Summer league basketball rosters in flux because of summer scheduling conflicts. College, pro and high school athletes alike involved with basketball matters outside the Bull City.
Under new rules governing S.J.G. Greater NC Pro-Am play, Wolfpack contingent forced to play for different teams as summer league returns to action after weeklong holiday break. New Wolfpack players on hand at DSA Tuesday night including top recruit Anthony “Cat” Barber, a 6-foot-2 guard, incoming 6-9 freshman forward Kyle Washington and Alabama junior transfer guard Trevor Lacey.
The sixth season of the summer league will have rosters with just two players from a particular college on each pro-am team.
The ACC officially welcomed Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame into the league on Monday
Former Duke star Jay Williams will be featured in a segment of tonight’s episode of “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” (10 p.m., HBO), talking about his life since a 2003 motorcycle accident ended his NBA career.
Tar Heels set for win-or-go-home meeting(s) with UCLA's Bruins Friday and (if needed) Saturday after ending N,C. State's season 7-0 Thursday night. Junior lefty Hobbs Johnson outduels Wolfpack ace and UNC nemesis Carlos Rodon, who was announced as the surprise starter after throwing a complete game against the Tar Heels in both teams’ CWS opener on Sunday, which the Wolfpack won 8-1.
Duke's Rodney Hood, Carolina's P.J. Hairston bid for USA World University Games basketball roster spots.
After tonight, UNC or N.C. State will be a step closer to winning its first national baseball championship. The other will be going home, having been eliminated by its biggest rival in the College World Series.
N.C. State had just won one of the biggest games in program history, an 8-1 victory over rival North Carolina in the opening round of the College World Series. But there was no outpouring of emotion on the field at TD Ameritrade Park on Sunday. The Wolfpack came to Omaha with a bigger goal than avenging an 18-inning ACC Tournament loss to the top-seeded Tar Heels.
Freshman Trent Thornton will try to keep North Carolina’s season alive today at the College World Series when the Tar Heels, the No. 1 overall seed, play an elimination game against No. 4 LSU at TD Ameritrade Park (3 p.m., ESPN).
In their first College World Series appearance in 45 years, the Wolfpack scored four runs in the third inning off Kent Emanuel and watch Carlos Rodon shut down UNC.
North Carolina and N.C. State have played each other 284 times. Until recently, only the local baseball community seemed to notice. The rivalry gained greater prominence during the past two ACC Tournaments, when record crowds for a college baseball game in the state — 10,229 a year ago in Greensboro and then 11,392 in May at Durham Bulls Athletic Park — saw UNC win in extra innings. But even those games were only televised regionally.
North Carolina’s Boshamer Stadium and N.C. State’s Dail Park are separated by about 25 miles. Today, the two programs will have traveled more than 1,200 miles to the center of college baseball for an historic meeting.
The No. 1 overall seed made it to the College World Series. It just took a few more twists and turns than usual. No. 1 North Carolina will play in a double-elimination pool with No. 4 LSU, N.C. State and UCLA in Omaha, starting Sunday with the Tar Heels and Wolfpack at 3 p.m. and the Tigers and Bruins at 8 p.m. (both on ESPN2).
Now Chuck Jones' dream can materialize in earnest. As successful as the S.J.G. Greater N.C. Pro-Am has been over the years, this sixth season of the summer league will allow Jones, one of the league's founders, to fully embrace why it all started in the first place.