Tar Heel Pros News & Notes

This week's update on former Tar Heel hoopsters. Pictured - Donald Williams


* Starting guard Vince Carter ended up getting just 16 minutes of playing time last night in Los Angeles in the NBA's 53rd All-Star Game. The Eastern Conference may have needed a few more minutes from Carter, as they fell short of the West, 136-132. Carter contributed 11 points (5-7 FG), two rebounds and two steals in his limited role.

Here's a look at what the Tar Heel Pros have done in the NBA prior to the all-star game:

VINCE CARTER (Toronto Raptors): 48 games, 37.2 MPG, 21.2 PPG (10th), 4.7 RPG, 4.8 APG

HUBERT DAVIS (New Jersey Nets): 8 games, 4.3 MPG, .3 PPG, .1 RPG, .3 APG

RICK FOX (Los Angeles Lakers): 9 games, 20.1 MPG, 3.6 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 2.2 APG

BRENDAN HAYWOOD (Washington Wizards): 45 games, 17.7 MPG, 6.8 PPG, 4.6 RPG, .5 APG

ANTAWN JAMISON (Dallas Mavericks): 52 games, 29.2 MPG, 14.9 PPG, 6.3 RPG, .9 APG

GEORGE LYNCH (New Orleans Hornets): 50 games, 24.9 MPG, 5.4 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.7 APG

JEFF McINNIS (Cleveland Cavaliers): 50 games, 32.7 MPG, 11.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 5.3 APG, 3.1 Assist to Turnover Ratio (8th)

JERRY STACKHOUSE (Washington Wizards): 5 games, 34.6 MPG, 17.8 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 4.6 APG

RASHEED WALLACE (Atlanta Hawks): 45 games, 37.2 MPG, 17.0 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 2.5 APG

SCOTT WILLIAMS (Dallas Mavericks): 20 games, 15.6 MPG, 6.4 PPG, 4.1 RPG, .4 APG

SHAMMOND WILLIAMS (Orlando Magic): 35 games, 14.8 MPG, 4.9 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 1.7 APG, 87.8 FT% (36-41)


* In his last two games for Plannja Basket in Sweden, Donald Williams has racked up 71 points (36 and 35). That brings his Basketligan scoring average to 20.9 for the season.

Since arriving in Sweden on November 17, Williams has played in 18 games. During that span Plannja Basket has gone 15-3 and moved into first-place with a record of 21-8.

The former Tar Heel marksman has connected on 35% of his 3-point attempts and is shooting 82% on free throws.


* With only eight seconds on the clock, Ed Cota sank one of his two free-throw attempts to give Zalgiris Kaunas a one-point lead over archrival Lietuvos Rytas on Saturday in Vilnius, Lithuania. Cota and Zalgiris then successfully defended the final shot attempt by the opposition for a 74-73 road victory. Cota finished with five points and seven assists. Arvydas Sabonis took care of the glass for Kaunas with 22 rebounds while adding 12 points and three assists. Zalgiris is now 25-1 in the Lithuanian League, with Lietuvos Rytas dropping to 22-3.

In Euroleague play last Thursday, Zalgiris improved to 6-7 with a 72-65 win over Krka Novo Mesto (Slovenia) (2-11), as Cota chipped in with 10 points, eight assists and six rebounds. With one game remaining on the Euroleague Regular Season 14-game schedule, Cota is the assists leader with 5.6 per game. Some other notables among the assists leaders are Temple's Lynn Greer (Idea Slask - Poland), who ranks second at 5.5 apg, UCLA's Tyus Edney (Benetton - Italy), fifth, at 5.1, and Maryland's Sarunas Jasikevicius (Maccabi - Israel) is sixth with 4.6 per game.

Cota and Zalgiris need a Euroleague win on Thursday over CSKA Moscow, the current Group B leader at 10-3, for a shot at grabbing the wildcard berth and advance to Euroleague's Top 16 phase.

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