Tar Heel Pros News & Notes

This week's update on former Tar Heels: Kris Lang, Ademola Okulaja and Joe Wolf.

A CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON FOR LANG

* Kris Lang finished his rookie pro season in style yesterday as he went 5-5 from the free throw line and hit 3-of-4 shots from the field for 11 points to help Anwil Wloclawek capture their first Polish League title.


Lang, Anwil celebrate

Wloclawek was at home for Game 6 and leading the series 3-2. But they needed a 24-16 advantage in the fourth quarter that sent the game into overtime (82-82), then claimed the game, series and PLK Championship over Prokom Trefl Sopot with a 93-88 victory.

Lang and Andrzej Pluta, Anwil's top scorer with 20, worked the pick-and-roll to perfection to get back in the game after being down by 12 in the early moments of the fourth quarter, according to reports from Poland to Inside Carolina. "I was trying to make all the people in Wloclawek happy," said a smiling Kris Lang during a postgame TV interview about scoring nine of his 11 points after the third quarter.

Lang had his problems at the free throw all season, shooting just over 50%, but came through with some important conversions under pressure. Lang also grabbed two rebounds and had a pair of blocks and steals in 26 minutes.

For the championship series Lang started all six games averaging 23.5 minutes, 6.5 points (16-25 FG, 7-8 FT) and 3.0 rebounds, with five blocks, seven steals and 12 turnovers.

OKULAJA ENDS SEASON, APPEARS IN "SLAM"

* Ademola Okulaja and his Unicaja Malaga squad came up short yesterday in the fifth and deciding game of the ACB (Spain) semifinals. The 80-67 defeat kept Okulaja from facing his former team, FC Barcelona, in the Spanish League Finals.

Ademola does make an appearance in the August issue of 'SLAM' magazine, though. Right there on page 44 is Okulaja ("straight up hustle") giving a menacing look on behalf of k1x's new basketball shoe -- Chiefglider.

"That's a good way for me to get some press over there," Okulaja told Inside Carolina via e-mail from Spain in regard to his sneaker endorsement.

JOE WOLF TO ASSIST SHAVER AT W&M

* Former Tar Heel Joe Wolf has been mixing coaching high schoolers with broadcasting and real estate sales since leaving the NBA in 1999. Wolf will now advance his coaching career into Division I of the NCAA after being named as an assistant to William & Mary head coach Tony Shaver, another former Tar Heel, last week. "Coach Shaver has given me a great opportunity," Wolf told the Sheboygan (Wisc.) Press. "I want to learn. The next five years or so are going to be a learning situation for me, a chance to learn how to run a program."

Following much success at Division III's Hampden-Sydney College, Shaver is preparing for his first Division I season at William & Mary and is happy to add Wolf to his coaching staff. "Great news about Joe Wolf, keeps that UNC connection going," Shaver noted to Inside Carolina on the hiring of a fellow UNC grad.

Coach Shaver also mentioned that he "hopes to get the Heels on the schedule real soon."


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