* Donald Williams arrived in Lulea, Sweden last week to become a member of Plannja Basket in Sweden's pro basketball league -- Basketligan. MO< Williams played his first game of the season yesterday and came up with 14 points (4-11 FG, 1-2 3-pt. FG, 5-6 FT), two assists and two steals during 26 minutes to help Plannja, now 7-5, to an 89-79 road victory.
You can keep up with Donald in Sweden at his player page -- at the team's official website. The page includes updated stats, a bio and a recent photo.
LANG TO OPEN WITH ASHEVILLE ON FRIDAY
* Kris Lang was officially named to the Asheville Altitude's 10-man roster last week. Asheville opens the regular season against the Columbus Riverdragons on Friday (11/28), followed by the home opener on Sunday (11/30), against the Huntsville Flight.
Asheville closed out the NBDL's College Tour yesterday at Louisville with a 73-59 loss to the 16th-ranked Cardinals. Lang contributed five points (2-5 FG, 1-4 FT) and five rebounds in 20 minutes. Last Tuesday, Lang scored five points (2-4 FG, 1-2 FT) in 23 minutes in a 74-60 defeat at 6th-ranked Missouri.
The other players from the ACC on NBDL rosters are Tony Rutland (Wake Forest '98) with Charleston, Terence Morris (Maryland '01) with Columbus, Jason Collier (Georgia Tech '00) with Fayetteville, and Curtis Staples (Virginia '98) with Roanoke.
COTA GUIDES ZALGIRIS TO EUROLEAGUE WIN
* Ed Cota netted 16 points last week to help push Zalgiris Kaunas to an 87-77 decision over Skipper Bologna (Italy) and improve to 2-1 in Euroleague competition. Cota fired in 5-of-8 shots from the field and hit 6-of-7 free throws, to go along with six assists and two steals.
"Usually I try to just run the team and make everybody happy, but the coaches asked me to be more aggressive on offense, so I tried to be more involved on the offensive end," Cota told reporters after the game.
Cota's happy teammates included Dainius Salenga, 21 points on 8-for-13 shooting, and Arvydas Sabonis, 18 points (6-9 FG) and 13 rebounds. Cota is currently fourth in Euroleague in assists at 5.7 per game.
TAR HEELS IN THE COLLEGE COACHING RANKS
* Former Tar Heel Tony Shaver ('76) got his career at William & Mary started yesterday with a 91-64 thumping of Liberty. W&M connected on 14 three-pointers in the contest, which might become a familiar sight under Shaver for fans of the Tribe. "I want the guys to play with freedom out there, and not worry that they might get taken out of the game because they shot a three or something like that," Shaver said after the team tied the arena record for threes in a game.
Shaver has former Tar Heel Joe Wolf ('87) on his staff in his first year as an assistant coach. Here's a rundown of the rest of the current college coaches that are from the University of North Carolina ...
Butch Estes ('71), Miami-Dade Community College (Florida Community College Activities Association - Southern Conference) (1st Year). Estes was previously at Guilford College.
Jeff Lebo ('89), Chattanooga (Southern Conference) (2nd Year)
Buzz Peterson ('85), Tennessee (Southeastern Conference) (3rd Year)
Roy Williams ('72), North Carolina (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1st Year)
Ed Wills ('94), Ferrum College (USA South Atlantic Conference - Division III) (4th Year)
Scott Cherry ('93), George Mason (Colonial Athletic Association) (4th Year)
Trip Cogburn ('02), UNC Asheville (Big South Conference) (2nd Year)
Rick Duckett ('79), South Carolina (Southeastern Conference) (3rd Year)
Mike Ellis ('88), Virginia Commonwealth (Colonial Athletic Association) ... Director of Recruiting and Special Projects (15th Year at VCU)
Brad Frederick ('99), Vanderbilt (Southeastern Conference) (4th Year)
Charlotte Smith-Taylor ('95), North Carolina [Women] (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2nd Year)