Maybe it was J. Cole, the platinum-certified rapper and lifelong basketball lover from Fayetteville, working up a sweat as he took jump shots in a corner goal at the Smith Center.
Maybe it was Kendall Marshall, the former North Carolina point guard, who was announced Wednesday afternoon as the team’s new director of recruiting with a “developing role” focused primarily around social media.
Or maybe it was the reversal of a longtime policy, dating back to Dean Smith’s early UNC tenure, that made first-year players unavailable for interviews with independent media before they played in a regular-season game.
On the heels of last week’s Late Night with Roy event, which featured the head coach himself Electric Sliding in a pink blazer and Air Jordans with a slew of five-star recruits in the audience, something subtly different was in the air at the 2019 UNC men’s basketball media day.
Intentional or not, it was fitting for program that lost six players last season, including its top five scorers and brought in six new ones — most notably, highly touted first-years Cole Anthony and Armando Bacot and graduate transfers Christian Keeling and Justin Pierce.