Patrick Ewing to coach P.J. Hairston

Jul. 02, 2014 @ 07:47 PM

Former North Carolina guard P.J. Hairston is on the Charlotte Hornets' summer-league team that will compete in Las Vegas.

The Hornets selected Hairston, and former Indiana forward Noah Vonleh, in the first round of June's NBA draft.

Charlotte associate head coach Patrick Ewing with coach the summer-league squad after the team's four-day minicamp that starts Monday. The first summer-league game for the Hornets is July 11 against Golden State.

Graves to learn about substance abuse

HILLSBOROUGH — Former North Carolina basketball player Will Graves will take 15 hours worth of substance-abuse classes in a deal that could drop his misdemeanor drug charges, Orange County assistant district attorney Jeff Nieman said.

Graves was cited in December with marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia while staying at a residence owned by UNC coach Roy Williams.

During a court appearance this week, Graves agreed to pay court costs. He had no prior criminal charges, so his pending charges would be dismissed in January if he stays out of trouble, Nieman said.

A team spokesman for UNC said Graves was paying rent to stay at Williams' home while working toward his degree and serving as a part-time team video coordinator for the Tar Heels.

The case was continued from February because Graves was playing pro ball in Argentina 

NCCU in good hands with Scruggs

CHARLESTON, S.C. — N.C. Central junior Nathan Scruggs is on the watch list toward being named as the best tight end in the Football Championship Subdivision, according to College Football Performance Awards executive director Brad Smith.

"Scruggs will be one of the top MEAC players to watch in 2014," Smith said.

Scruggs had seven receptions for 58 yards last season.

CFPA singled out NCCU's Adrian Wilkins and the NCCU special-teams unit for having the best return performance in the nation.

Top prep TE commits to Duke

 DURHAM — Duke football landed its second 4-star recruit for the class of 2015 on Wednesday when tight end Tyler Petite committed to join the Blue Devils.

Petite, a 6-6, 223-pound player from Campolindo High School in Moraga, California, picked Duke over Southern California. Stanford, Miami, Arizona State, Nebraska, California, Auburn, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest were among the other schools that offered him scholarships.

ESPN rated Petite among the top 300 players in the class. He joins another 4-star and ESPN300 player, wide receiver Keyston Fuller of Griffin, Georgia, as commitments in Duke’s next recruiting class.

Former NCCU Eagle to lead Saint Augustine's

 RALEIGH — Former N.C. Central basketball player MarQus Johnson has been named head men’s basketball coach at Saint Augustine's University, where he was an assistant from 2012-14.

Johnson, who played at East Wake High School, has been an assistant coach at both NCCU and Shaw University.

He played at NCCU from 1996 to 2000, when his 3-point shooting helped the Eagles win three Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association titles.

Canes still dealing in NHL free agency

RALEIGH — The Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday agreed to terms with center Jay McClement on a one-year contract. The deal will pay McClement $1 million for the 2014-15 season.

McClement, 31, completed his ninth National Hockey League season and second with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2013-14. The Kingston, Ontario, native earned 10 points in 81 games for Toronto. McClement (6-1, 205) ranked in the top 25 in the NHL with his 53.6 face-off percentage

The Canes also signed forward Greg Nemisz to a one-year, two-way contract that will pay him $600,000 in the NHL or $100,000 in the American Hockey League for the 2014-15 season, with a guarantee of at least $125,000.

Nemisz, 24, scored eight goals, earned 12 assists and posted a plus-9 plus/minus rating in 46 AHL games games in 2013-14. The Courtice, Ontario, native joined the Charlotte Checkers, Carolina's AHL affiliate, after being acquired by the Canes from the Calgary Flames on Dec. 30, 2013, in exchange for Kevin Westgarth. In 14 games with Charlotte, Nemisz (6-3, 197) scored three goals, earned eight assists and had a plus-4 plus/minus rating before he was sidelined with an injury in early March.