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Why North Carolina basketball could look very different soon

first_imgNorth Carolina has long been recognized as an elite, blue-blood program when it comes to college basketball. But it hasn’t really taken the route other top-flight schools have in recent years. That could be about to change though, as the Tar Heels are starting to land talented young recruits that could change their image.Roy Williams has coached North Carolina for 16 years and won three national championships, but only five one-and-done players have left for the NBA under his watch. Despite being a major attraction, the Tar Heels just haven’t had the kind of young talent that makes league scouts drool from the start like their competition at Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA and others. They’ve definitely produced pros, but usually only after they’ve developed for a few years. But even then, those prospects aren’t usually lottery picks. “They do not make as many mistakes and in fact, I’m sure they’d rather have the kids go two years. If you watch 6-foot-10 against 6-foot-10 rather than go to a high school game and watch 6-10 against 6-2… but the fact of the matter is there is no rule that’s perfect. You’ve got guys like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant that did not make mistakes. Some other guys did make mistakes, but there’s no perfect rule so I don’t get too upset about anything.”North Carolina is in a position where it could start to poach the cream of the crop, and an influx of top recruits could bring about more youthful Tar Heel basketball, unlike what we’ve seen from the seasoned veterans they’ve come to know and love. Thursday, Coby White and Nassir Little became the fourth and fifth players to successfully enter the NBA after one collegiate season under Williams at UNC. They joined Marvin Williams (2005), Brandan Wright (2007) and Tony Bradley (2017). Little is unique in that he was a top-five recruit — something North Carolina has only had four of in the last decade, according to 247Sports. The other three were John Henson (No. 5), Harrison Barnes (No. 1) and Cole Anthony (No. 4), who is the top-ranked point guard in the class of 2019.All the players just mentioned were first-round draft picks in their respective classes, and while North Carolina’s recent academic scandal has impacted recruitment, it appears like the Tar Heels are bouncing back. Related News Little was expected to be one-and-done from the moment he stepped on campus and remained in draft conversations despite his inability to crack the starting lineup during his freshman year. He slid to the Trail Blazers at No. 25 in this year’s draft though, but White’s rise to prominence and being picked No. 7 pick was a surprise, as he rose to five-star status later than most and was ranked 25th in 2018.People will be watching Anthony very closely this season, as he’s expected to be considered among the best point guards in the country and could possibly be a top-five pick in 2020. The 6-3 guard’s explosiveness is rivaled by few and and his performance might inspire more players looking to have a short stint with one of college basketball’s most storied programs before making a jump to the NBA.”You know I’m a guy that always thinks the glass is half full and I think college basketball has been great,” Williams said when addressing the one-and-done rule on 99.9 The Fan last September. “I thought when the kids could go straight out of high school it was okay. With the one and done, I think it’s been great and I think it’s been an NBA rule, it’s better for them. NBA Draft 2019: 5 undrafted players to watchlast_img read more

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Ex-prisoner executed; body dumped on dam

first_imgThe body of an ex-prisoner was on Thursday morning found with a single gunshot wound to the head on a dam at Naarstigheid, West Coast Berbice.The dead man has been identified as 45-year-old Suraj Sookdeo also called “Terry” of Lot 9B Woodley Park, WCB.The dam where the man’s body was foundBased on preliminary investigations, the now dead man was last seen at about 19:30h on Wednesday evening. He was subsequently found lying motionless with a gunshot wound to his body.He was taken to Fort Wellington Public Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival, the police stated.Police are working with the theory that the man might have been killed execution-style and his body dumped at the location.Dead: Suraj SookdeoBebi Bacchus, the man’s sister-in-law, related that Sookdeo was last seen by the family at about 19:00h on Wednesday and the police visited their home at about 7:00h on Thursday morning making inquiries. It was then that they were given the devastating news.Family members rushed to the scene only to find him lying face down.Bacchus added that Sookdeo was found lying with one hand under his body and the other outstretched. She believes that her brother-in-law was shot elsewhere and dumped at the scene.“They had no blood at the scene. When the police turn him over there was no blood,” she told Guyana Times.Meanwhile, residents of Number 12 Village reportedly heard a single gunshot between 23:00h and 23:30h. Unconfirmed reports suggest that Sookdeo was seen in a meat bird pen belonging to a licensed firearm holder.“If he was seen in a fowl pen, they didn’t have to shoot him. They could have handed him over to the police and let him pay for his crime. Yes, sometimes you would do wrong things,” she said.Bacchus stated that her brother-in-law was in the habit of using illegal drugs while adding that he was released from prison two months ago.“Sometimes he would work with people and people say that he’s a good person, and other person sometime would say that he would trouble their things. But he is always good to me. Anytime I ask him to do something he would do it. I never had any problem with him, he’s a very respectable person,” the woman explained.The body is at Anthony Funeral Home awaiting post-mortem as investigators continue to look for clues.last_img read more

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