DAUGHERTY: TALKING HEAD, BOBBLEHEAD
* ... When the 2007 NASCAR season begins in January, former Tar Heel and NBA star Brad Daugherty will start his new role on telecasts of NASCAR coverage on ABC and ESPN as an analyst for pre-race and weeknight shows.
Daugherty thinks he can be the voice of the fan in his new job. "They have the guys with driving and technical experience," Daugherty, a former co-owner on the racing circuit, recently told the Philadelphia Daily News. "That's great, but I want to ask questions outside of the technical box."
Meanwhile, back on the basketball court, Daugherty's likeness was featured on a giveaway item last Wednesday by his old NBA club, the Cleveland Cavaliers. All fans in attendance that night received a "Draft Day" bobblehead that displays Daugherty wearing a suit and holding his No. 43 orange Cavs jersey in front of him as he did when he was the top pick in the 1986 NBA Draft by Cleveland after trading for that pick with Philadelphia.
Although his career was cut short due to a back injury in 1994, Daugherty, a five-time NBA All-Star, remains the Cavs top career scorer and rebounder with 10,389 points and 5,227 boards.
D-LEAGUE TAR HEELS BY THE NUMBERS
* ... Here's a look at the stats turned in thus far by the former Tar Heels in the NBDL --
Jackie Manuel of the 5-3 Los Angeles D-Fenders: 31.6 MPG, 14.9 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.7 APG, 1.6 SPG, 4.0 TOPG while shooting .517 from the field (46-89), .333 from three (2-6) and .588 on free throws (10-17) in seven games played. Manuel is in his first pro season and has scored 22 points in two games. The D-Fenders are owned and operated by the Los Angeles Lakers.
Prior to being released last week by the Austin Toros (0-6) to clear a roster spot for former Duke star Jay Williams, Melvin Scott played in six games and averaged 20.8 MPG, 4.5 PPG, .8 RPG, 1.8 APG and 2.2 TOPG while shooting 7-25 (.280) from the floor, 5-9 (.556) from three and 8-15 (.533) on free throws.
Jawad Williams is with the Anaheim Arsenal (3-5) with averages of 38.6 MPG, 20.9 PPG (5th), 4.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, .4 SPG and shooting .429 from the field (57-133), .387 from three (12-31) and .804 on free throws (41-51). Williams has scored 21 or more points five times and has a season-high of 27.
Joe Wolf currently has his Colorado 14ers on top in the West with a mark of 4-1. The 14ers roster includes Von Wafer (Florida State), Elton Brown (Virginia) and Julius Hodge (N.C. State/Denver Nuggets).
News & Notes Extras
* John Kuester left Philadelphia and became an assistant coach with the Orlando Magic prior to the start of ths season. But the former Tar Heel stays in touch with his daughter Katie, still in the Philly area, via text messages prior to every game she plays as a junior for The Academy of Notre Dame, as noted by the Delaware County Sunday Times. The latest topic for conversation was Katie scoring 16 points to lead her team to a tournament championship and being named the MVP.
* Jeff Wolf is another former Tar Heel with an offspring making news on the high school hoops circuit. Christian Wolf plays for the Kohler (Wisc.) High School team that is coached by Jeff and was recently profiled in The Sheboygan Press sports section for his outstanding play in a tournament (51 points and 28 boards in two games). Christian is looking to play Division I basketball and lists North Carolina, Tyler Hansbrough and anything from Wolf's Dairy Queen among his favorites.
* Fullback Madison Hedgecock ('05) of the Rams is the former Tar Heel involved in "Monday Night Football" this evening as St. Louis (5-7) hosts Chicago (10-2) on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. (ET). Hedgecock (No. 44), with one carry for two yards and four catches for 14 yards this season, will be trying to clear a path for thousand-yard rusher Steven Jackson (Oregon State).