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M. Basketball: Henson stars in exhibition

(10/19/09 1:51am)

In between all of the dancing, acting and video montages, there was actually some basketball played Friday at Late Night with Roy. The annual event was the first official practice for North Carolina’s men’s and women’s basketball teams.And sure, it’s always a little sloppy. But it’s a first look at the upcoming year’s team, as well as a first glimpse at the incoming class of freshmen. One of those newcomers didn’t disappoint on Friday. John Henson, who is a long, ultra-athletic 6-foot-10, led the white team with 10 points.

Drew brings a revamped game to UNC

(10/19/09 9:53pm)

Back in May, Larry Drew II returned to California for the off season. After only a week, his father, Larry Drew, took Drew II to dinner at a nearby T.G.I. Friday’s. During the meal, the elder Drew left and went to the car. When he returned, he wasn’t empty-handed.“He came back with a folder and dropped it on the table,” Drew II said. “It was like, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. It was like everything that I would do all day, he just had a schedule. He basically had it all planned before I even got there.”

Tar Heels’ frontcourt is filled with height

(10/19/09 11:51pm)

North Carolina may not be the best team in the nation this year, but it will be one of the tallest.The Tar Heels’ towering frontcourt has an average height of a little more than 6-foot-10.To accommodate the loss of forward Tyler Hansbrough and forward/guard Danny Green, UNC has brought in a trio of forwards to add to returning players Deon Thompson, Tyler Zeller and Ed Davis.

Will Graves refocuses after his suspension

(10/20/09 12:13am)

Will Graves keeps his national championship ring within arm’s reach of his pillow. It also reminds him of the opportunity he allowed to slip through his hands. “From a fan’s perspective, I’m in the best position ever because I don’t think any other fan in the world has a ring,” Graves said. “And then from a player perspective, it’s humbling. I would have loved to have been out there on the floor to earn it.”

Expectations still high for UNC

(10/20/09 12:14am)

In the weeks leading up to the start of the 2009-10 men’s basketball season, Roy Williams did a series of double takes.North Carolina’s head coach looked at three magazines that published preseason rankings, and in each one, there North Carolina sat: No. 4 in one, No. 4 again and No. 5 in another.Williams didn’t know what to think.“It’s unbelievable to me,” Williams said. “That was where I would expect us to be picked in our league, and that’s where we were picked in the nation.”