Tar Heel Pros News & Notes

This week's update on former Tar Heel hoopsters.


* Voting by writers and broadcasters has determined that former Tar Heel and college player of the year Antawn Jamison is the winner of the NBA's 2004 Sixth Man Award. Jamison accepted the role as a non-starter without incident after being traded to the Dallas Mavericks from the Golden State Warriors. Jamison started 82 games for Golden State each of the last three seasons and again played 82 games in 2003-04 for Dallas (80 as a sub, two as a starter), to increase his current league-best streak of consecutive games played to 328.

"Good things happen to people who are selfless and sacrifice their game," Jamison told The AP.

Jamison made some changes to his game that included being closer to the basket. The 6-9 forward became the league's 13th-best offensive rebounder at 2.8 per game, reduced his three-point attempts from 209 to 40, and used his uncanny shooting skills around the hoop to shoot a career-best 53.5 percent, third-best in the NBA.

"I've never seen a guy like him, able to score in the positions that he scores," his coach Don Nelson told AP. "We marvel all the time about that."

"It's a great award, and it showed he really took his [backup] role great," teammate Dirk Nowitzki said to The Dallas Morning News. "He was instant offense off the bench, and it was fun to watch."

Indiana's Al Harrington came in second in the voting and San Antonio's Manu Ginobli finished third.


* Kris Lang of the Asheville Altitude ended his second pro season on a championship team. On Saturday in Asheville, the Altitude eventually got the best of Huntsville (Ala.), 108-106 in overtime, after being down by 18 in the first half, to take the NBDL's 2004 Postseason Championship Game.

Lang chipped in with four points (1-5 FG, 2-2 FT), two boards and two assists in 23 minutes, as the Altitude overcame a 26-point, nine-rebound and six-assist performance by Huntsville's Mateen Cleaves (Michigan State). Brandon Kurtz (Tulsa) led Asheville with 26 points and 14 rebounds.

Last year, Lang celebrated the end of his rookie season in Poland with Anwil Wloclawek, as the champs of the Polish League.


* Edwin Ofori Attah, a high-scoring, 6-4 guard from Statesville Christian School (N.C.) via Germany, has signed a letter of intent to attend William & Mary and play for former Tar Heel Tony Shaver, the Tribe's head basketball coach, beginning next season.

Ofori Attah averaged 29.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game last season at Statesville, and set the North Carolina high school single-game scoring record with 71 points.

According to eurobasket.com, Ofori Attah was "heavily recruited by Minnesota, UNC-Charlotte, Oklahoma and Arkansas."

"We are real excited about Edwin! Great get for us," Shaver told Inside Carolina, last week. "He is an explosive guard with a great ability to score. His toughness and athleticism will enable him to make an immediate impact on our team," Shaver noted when he announced the signing.


* Former Tar Heel Sylvia Crawley has decided to put an end to her pro basketball career. "I just felt it was that time," Crawley said in her retirement announcement to the WNBA's San Antonio Silver Stars last week. "I felt like my love for the game was fading. I wanted to retire on my own terms and go out with fond memories." Crawley described her career as "21 great years in women's basketball."

In addition to playing for North Carolina, Crawley has played for USA Basketball, the American Basketball League, several pro teams in Europe and Asia, and the last four years in the WNBA.

Crawley will now focus on her clothing business, Ephod Customs, her real estate business and the study of theology.

* Juana Brown (UNC '01) has been added to the training camp roster of the San Antonio Silver Stars of the WNBA. Brown, a 5-11 guard, most recently played in Croatia. Prior to that, she played in Israel (2002-03) and Greece (2001-02), according to the team press release.

The Silver Stars began training camp yesterday for the 2004 season, which opens on May 20. Former Tar Heel LaQuanda [Barksdale] Quick is also a member of the Silver Stars.


* The NBA Playoffs proceeded through the best-of-seven conference quarterfinal round. Here is a Tar Heel recap ---

Larry Brown's Pistons went to 2-1 over Milwaukee with a 95-85 win on Saturday. Rasheed Wallace is now 3-3 in the double-double category (17 & 10, 16 & 12, and 10 & 11) and still has not been hit with a technical foul in the series.

Dallas hammered Sacramento 104-79 to now trail 2-1. Antawn Jamison came off the bench for 29 minutes to collect 20 points (8-22-10 FG, 4-4 FT), nine rebounds and three steals. Scott Williams grabbed three rebounds in eight minutes.

The Lakers OT'd the Rockets 92-88 on Sunday to go up 3-1. Rick Fox saw his playing time reduced to four minutes (one point on 1-2 FT) after not scoring in the first three games while averaging 22 minutes.

George Lynch helpd the Hornets improve to 1-2 with nine points and 11 rebounds in Saturday's 77-71 defeat of Miami. Shammond Williams did not play. The Pacers will play the Hornets-Heat winner in the next round.

The Nets dispatched the Knicks in four games to advance to the Eastern Conference semis after Sunday's 100-94 victory. The Nets await the Pistons-Bucks winner. Hubert Davis is not on the Nets' 12-man active roster.

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