wake Forest as the only blemish on their early season schedule. They opened January with a 61-56 loss against Kentucky. Since, the Heels have dropped conference games to Maryland and Florida State. For the month of January they have a 4-3 overall record.
Probable Starting 5: G/F – #32 Rashad McCants (So 6-4 207), 18.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.5 apg, 2.0 spg... F/C – #42 Shawn May (So 6-9 260), 16.1 ppg, 9.9 rpg 1.5 bpg ... F – #21 Jawad Williams (Jr 6-9 223), 14.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg... G – #1 Melvin Scott (Jr 6-2 190), 11.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.3 apg... G – #2 Raymond Felton (So 6-1 194), 11.8 ppg, 8.2 apg, 3.5 rpg.
UNC's Top Gun: It all starts with Raymond Felton for UNC. Felton is leading the ACC with 8.2 assists per game. The talented young point guard is challenging for national and conference honors. He was chosen by the ACC media as the pre-season player of the year. He is a fierce competitor who has the speed and athletic ability to take over any game. He is the type of player who makes others better. Against UConn, he played more than any other UNC player (33 minutes) while dishing out 7 assists.
UNC Rebounds: All of the UNC starters will crash the boards when they play NC State. UNC is averaging over 40 rebounds per game vs. their opponents who are only pulling down 37 boards per game. NC State on the other hand is averaging 34 boards per game. Raymond Felton, the UNC PG is averaging 3.5 rebounds per game. Only Hodge (6.5 rpg), Melvin (7.6 rpg) and Evtimov (4.5 rpg) average more for the Pack. Sean May is averaging almost 10 boards per game.
Roy Said It: "It's not the offense that scares me, it's those players running it. Herb [Sendek] now has his players in there. I think it's always a tougher period when you come in and have somebody else's players like when we played them at Kansas. Now his kids believe in what he's doing even more – they're more comfortable with it. They're a veteran team. Hodge, Scooter Sherrill, Melvin – those guys have been around a while."
Who's Hot and Who's Not: Rashad McCants has scored more than 25 points in three straight games and is now averaging a league-high 18.8 points per game. N.C. State's Julius Hodge is second at 17.7. Hodge has scored 11 points in the last two outings.
Money Man: Rashad McCants, despite all you hear in the media about attitude, proved he is a winner when he busted a last second shot that defeated then #1 Connecticut. McCants…"It's about stepping up. Big players make big shots and I just wanted to do that."
Key Match-Up:Raymond Felton vs. NC State's perimeter defense: UNC brings to the court a more talented and experienced team then the Wolfpack faced in 2003. They have players who can finish what the start offensively. NC State will need to shake things up for Felton on the perimeter to keep the PG from penetrating and dishing easy assists to the Carolina big men as well as big play man Rashad McCants. If Felton has his normal day of 10 assists vs. the Pack, it will be a long day in Chapel Hill for NC State.
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First-year North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams waves to the crowd as he arrives for "Late Night With Roy Williams" Friday, Oct. 17, 2003, at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C.(AP Photo/Grant Halverson)
|No||Name||Pos||Ht||Wt||Yr||City (High School)|
|1||Melvin Scott||G||6-2||190||JR||Baltimore, Md. (Southern)|
|2||Raymond Felton||G||6-1||194||SO||Latta, S.C. (Latta)|
|3||Reyshawn Terry||F||6-7||214||FR||Winston-Salem, N.C. (R.J. Reynolds)|
|5||Jackie Manuel||G/F||6-5||198||JR||West Palm Beach, Fla. (Cardinal Newman)|
|11||Wes Miller||G||5-11||186||SO||Charlotte, N.C. (New Hampton Prep (N.H.))|
|15||Damien Price||G||6-0||208||SR||Greensboro, N.C. (Dudley)|
|21||Jawad Williams||F||6-9||223||JR||Cleveland, Ohio (St. Edward)|
|22||Justin Bohlander||F||6-7||190||FR||Winston-Salem, N.C. (R.J. Reynolds)|
|25||Damion Grant||C||6-11||262||SO||Portland, Jamaica (Brewster Academy (N.H.))|
|30||Phillip McLamb||F||6-6||218||SR||Charlotte, N.C. (Charlotte Country Day)|
|31||Jonathan Miller||G||6-2||192||SR||Burlington, N.C. (Williams)|
|32||Rashad McCants||G/F||6-4||207||SO||Asheville, N.C. (New Hampton Prep (N.H.))|
|34||David Noel||G/F||6-6||230||SO||Durham, N.C. (Southern Durham)|
|35||CJ Hooker||G||6-1||185||JR||Palmer, Alaska (Palmer)|
|41||Byron Sanders||G||6-9||228||SO||Gulfport, Miss. (Harrison Central)|
|42||Sean May||F/C||6-9||230||SO||Bloomington, Ind. (Bloomington North)|
|45||Jesse Holley||G||6-3||190||FR||Roselle, N.J. (Abraham Clark)|
*Thanks to UNC Athletics for much of the information in this preview.