Tar Heel Pros News & Notes

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


* With the 2005-06 college basketball season now well underway, here's a look at the many former Tar Heels and UNC grads still involved in the game and where to find them ...

The Head Coaches:

  • Matt Doherty ('84), Florida Atlantic (Atlantic Sun Conference) (1st Year)

  • 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) (2nd Year) ... Played JV at UNC

  • Jeff Lebo ('89), Auburn (Southeastern Conference) (2nd Year)

  • Buzz Peterson ('85), Coastal Carolina (Big South Conference) (1st Year)

  • Tony Shaver ('76), William & Mary (Colonial Athletic Association) (3rd Year)

  • Roy Williams ('72), North Carolina (Atlantic Coast Conference) (3rd Year)

The Assistant Coaches:

  • Scott Cherry ('93), George Mason (Colonial Athletic Association) (6th Year)

  • Trip Cogburn ('02), UNC Asheville (Big South Conference) (4th Year) ... Graduated from UNC

  • Rick Duckett ('79), South Carolina (Southeastern Conference) (5th Year)

  • Mike Ellis ('88), Virginia Commonwealth (Colonial Athletic Association) ... Now Assistant Athletic Director (18th Year at VCU)

  • Brad Frederick ('99), Vanderbilt (Southeastern Conference) (7th Year)

  • Ed Geth ('96), Wofford College women (Southern Conference) (2nd Year)

  • L.J. Hepp ('01), Tulsa (Conference USA) (1st Year)

  • Jonathan Holmes ('03), Montreat College (N.C.) (NAIA) (1st Year)

  • Charlotte Smith-Taylor ('95), North Carolina women (Atlantic Coast Conference) (4th Year)

* The Wofford College official website posted back in June that Ed Geth and his wife Lisa announced the birth of Ed Geth Jr. on May 26. The Geth's also have a seven-year-old daughter named Mya.

The Wofford College women's basketball team will again make a visit to Chapel Hill this season when they play UNC on December 8.


* From the NBA D-League --- Jackie Manuel is not on the Fayetteville Patriots roster to start the season due to an ankle injury that required surgery last week. It is expected that Manuel will be added to the Fayetteville roster when he is able to play. In other D-League news, Albuquerque waived Brian Morrison.

From Greece --- Joseph Forte reported to Patras, Greece last week after signing to play for Apollon Axaia Clauss. Forte played his first game overseas yesterday and scored nine points in 20 minutes as Apollon won 85-59 to improve to 1-4. Former Boston College bruiser Danya Abrams also plays for Apollon.

From Italy --- The Roseto Sharks announced the signing of Jason Capel last week. Capel, about to start his fourth pro season, was introduced to the local media on Saturday and is likely to play his first game in Italy this weekend. Former Clemson Tiger Olu Babalola also plays for Roseto. Former Tar Heels Kris Lang (Caffe Maxim Bologna) and Dante Calabria (Armani Jeans Milano) also play in the Italian League.

From Spain --- Jawad Williams played his second game of the season yesterday for Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada (5-3) and helped his team to another Spanish League win (78-63 over Real Madrid) with 13 points (4-9 FG, 3-6 3-pt. FG, 2-4 FT) and three boards in 29 minutes.

From France --- Makhtar Ndiaye had his contract terminated last week by Adecco ASVEL Lyon after the French Pro A club added Rickey Paulding (Missouri) to the roster. Florida State's Tim Pickett then left the club for personal reasons.

A report by eurobasket.com noted that Ndiaye had been very useful during the preseason and was rewarded with a contract. He then provided help to young teammates, but played just 4.7 mpg with 1.1 ppg and 0.8 rpg.


* The Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that former Tar Heel Jerry Stackhouse of the Dallas Mavericks is working with an independent film director (Kirk Fraser) on a documentary that takes an inside look at the 2005-06 Mavericks.

They are hoping to have the documentary on TV next summer. "Everybody is looking for programming, so we think this is something that we can put together and do," Stackhouse told the Star-Telegram.

The project is still being developed and will then be shopped to whoever is interested in that type of reality programming.

"Right now, I'm documenting the whole situation with Jerry with his [sore right] knee, with his family, their interaction, and how he lives as an individual and as a human being outside of what people see him as on the basketball court," Fraser said, according to the article.

"I think it's something somebody can look at in July and look at it like a series. We're kind of toying with a few different ideas right now, and we'll just see which one works the best," Stackhouse added.

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