Tar Heel Pros News & Notes

This week's update on former Tar Heels: Sanders starts well in Germany; Shaver's Tribe have high hopes; Rodl on billboards; Williams and Manuel signed to NBA training camps; and more ...


* ... "I am having a great time in Germany. I'm learning new things about the world that I never thought I would have the chance to experience," rookie pro Byron Sanders informed Inside Carolina via e-mail, shortly after scoring eight points and hauling in 10 rebounds in his pro debut in Germany for the Phoenix Hagen (1-0). Sanders played 27 minutes, shot 4-for-5 from the floor, missed one free throw, had three assists, two steals, three turnovers and one blocked shot.

"The people here are great and my coaches and teammates are cool, too. Yeah, the [yellow] jerseys are very loud, but at least the uniforms are long enough," Sanders noted.

The official team Web site has photos of the 101-53 season-opener with some featuring their new center from the University of North Carolina.


* ... Former Tar Heel and current William & Mary head coach Tony Shaver wrote back, "Excited about the new season and team. We'll be better the next two years -- good young talent," when Inside Carolina asked him about the coming season.

William & Mary gets the 2006-07 season started with a road trip to Kansas State on November 11 for a meeting with Bob Huggins and the Wildcats. On February 17, Shaver's squad will represent the now high-profile Colonial Athletic Association as a road team in ESPN's BracketBusters series. The opponent for that game will be revealed in late January.

Meanwhile, Tony's son, Chris, continues to be right on track to becoming a big leaguer. The 6-7 lefty, a top pitching prospect in the Chicago Cubs' organization, just completed his second minor-league season. He won seven games in the Double-A Southern League with West Tennessee putting up a 2.99 ERA while pitching 150 innings with 120 strikeouts.

Last week, Shaver, a fourth-round pick out of William & Mary in the 2004 MLB Draft, had arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow that he just discovered has been there for about two years, according to insidetheivy.com.

The rehab period for that procedure is about eight weeks with a full recovery expected long before pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training in February of '07.


* ... The ad campaign for the ALBA Berlin German basketball club hit the streets of Berlin recently via the disposal trucks of team sponsor ALBA Group.

About 100 vehicles used to provide daily services in the city are displaying pictures of an ALBA Berlin player or Head Coach Henrik Rodl on a large poster (6x10 feet) with a personal slogan included for each participant.

Rodl's slogan reads: "Immer alles geben." Translation -- "Always give everything."

The slogans provided little inspiration as Berlin dropped the German League (BBL) season-opener to Bonn yesterday, 85-73.

The preseason buzz was filled with high praise for Berlin after bringing in some of the top free agents available. That includes team captain William Avery (Duke) and Julius Jenkins (Ga. Southern) in the backcourt, defensive center Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje (Georgetown), German-born Johannes Herber (West Virginia) and forwards Koko Archibong (Penn) and Chris Owens (Texas).

Center Sharrod Ford (Clemson) played for the club last season and has returned. The team regularly plays in a soldout Max Schmeling Arena and is expected to be a force in the German League, as well as in ULEB Cup play that begins later this month.


* ... The Los Angeles Clippers have signed Jawad Williams to a contract to attend training camp. The Clippers are part of NBA Europe Live Tour and are currently training in Moscow, Russia, and will be there until October 8.

While in Moscow, the Clippers will play local Russian club BC Khimki on Friday and take on reigning Euroleague and Russian Superleague team CSKA Moscow on Saturday. Former Tar Heel Ademola Okulaja plays for BC Khimki and will meet CSKA Moscow on Thursday.

The Orlando Magic announced they have added former Tar Heel Jackie Manuel to the 2006 training camp roster. Orlando will begin preseason play on October 10 at the Charlotte Bobcats.

News & Notes Extras: ... Former Tar Heel Steve Bucknall has signed on for another season with English pro club Leicester Riders. Bucknall played last season in England for Leicester. He will also serve as an assistant coach to Karl Brown (Georgia Tech) in his 18th pro season. ... La'Tangela Atkinson has followed up her rookie year in the WNBA for Indiana with a trip to Israel to play for Raanana (a northern suburb of Tel Aviv). ... The sixth annual National Book Festival took place on Saturday in Washington, D.C., with Brendan Haywood of the Washington Wizards among the featured readers at the Children's Pavilion. ... Former Tar Heel Randy Wiel has added former Clemson star Sharone Wright to the team that he coaches in Holland -- EiffelTowers Den Bosch.

October Birthdays

  •  1: Mick Mixon (48)
  •  2: Coretta Brown (26)
  •  3: Rich Yonakor (48), LaShonda Allen (27), LaQuanda [Barksdale] Quick (27) and Justin Bohlander (22)
  •  5: Jeff Lebo (41)
  •  6: Tommy Kearns (70) and Larry Davis (33)
  •  8: Doug Elstun (38)
  •  9: Jarwarski Pollock (24)
  • 12: Marion Jones (31)
  • 18: Will Johnson (26), Greg Warren (25) and Tommy Davis (24)
  • 19: Brad Daugherty (41)
  • 24: Jeff McInnis (32)
  • 27: Pearce Landry (34)
  • 28: Michael Brooker (29)
  • 29: Steve Robinson (49), Thomas Wilkins (23) and Wayne Ellington (19)
  • 30: Ben Carnevale (91)
  • 31: Clifford Rozier (34) and Bobby Frasor (20)

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