Late Night with Roy was last night, which marks the official beginning of the North Carolina basketball season, and as usual it was an event well worth waiting for. With the football season not having been as good as most wanted, this night came just at the right time for the Tar Heels fan base. And the surprise guest was just the cherry on top of it all.
First of all let me say that Sean May coming out to speak was great! You can check out what he said in the video below, as part of the highlights of the night. The big man who helped head coach Roy Williams get his first national championship said all the right words in my opinion, and showed what it means to be part of the “Carolina family”. It is always great to see former players coming back to the Dean Dome, how May did it was just a bit more special. I hope that this becomes something that happens at all the future “Late Night with Roy”.
The coaches dancing was pretty good too, with Hubert Davis taking over the show with his moves. And then there were the moves made by the players on the court as the basketball squad had its Blue & White scrimmage, that unofficially ended 50-50. For a full recap of the scrimmage you can check out the article on GoHeels.com.
The squads were divided this way: White Team was made up by Marcus Paige, James Michael McAdoo, Kennedy Meeks, Leslie McDonald, Brice Johnson, Luke Davis, Denzel Robinson and Desmond Hubert. The Blue Team was composed by P.J. Hairston, Nate Britt, Isaiah Hicks, Joel James, Jackson Simmons, James Manor, Wade Moody and J.P. Tokoto.
And when you speak about the scrimmage the first name that you have to mention is… P.J. Hairston, who scored 20 points, including four three pointers, and seemed to be the best of all the Tar Heels on the court last night. Besides the shooting guard not many seemed to be shooting too well in the scrimmage. Even worst, free throw shooting seemed to be very off for everyone, with the both squads combining for a 5 for 19 performance.
With a squad like the one North Carolina will field this season, with the out of conference schedule they have as well as the foes in the conference, hitting from the charity stripe is a must, and shooting just above 25% from there is just not going to cut it.
From many places I have read it seems that James McAdoo played the three in this game, which I doubt will be the case when the season begins, so his so-so performance is not to be looked at for both the fact that this was a scrimmage and he was out of his usual role.
On the other hand, fellow big man Kennedy Meeks seems like he is going to be fighting for plenty of playing time, getting a double double with 16 points, mostly on put backs, and 16 rebounds. Of course, I need to once again repeat… this was a scrimmage, and real games will determine how much playing time the freshman will get.
The other two freshmen showed some potential, but most everywhere I read, they did not do much to stand out in this game. It will be interesting to see if they will be able to contribute from the get go this year.
Overall, with the exception of Hairston, who seems ready for the season, but will miss some of it due to his off the court events, the rest of the team was not looking like the season is right around the corner. Again this is but a scrimmage, so I definitely can not wait to see this team as it plays its few exhibition games and then starts its regular season.
After the Blue/White scrimmage coach Williams met with the media, which you can watch on the official site of North Carolina Athletics. And just like you can not start a recap of the game without talking about Hairston, the coach could not have a presser without speaking of his shooting guard. From the sounds of it, a decision on Hairston was closer but the NCAA part still needed to play out, and for that there was no true time table. The coach also said he is expecting McDonald to miss some games due to NCAA related issues. And finally, J.P. Tokoto will miss the exhibition game because he failed to properly file paperwork for a sanctioned Pro-Am game he played over the summer.