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North Carolina won't be destitute after winning last season's NCAA Tournament championship, but the possibility of shortcomings on the perimeter next season have Coach Roy Williams worried. All three starters who played on the outside on last season's 34-4 team are gone, with guards Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington entering the NBA Draft a year early. Replacements are on hand, but they are mostly reserves and the members of a highly regarded freshman class.
Williams says Heels lack backcourt depth
The Winston-Salem Journal

North Carolina will mark its 100th year of college basketball with a season-long celebration that will begin in September. An alumni game of North Carolina current NBA players will be played Sept. 4 at the Smith Center at 8 p.m. Tickets for the game will be $20 and will go on sale June 27. Proceeds will go to the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and UNC's Children's Hospitals. Coach Roy Williams said he wanted the celebration spread out over the season to honor a program that has won five NCAA Tournament championships and 1,984 games, the second most in major-college history.
UNC to celebrate 100th anniversary in '10
The Winston-Salem Journal

Formerly-suspended North Carolina wing Will Graves is doing well in both summer school and the weight room -- and is expected to be on the court when the team opens practice in October. Formerly-injured guard Marcus Ginyard is playing and organizing pick-up games -- and eager to return to his on-court leadership role this fall. Both are good signs for the Tar Heels, who have already been picked in the top 5 of some preseason polls -- much to the surprise of coach Roy Williams, who isn't quite sure who is going to fill the backcourt rotation.
Williams concerned with backcourt
The News and Observer

Looking tan and trim from a summer of playing "some of the worst golf on some of the best courses you could possibly have," a relaxed Roy Williams met the media for an off-season news conference Tuesday afternoon at the Smith Center. While North Carolina's basketball coach spoke, down the hall Will Graves of Greensboro worked out in the Tar Heels' weight room, trying to get back to playing the game he loves and wearing the uniform of the only school he's ever wanted to play for.
Graves works to regain spot with Heels
The Greensboro News-Record

It took a while for Larry Drew's name to come up in Roy Williams' summer bull session with the local media.
Tar Heels prepare for challenges, 100th anniversary
The Durham Herald-Sun

The last time North Carolina men's basketball coach Roy Williams followed up a NCAA title with a largely untested roster, he said the hunger to prove doubters wrong made for great motivation. After claiming the 2009 NCAA crown, the doubters don't seem to be as plentiful as Williams takes a young team into next season.
Tar Heels hoops garnering respect despite losing four starters from title team
The Shelby Star

The Philadelphia 76ers reportedly like Ty Lawson. The North Carolina point guard's NBA fan club also includes, apparently, the New Jersey Nets, Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks, and Dallas Mavericks. But do they covet the ballhandler's blazing speed more than they do the extra inches of height that give Tyreke Evans or Stephen Curry some added versatility? Do they admire his veteran leadership more than the youthful upsides of Jrue Holiday and Brandon Jennings? That's what remains to be seen during Thursday night's NBA Draft.
Lawson a tough pick
The News and Observer

The timing was so right, so rich for Wayne Ellington in April. Now, who knows? With the NBA Draft a day away, Ellington's Final Four Most Outstanding Player award is no longer such a big deal. His sensational shooting that helped North Carolina turn the NCAA Tournament into a laugher has faded from enough memories to create doubt about his first-round fate.
Final Four MVPs no lock in NBA
The News and Observer

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