Summer Practice Plans in Place

UNC will practice two hours a week during the second session of summer school.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina will once again utilize its NCAA-allotted two hours of skills-related instruction during the second session of summer school.

The NCAA rule, which took effect in 2012, allows student-athletes enrolled in summer school to participate in basketball-related activities, including weight training, conditioning and skills work, for a maximum of eight hours a week for up to eight weeks. Only two hours per week can be spent on skills-related instruction.

In 2012, Roy Williams elected to split the skills practice opportunities between the first and second summer sessions after the loss of four starters (Kendall Marshall, John Henson, Harrison Barnes and Tyler Zeller) to the NBA.

With a veteran roster returning that includes nine of UNC’s top-10 scorers from 2014-15, Williams will concentrate his practice time during the second session when all players, including freshmen Luke Maye and Kenny Williams, will be present.

“Everybody on our team will be in summer school,” Williams told at a recent Rams Club Tar Heel Tour event. “I think maybe one or two guys will not go both sessions and everybody else will go both sessions. During the first session there will be a lot of pick up games and weight sessions and things on their own. And then second session we will use those two hours a week that the NCAA gives us.”

Williams, who is entering his 13th season as UNC’s head coach, has adjusted his approach to prioritizing the two hours of weekly skills work. In 2012, the coaching staff used roughly 75 minutes for individual and small group work, saving the remainder of the time for scrimmaging.

This summer Williams intends to hold practice for 75-90 minutes and then leave a 30-minute shooting session with assistant coach Hubert Davis for each player.

The summer practices also serve as a progress report of sorts for the areas of individual improvement emphasized during player-coach 1-on-1 meetings held in April.

“I meet with every player individually, I get a recommendation from every staff member of three things that they want every player to work on, I put down three things that I want them to work on, and we go over that with the player,” Williams said. “The player brings in which three things he wants to work on, and then I meet with them individually, we talk about all of it, and the player chooses which three that he wants to do and puts it in his own words. That’s the map for their improvement.”

Points of emphasis for sophomore guard Joel Berry , for example, included improving his shooting ability, taking care of his body and increasing his lateral quickness.

The first session of summer school begins on May 13 and runs through June 18. The second session starts on June 22 and concludes with exams on July 27-28.

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