Tar Heel Pros News & Notes

This week's update on former Tar Heel hoopsters: Stackhouse coming up big in NBA Finals; Noel report from draft camp in Orlando; Heels in Europe news; May, Williams summer league plans; Fox at awards show ...


* ... After Sunday's 99-85 thrashing of the Heat, the Dallas Mavericks have taken a 2-0 lead over Miami in the NBA Finals best-of-seven series, with Game 3 on Tuesday at 9 p.m. EDT on ABC.

Former Tar Heel Jerry Stackhouse was very productive coming off the bench for Dallas in Game 2 with 19 points (6-11 FG, 4-5 3-pt FG, 3-3 FT). He scored 10 points in the final 1:19 of the first half to put the Mavs up 50-34. That burst included a four-point play.

Josh Howard (Wake Forest) also had a four-point play in the game -- that rare instance of making a three while being fouled and converting the free throw -- making it eight four-point plays in the NBA Finals. It was the first time there were two in one game, according to the AP game report.

In Game 1 on Thursday, Stackhouse helped the Mavs to a 90-80 win with 13 points, five rebounds and four assists along with three stitches on his nose and the loss of an undetermined amount of blood after making contact with Heat center Shaquille O'Neal on a drive to the basket.

Here's a look at the rest of the schedule for the series ...

Game 4 - Thursday, Jun. 15: Dallas at Miami, 9 p.m. EDT (ABC)
*Game 5 - Sunday, Jun. 18: Dallas at Miami, 9 p.m. EDT (ABC)
*Game 6 - Tuesday, Jun. 20: Miami at Dallas, 9 p.m. EDT (ABC)
*Game 7 - Thursday, Jun. 22: Miami at Dallas, 9 p.m. EDT (ABC)

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* ... The NBA Pre-Draft Camp took place in suburban Orlando last week. North Carolina's David Noel was there to take advantage of the opportunity to show the assembled employees of NBA clubs what he had to offer. Noel was assigned to Team 1 along with Daniel Horton (Michigan), Steve Novak (Marquette) and Chris McCray (Maryland).

In his first game, a 73-72 win, Noel scored four points (1-3 FG, 1-2 FT) with four boards and two assists. Game two was a 16-point loss with Noel hitting 4-of-7 shots for eight points to go along with two rebounds and two assists. In his third and final game on Friday, the 6-6 forward had seven assists (as did PG Horton) to help his squad to a 2-1 mark with a 105-86 victory.

In other pre-draft camp news, the Racine (Wisconsin) Journal-Times reported that maybe the most intriguing player the Bucks will take a closer look at is Coby Karl, a 6-5 combo guard from Boise State and the son of former Bucks and current Denver Nuggets coach George Karl. "Coby Karl raised some eyebrows with his sound decision-making, deft passing and accurate perimeter shooting. In a game Friday, Karl connected on 5-of-6 field-goal attempts, including 3-for-3 from three-point range, en route to a team-leading 15 point performance. Karl also had five assists and five rebounds," a Journal-Times reporter noted.

The draft will be held on June 28. The deadline for early entrants to withdraw from being draft eligible is June 18.


* ... ALBA Berlin and Henrik Rodl will have to wait another year to reclaim the championship banner of the German Federal League. Rodl coached Berlin to a regular season finish and won the coveted German Cup tournament, but Cologne beat them last week to take the German League Finals, 3-1.

Rodl, in his first full season as coach of ALBA Berlin, was without the services of his starting center and the German League MVP Jovo Stanojevic due to a serious knee injury for the playoffs. Despite Clemson's Sharrod Ford filling in nicely at center for Stanojevic with a season-best performance of 25 points, Berlin could not hold an early 15-point lead and failed to win Game 4 and return the series to Berlin for Game 5.

* ... The season in Spain's ACB league came to an end last week for Shammond Williams on his homecourt in Barcelona. TAU Vitoria made it a 3-0 sweep of F.C. Barcelona in the best-of-five semis and kept Williams from reaching the Finals.

Williams played 31 games in the regular season for Barcelona (24-10) with averages of 12.5 ppg, 5.5 apg (2nd), 2.6 rpg and 30 mpg (11th). His shooting accuracy of 42.3 percent on 60-of-142 three-pointers placed him 14th in the league and just ahead of Iker Iturbe (Clemson) who went 75-179 (.419). In a statistical evaluation used by the ACB, Williams was 15th in the league with an average score of 15.4.

Next for Williams on the international circuit is likely to be a return to the Republic of Georgia in September for the EuroBasket Qualifying Round for Divsion B teams. The national team of Georgia, which Williams became a part of two years ago, will compete with Iceland, Austria, Finland and Luxembourg in an attempt to gain promotion to EuroBasket Division A.


* ... Look for Sean May to be on the summer league circuit again for the Charlotte Bobcats, according to the Charlotte Observer. J.B. Bickerstaff, the superviser of the team's offseason program, anticipates that May, Alan Anderson and Kevin Burleson will play for the Bobcats' summer-league team in Orlando, the paper reported last week.

May was the top player at the Rocky Mountain Revue in Salt Lake City, Utah, last year when he made his debut with the Bobcats. This summer he is coming off of a rookie season in the NBA that was limited by a knee injury that required surgery.

The Orlando Summer League is from July 10 to July 14 with six NBA clubs.

* ... An IC message boarder passes along this note about former Tar Heel Jawad Williams' summer plans: "Jawad is working out in the mornings in Durham and in the afternoon at the Smith Center. He is heading to L.A. in about three weeks to play with the Clippers for 10 days, then will head to Las Vegas for the summer league games there."

The Vegas Summer League will have 16 NBA teams and begins on July 6.


* ... Count former Tar Heel Rick Fox among the stars that attended the "2006 MTV Movie Awards" last week at the Sony Pictures Studio in Culver City, California.

Here's a link to a photo of Fox at the award show with Spike Lee (director), Bryan Barber (music video director) and Samuel L. Jackson (actor).

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