Tar Heel Pros News & Notes

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


* The Vegas Summer League, featuring 16 NBA summer teams, started last Wednesday and will continue through Friday, July 15. Inside Carolina has put together game-by-game stats and schedules for each Tar Heel involved at http://northcarolina.scout.com/2/393303.html for your convenience. Jawad Williams (Golden State), Ed Cota (Washington), and Kris Lang (Portland) are playing in Las Vegas.

Lang played in his third VSL game last night. It was an 82-60 loss to Dallas, Portland's first loss, as Lang scored one point (0-0 FG, 1-3 FT), grabbed two boards, had two assists and picked up seven personal fouls in 20 minutes. Also for Portland, 7-3, 310-pound South Korean center Ha Seung-Jin joined Lang in the physical contact with nine PFs in 19 minutes with another boost from 7-3 Bosnian center Nedzad Sinanovic, as he put together six fouls in 16 minutes. The Portland bench was hit with four technical fouls during the game that had 70 fouls called. Maybe watching Travis Outlaw, Sebastian Telfair and Martell Webster go 10-for-44 from the floor was just a little too much for everyone.

Meanwhile, on Friday the summer league action will shift to the Rocky Mountain Revue in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the Minnesota Summer League at the Target Center in Minneapolis.

Rocky Mountain Revue Notes: Jason Capel (6-8, 227) is on the roster of the Charlotte Bobcats along with Raymond Felton and Sean May. ... The Utah Jazz summer roster includes Melvin Scott. ... The Atlanta Hawks will be in Utah with Marvin Williams along with Clemson's Sharrod Ford. ... Dallas, San Antonio and Seattle will also be part of the Revue.

Minnesota Summer League Notes: The host Timberwolves will feature first-round pick Rashad McCants, Okla. State's John Lucas and Nick Horvath from Duke. ... Houston, Indiana, Milwaukee, New York and Toronto are the other teams that will be in Minneapolis. ... Tim Pickett (Florida State) is on the Toronto roster.

Southern California Summer Pro League Notes: Former Tar Heel Makhtar Ndiaye is participating at the SPL as a member of the national team of Senegal. Statistical information at the event's website could not be verified in order to be reported. ... During the proceedings at Long Beach State over the weekend, former Laker great and hall-of-famer James Worthy was inducted into the SPL Hall of Fame in a ceremony that included Lakers' General Manager Mitch Kupchak. ... The Lakers, Heat, Grizzlies, Raptors and Mavericks make up the SPL's "NBA Division" along with the Senegalese national team.


* Joe Wolf, coach of the CBA's Idaho Stampede, is taking advantage of his connection with another former Tar Heel, Stampede part-owner and Denver coach George Karl. Wolf is working as an assistant coach for the Denver Nuggets team in the Vegas Summer League.

Wolf will also be evaluating players in Las Vegas, as well as in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the Rocky Mountain Revue, and the Summer Pro League in Long Beach, Calif., in preparation for the CBA Draft on Sept. 30.


* The Enquirer-Journal (Monroe, N.C.) reported last week that North Carolina graduate Brian Reese has taken a position at Porter Ridge High School (Indian Trail, N.C.) with duties as coach of the boys junior varsity basketball team and as an assistant coach for the varsity squad.

Reese ('94) recently turned 34 and has played pro ball through 2001 in France, Belgium, Finland, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, Iceland and England, along with summer trips to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. "Wherever I could get playing time, I would go," said Reese to The Enquirer-Journal. "I went all over."

Reese became aware of the Porter Ridge HS coaching opportunity through former Tar Heel Bobby Jones while working at a basketball camp this summer. The article noted that there was talk that Jones was being considered and might take the job, but he eventually recommended Reese instead.

"Now that I'm a coach, I'm not worried about what I did in the past," Reese explained. "If anyone knows me, fine. If they don't, I just want to deal with the kids one-on-one as a coach and help them improve their games and teach them the fundamentals of the game."


* When the four Tar Heels that were recently drafted into the NBA decided to go pro they knew the uniform color would no longer be Carolina blue. But the number on that new jersey with the different color was still to be determined. For Marvin Williams it turned out his No. 24 would stay since it was available when he arrived in Atlanta after being the second player selected in the 2005 NBA draft. Sean May had the same situation when he checked in at Charlotte. May will therefore be wearing No. 42 as a Bobcat, as he did at North Carolina.

Raymond Felton found out that his No. 2 belonged to Melvin Ely (Fresno State) in Charlotte. Felton made a slight adjustment and is going with No. 20 to start his career as a Bobcat. Felton and May have already been involved in mini-camp in Charlotte and, according to the team website, assistant coach JB Bickerstaff likes what he has seen so far. "Sean and Raymond have done a great job of picking up things and making changes on the fly. Besides their basketball talent, I have been most impressed with their ability to pick up things and how quickly they have learned," Bickerstaff said.

Rashad McCants went to Minnesota as the 14th overall selection of the draft and discovered that the No. 32 that he became so familiar with as a Tar Heel was the property of veteran Fred Hoiberg (Iowa State). Maybe a turnabout of his No. 32 reverse-tribute to Michael Jordan was a consideration, but to no avail since Trenton Hassell has No. 23 in Minnesota. So, when the Minnesota Timberwolves begin mini-camp workouts on Tuesday, McCants will be sporting ... No. 1 on his uniform to start his pro career. According to Timberwolves.com, McCants also had a message for the fans on what they should expect now that he has arrived: "Look forward to getting excited, entertained, and thrilled!"

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