Weekend roundup: Storming and pitching


Some Tar-Heels-hoops-related stories, notes and quotes from the weekend:

STORMING GASTONIA: The ACC senior All-Stars -- which included North Carolina's Tyler Zeller and Justin Watts -- completed their yearly Barnstorming Tour in Gastonia, N.C., where they beat a team of local high school seniors 138-118. According to Phillip Gardner of The Gaston Gazette:

The ACC players dunked as often as possible and tried to show their long-distance range as well.

“This is a very typical night,” Zeller said. “We go out and have fun with it. We have a good time. We’re not trying to be too serious, just trying to make sure we have a good time and try to put on a show.”

UNC underclassmen Kendall Marshall, John Henson and Harrison Barnes -- who are leaving school early for the NBA draft -- didn’t play, but served as honorary coaches during the game.

FIRST PITCH: Marshall -- his still-healing right wrist still in a brace -- threw out the first pitch during the UNC baseball team’s 4-2 loss to Georgia Tech on Saturday.

Check out the pictures of the Cousy Award winner's pitch in this photo gallery from tarheelblue.com.

SLAMMING WITH THE ZELLERS: Slamonline.com’s Adam Maher did a Q&A with UNC’s Zeller as well as his younger brother, Indiana’s Cody. They are part of a competitive, yet close, family. A few highlights:

SLAM: I heard practically everything was a competition with your brothers when you guys were growing up. You guys even used to save your pizza crust to see who ate the most slices?

TZ: Yeah we still do that.

SLAM: That’s funny. The record was like 21?

TZ: I don’t know -- it depends on where you go. So, some places have bigger pizzas than others, and we’ve had pancake-eating contests -- everything we do is pretty much a contest. We have fun with it.

SLAM: Did you ever imagine that all three of you would be Indiana Mr. Basketball, all three of you would play big-time DI? Did you ever dream you’d be going to the NBA -- just last week Cody had to publicly announce that he wasn’t declaring for the draft, because so many people wanted to know.

TZ: I think it’s something that you always dream about as little kids. You never really fathom that it will become true. For all three of us to play major DI basketball is incredible -- Luke’s in the D-League (Austin Toros) trying to get into the NBA, and hopefully I get in this year. So, it’s been a great experience, and something you don’t ever really think is capable of happening.

JAMISON ON HENSON: In a weekly series breaking down players who could be available when the Cavaliers draft, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer’s Mary Schmitt Boyer talked to former UNC forward Antawn Jamison about Henson, who is projected to be a lottery pick.

Jamison’s breakdown:

"I don't think you can put him in the same category as me," Jamison said. "I think he's got a little bit more athleticism than I do.

"But defensively, he's phenomenal because of his athleticism and how long he is. I give a camp every year and he comes. Just a great character guy. When I go back to Carolina, he's always working on his game. Last year he wanted to work on being able to shoot the jumper a little bit, and he has improved on that. He does have some unorthodox style to him when it comes to the offensive end, but he's a Carolina guy. All Carolina guys are good pros. They went through the system. [Coach] Roy [Williams] has done a great job. [Henson's] a great character guy who wants to improve. He kind of reminds me of Tristan [Thompson] a little bit. With the right situation and the right team, he's a guy who could flourish."

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