In preparation for the ensuing season, the North Carolina men’s basketball team participated in a Blue-White scrimmage on Saturday afternoon.
The event was hosted by G3 Marketing, and the contest was held in conjunction with the team’s NIL organizers. With the University unaffiliated with the closed scrimmage, players wore event-themed jerseys and were coached by a myriad of former UNC basketball players.
The two teams competed in an untimed contest to 80 points, and the two squads featured a mixture of Tar Heel veterans and budding new faces.
Here are three takeaways from the Blue team’s 80-71 win in the intrasquad friendly.
First-years showing promise
Last year, the “Iron Five” starting lineup represented a squad with a limited bench manned by head coach Hubert Davis. Now coaching in his second season, Davis has made it clear that last year’s thin rotation is something he hopes to expand upon.
One of North Carolina’s top options off the bench this season may be first-year guard Seth Trimble. The four-star prospect finished with 21 points, displaying his athleticism on both ends of the floor.
Trimble's versatility should help him play alongside junior guards RJ Davis and Caleb Love. His two blocks — one of which came against senior center Armando Bacot— showed his tenacity and quick reflexes on the defensive end.
First-year forward Tyler Nickel showed his elite scoring ability for the Blue team. The Virginia High School League all-time leading scorer finished with 11 points, all of which came in the second half.