Tar Heel Pros News & Notes

This week's update on former Tar Heel hoopsters ...<br><br><center><i>Pictured -- Randy Wiel</i></center>


* Former Tar Heel player and assistant coach Randy Wiel ('79), a native of Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, will be back on the bench this season as the head coach of Eiffel Towers in Nijmegen, Netherlands. Wiel was named coach during the summer after working as a scout for the Los Angeles Lakers. Wiel had previously coached at UNC-Asheville and Middle Tennessee State.

Nijmegen Eiffel Towers announced last week that former North Carolina star and NBA legend Walter Davis ('77) was added to the team as an assistant coach. Davis, an NBA 15-year vet and six-time all-star, had most recently served as a scout for the Washington Wizards.

Wiel, as a sophomore, and Davis, as a senior, were teammates at North Carolina on the 1976-77 squad that went 28-5 and lost the NCAA championship game to Marquette.

The Dutch pro league debut for Wiel and Davis will be on October 16. Eiffel Towers will also compete in Europe's ULEB Cup league in 2004-05.

Note: The Nijmegen, Netherlands team is sponsored by a company named Eiffel, the team nickname is Towers and there is no connection to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.


* Former Tar Heel assistant coach (2000-2003) Doug Wojcik has had his assistant coach position at Michigan State elevated to associate head coach of the men's basketball program under head coach Tom Izzo.

"[Wojcik] has shown outstanding abilty in recruiting, game preparation and strategy, and organizational skills," said Izzo in an article on the school's official website. Izzo also noted that Wojcik has the background to become the next head coach from the Michigan State staff.

Wojcik commented that he was honored to get the promotion and considered it a great privilege to follow Izzo, Tom Crean (now at Marquette) and Brian Gregory (now at Dayton) as the associate head coach of the Spartans.

Wojcik will be back in North Carolina when MSU visits Duke on November 30 (ESPN) as part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.


* It was reported last week by asiabasket.com that Kris Lang has signed to play the 2004-05 season in South Korea for the Seoul SK (Telecom) Knights of the Korean Basketball League.

Lang stayed close to home last season by playing in Asheville, North Carolina for the NBA's NBDL minor league affiliate. That followed his rookie season which was played in Wloclawek, Poland.


* Joe Wolf was named as the head coach of the CBA's Idaho Stampede in June. Last Tuesday, he began the process of putting his team together via the CBA Draft.

The Stampede, located in Boise, Idaho, went with guard Blake Stepp of Gonzaga in the first-round before selecting Alvin Snow (Eastern Washington), Brian Boddicker (Texas), Antoine Pettway (Alabama) and Gonzaga's Cory Violette.

Violette has signed to play in Italy, but since he was a prep star in Boise Wolf thought it was a good idea for Idaho to have his CBA rights. "I think the young man has given a lot to the community and I wanted to see if he ever wanted to play basketball here," Wolf told The Idaho Statesman. "I think I owed it to the community, and to the Idaho Stampede."

Wolf has until November 19 to get his team ready for the CBA's 2004-05 season.


* Despite the continued struggles of point guard Nikki Teasley, the Los Angeles Sparks downed Sacramento yesterday, 71-57, to even the best-of-three WNBA first-round series at 1-1. Sacramento trounced L.A. 72-52 in the series opener on Friday night with Teasley shooting 1-for-7 from the field (1-of-5 from beyond the arc) for three points on the night to go along with six assists and six turnovers.

The Sparks bounced back yesterday to force a Game 3, but Teasley did not as she went scoreless in 24 minutes on 0-of-6 shooting from the foor with four of the misses coming on threes and had four assists and four turnovers.

Game 3 is in Los Angeles on Tuesday at 10:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2.


* September 27 (Tuesday): Sylvia Crawley (32) and Candace Sutton (22); October 1 (Friday): Mick Mixon (46); October 2 (Saturday): Coretta Brown (24); October 3 (Sunday): Rich Yonakor (46), LaShonda Allen (25), LaQuanda [Barksdale] Quick (25) and Justin Bohlander (20).

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