Tar Heel Pros News & Notes


* After 17 years coaching Hampden-Sydney College (Va.) at the Division III level with great success, former Tar Heel Tony Shaver is about to get started in Division I as the head coach at William & Mary (12-16, 7-11 last year) of the Colonial Athletic Association.

With two seniors on the W&M roster, Adam Hess (20.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg) and Zeb Cope (3.6 ppg), coach Shaver told Inside Carolina the main goal for his first year is to "send them out with a great experience." The theme for the first practice (10/18) could have the players going against the Tribe's coaching staff of Shaver ('76), and assistants Dee Vick (Hampden-Sydney '94), Ted Jeffries (Virginia '93) and former Tar Heel and NBA veteran Joe Wolf ('87), but that had not been decided yet.

"Joe Wolf (first year as a college assistant) is doing a great job and seems to love college coaching," Shaver noted to IC. Press day is set for October 29. The season starts with an exhibition game on November 11 versus G.T. Express in Williamsburg, Va.


According to the New York Post, "Shammond Williams, following pit stops in Atlanta, Seattle and Denver, at last appears to have found someone (Magic coach Doc Rivers) who appreciates his outpost accuracy, hyper handle and toughness."

Williams' game-high 17 points, along with six assists, in 32 minutes for the Tracy McGrady-less Orlando Magic on Saturday in a 77-75 preseason loss to Miami could only have improved his chance to stick with Orlando.

* Ademola Okulaja, in training camp on a free-agent contract with Utah, did not play for the Jazz on Saturday against Seattle.


* The NBA regular season does not start for another two weeks, but many Tar Heels have already started regular season play in the domestic leagues of European professional basketball.

Steve Bucknall is once again with Iraklis Agno Thessaloniki (1-1) in Greece. Dante Calabria is back in Italy. This time with Cantu Oregon Scientific (0-2). Ed Cota has returned to defending champ Zalgiris Kaunas (4-0) in Lithuania. Vasco Evtimov is in Sevilla (2-1), Spain and is playing for the first time in Spain's ACB league. Will Johnson plays in Spain's LEB2 league (3rd division) for Baloncesto Pozuelo (2-2). Makhtar Ndiaye is in France (ProA) with Roanne-Chorale (1-0). Derrick Phelps is a teammate of Maryland's Ryan Randle in Poland with Idea Slask Wroclaw (0-1). Henrik Rodl, a fixture in the German league with ALBA Berlin for the past 10 years, is not on the Berlin roster to start the season and is still recuperating from knee surgery.


* Former Tar Heel Coretta Brown ('03) has been added to the 'WNBA Select' team that will begin play tomorrow in Samara, Russia. Brown (Indiana Fever) joins fellow Tar Heel Nikki Teasley (Los Angeles Sparks) and other young WNBA stars to compete against pro teams from around the world in the first-ever FIBA Women's World Cup.

"Representing the WNBA is an honor. I was definitely pleased when I found out I had been invited and I accepted without second-guessing," Brown said, according to WNBA.com. Brown added that she has previously been to Australia and would like to put a trip to Jamaica on her schedule.

Other WNBA players, such as Swin Cash (Detroit Shock) and Chamique Holdsclaw (Washington Mystics), are expected to play for the international teams in the competition that runs through October 19.


* George Karl is no longer barking instructions from the sideline for the Milwaukee Bucks, but he will be able to provide his thoughts on the NBA as an NBA game analyst for ESPN and as a studio commentator for ABC Sports' NBA coverage. Former NBA player Dan Majerle was also hired by ESPN as an analyst for NBA games for the 2003-04 season.

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