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Lucas: Preseason Basketball Notebook – University of North Carolina Athletics


Adam Lucas

Do not say Hubert Davis It’s only the first day of September.

The Carolina head coach was mid-season this week as his Tar Heels went through some NCAA-allowed preseason practices. Official practice for the 2022-23 season will begin in his late September.

With no opponents to prepare for, this week’s two sessions focused on two aspects of the game. It’s about improving individual skills and some of the offensive and defensive principles that form the core of Davis’ system.

However, that doesn’t mean it was an easy workout.

Less than 10 minutes into Thursday’s session, Davis interrupted a very basic full-court layup drill and found what appeared to be a serious error.

“How many times?” he asked the team. “The best way to be successful is to do exactly what I said. When you’re on the left flank, it’s a left hand layup. How can I trust you if I choose not to Maybe when you get on the court, you decide to do things your way and not my way.”

And when they’re on the court together, it’s readily apparent that there are plenty of tar heels vying for playing time. Pete Nance To four returning veterans (Caleb Love, RJ Davis, Armando Baco When leaky black) and that’s five talented and experienced college basketball players.freshman Seth Trimble play as is Jalen Washington. puff johnson Played an important time in the postseason run. Dontrez Styles I hit one of the biggest shots in the NCAA Tournament. Dimarco Dan displayed flash. Justin McCoy Extensive experience with ACC.freshman Tyler Nickel Played bigger than his high school level competition. Will Shaver You have the added benefit of registering early last winter. You can justifiably claim that 13 different players are earning major minutes this season. And there isn’t enough time in a 13-player rotation (even though he has one in mind of Davis’ favorite words that apply to players coming and going). Regular Rotation “Chance always comes. You never know when that chance will come.”)

In other words, gaining the trust of a head coach is the best way to play on a crowded depth chart.

Note: A schedule for the ACC has not yet been announced. Last year he wasn’t released until September 16th, but this year it’s predicted to be around the same date…remember. Hubert Davis He was such a contender that he watched the 1991 team lose to Kansas every year from 1991 until the 2017 National Championship win by the Tar Heels. So it’s no surprise that losing to the Jayhawks in a title match this spring remains fresh in his memory. “One rebound!”…Nance is more than just a shooter. He averaged one block a game last season at Northwestern University and was a defensive presence in pick-ups and practices, in addition to being an aggressive vocal leader…

Due to its well-documented depth, Carolina preseason number one team with a blue ribbon vote. The same poll shows that non-meeting schedules will be tight. The Tar Heels where he played No. 12 Indiana, in the semifinals of PK85 he faced No. 16 Villanova, and in Charlotte he faced No. 18 Michigan, and possibly No. 24 Michigan State. Portland. According to the ACC schedule rotation, Carolina will have two other ACC teams in the ballot, Duke (#5) and Virginia (#20), and Home and Home.

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