Holley to start hoops practice this week

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- According to head coach Roy Williams, freshman Jesse Holley will begin practicing with the basketball team this week.

"I haven't had a chance to talk to him, but he has talked to Coach [Jarod] Hasse," Williams said.

Holley, who caught 12 catches for 168 yards and two touchdowns in his first season on the gridiron, joins a Tar Heel basketball team that lacks depth, especially with recent injuries to David Noel, Jackie Manuel and now the possibility of Jawad Williams being sidelined this week.

"I'm [more] worried about guys that have already been there for 32 practices, and I wonder if they're going to be there today," Williams said. "I do expect him to be out this week, but I don't think he can take Jawad's place Tuesday night," Williams said.

Listed at 6-3 and 190 pounds, Holley owned the record books in both sports at Roselle (N.J.) Abraham Clark High School. He is currently the school's all-time leader in receptions (106), receiving yards (1,449) and touchdown catches (27) in football and the all-time leading scorer in basketball with 1,741 points over his four-year career. As a senior he averaged 22.0 points, 6.5 assists, 4.2 steals, and 7.2 rebounds.

"I play the 'one' and the 'two,'" Holley said in an interview with Inside Carolina a month ago. "I was talking to Coach Haase and Coach Holladay and they don't really have a back-up for Ray Felton. They have Melvin Scott, who is primarily a shooting guard, so he said if my point guard skills are what they are looking for, I will have a chance to back up Ray Felton. We know he doesn't come out of the game much, but my five minutes to shine is needed somewhere."

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