Tar Heel Pros News & Notes

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


* With the 2004-05 college basketball season well underway, here's a look at the North Carolina graduates in the college coaching ranks ...

Head Coaches:

Butch Estes ('71), Miami-Dade Community College (Florida Community College Activities Association - Southern Conference) (2nd Year)

Edgar Farmer Jr. ('94), Wofford College women (Southern Conference) (1st Year) ... *Played J.V. at UNC.

Jeff Lebo ('89), Auburn (Southeastern Conference) (1st Year)

Buzz Peterson ('85), Tennessee (Southeastern Conference) (4th Year)

Tony Shaver ('76), William & Mary (Colonial Athletic Association) (2nd Year)

Roy Williams ('72), North Carolina (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2nd Year)

Assistant Coaches:

Scott Cherry ('93), George Mason (Colonial Athletic Association) (5th Year)

Trip Cogburn ('02), UNC Asheville (Big South Conference) (3rd Year)

Rick Duckett ('79), South Carolina (Southeastern Conference) (4th Year)

Mike Ellis ('88), Virginia Commonwealth (Colonial Athletic Association) ... *Director of Recruiting and Special Projects (16th Year at VCU)

Brad Frederick ('99), Vanderbilt (Southeastern Conference) (6th Year)

Ed Geth ('96), Wofford College women (Southern Conference) (1st Year)

L.J. Hepp ('01), Stanford (Pac 10 Conference) (2nd Year) ... *Served as Stanford's video coordinator last year. Played J.V. at UNC.

Charlotte Smith-Taylor ('95), North Carolina women (Atlantic Coast Conference) (3rd Year)

* Ed Wills ('94) did not have his contract renewed by Ferrum College (USA South Atlantic Conference - Division III) after the 2003-04 season, his 5th year as head coach.


* Former Tar Heel Joe Wolf got his pro coaching career started with the Idaho Stampede over the weekend on the road against the Yakima Sun Kings. The Continental Basketball Association season-opener on Friday went to the Sun Kings 124-105. Wolf got his team back on track on Saturday with a 98-92 victory to even his pro coaching record at 1-1.

Idaho's Donald Williams started both games and averaged 23 minutes, five points and two rebounds in his first action in the CBA since 1998 when he played for Sioux Falls in South Dakota. Williams went 5-for-11 from the field and came up empty on his only try from beyond the arc.

The scoring load for the Stampede was handled by forwards Kaniel Dickens (Idaho) at 26.5 ppg and Britton Johnsen (Utah) at 19.5 ppg.

Former Maryland star Lonny Baxter was a late addition by Yakima after being released by the NBA's Atlanta Hawks. Baxter is averaging 16.5 ppg and 12 rpg in two games.


* Former Tar Heel Neil Fingleton was introduced as a member the Boston Frenzy of the American Basketball Association last week at a press conference at UMass Dartmouth. News accounts of the event also noted Fingleton to be "7-foot-7" and one of three 7-footers on the Frenzy roster.

"We go out and people's jaws drop. They're amazed and they all want to know how tall we are," said Fingleton of the towering trio that includes Terry Sellers (Iona) and Dave Korfman (UC - Irvine) both at 7-2, as reported by SouthCoastToday.com. "Most people never get to see someone our size up close, so when they see the three of us together, they really don't know what to make of it."

Fingleton, a high school star in Massachusetts before going to North Carolina and transferring to Holy Cross, is aware the ABA is known for a "run-and-gun" style of play, but thinks the size advantage will give Boston "an option to pound the ball inside" for favorable matchups.

The Frenzy's 15-player roster, coached by Joe "Jellybean" Bryant, the former NBA player and father of NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, also includes Keith Friel of Virginia, Moses Malone Jr. (S.C. State) -- the son of NBA great Moses Malone -- and a couple of guys billed as "dunking legends," Dennis "Spyda" Chism and John "Helicopter" Humphrey from the And1 Mix Tape Tour.

Boston lost on Friday at the Harlem Revs (no stats available) and had a game scheduled at the Philadelphia Fusion on Saturday. Results of that game were not posted at the league website.

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