3 takeaways from first have a look at 2022-23 UNC basketball crew

August 28, 2022

North Carolina’s Dontrez Styles (3) defends Puff Johnson (14) during their Name, Image and Likeness Blue-White game on Saturday, August 27, 2022 at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C.

North Carolina’s Dontrez Kinds (3) defends Puff Johnson (14) throughout their Title, Picture and Likeness Blue-White recreation on Saturday, August 27, 2022 on the Smith Heart in Chapel Hill, N.C.

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North Carolina males’s basketball performed a Blue-White scrimmage on Saturday, absent their jerseys with the trademark argyle sample down the aspect or any interlocking NC insignia on their shorts.

The primary glimpse of the crew that’s doubtlessly going to be ranked preseason No. 1 was dropped at you by title, picture and likeness. The NIL occasion started with gamers signing autographs for individuals who paid $150 for 2 tickets. Then, in entrance of a crowd of some thousand folks that paid $12 for normal admission seats, the sport started on the Dean E. Smith Heart.

The whole Carolina roster participated and was paid, though not everybody performed within the recreation. Senior Leaky Black didn’t play for undisclosed causes. The gamers didn’t tackle the media after the sport.

Freshman Jalen Washington additionally didn’t play, whereas nonetheless in rehabilitation for a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his proper knee. UNC coach Hubert Davis mentioned earlier in the summertime that Washington might be cleared for full participation by the top of August.

Former UNC gamers Garrison Brooks and Sterling Manley have been acknowledged on the court docket. George Lynch blended in with the gang within the stands.

Listed here are three observations from the occasion:

Greater than a glorified pickup recreation

The White crew defeated the Blue crew 80-71, however the gamers persistently competed. The sport, which was predetermined to finish at 80, didn’t have many basket-hanging or the non-existent protection of a sloppy recreation.

The White crew starters have been Armando Bacot, R.J. Davis, Puff Johnson, Justin McKoy, and D’Marco Dunn. Ceighton Lebo and Duwe Farris have been reserves. Former Tar Heels Jawad Williams and Ed Davis served as coaches.

The Blue crew starters have been Caleb Love, Seth Trimble, Dontrez Kinds, Pete Nance and Will Shaver. Tyler Nickel and Jackson Watkins have been reserves. It was coached by former Heels Deon Thompson and Marcus Ginyard.

Davis led all scorers with a game-high 24 factors. Bacot had 19 — together with a 3-pointer, which matched his profession complete from three seasons at UNC. Dunn added 16 factors to finish double determine scorers for the White crew.

Love led the Blue crew with 22 factors together with 4 3s. Trimble had 21 factors in his unofficial Smith Heart debut. Nance and Nickel every added 11 factors for the Blue.

Nance brings defensive presence

The 6-foot-11 Nance averaged 1.1 blocks per recreation final season at Northwestern. Within the scrimmage he not solely blocked photographs, however contested extra that made the shooter alter their kind.

Bacot ranked sixth within the ACC averaging 1.7 blocks per recreation (65 complete) final season. And teamed with Nance within the lineup, the pair may assist the Heels have one of many higher inside defenses within the league.

Early impression for Trimble, Nickel

Hubert Davis was not current on the recreation, however his automobile was parked in his regular spot outdoors of the Smith Heart. He’s going to be challenged determining the best rotation with the variety of gamers who look able to play.

Trimble, a 6-foot-3 guard from Wisconsin, confirmed flashes of the athleticism that his older brother J.P. Tokoto displayed as a former UNC ahead from 2012-15 .

Nickel has the potential to be a fan favourite for the way in which it seems he can warmth up offensively. The freshman ahead from Virginia made three 3-pointers within the second half.

This story was initially revealed August 27, 2022 7:20 PM.

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C.L. Brown covers the College of North Carolina for The Information & Observer. Brown brings greater than 20 years of reporting expertise together with stints because the beat author on Indiana College and the College of Louisville. After a protracted keep on the Louisville Courier-Journal, the place he earned an APSE award, he’s had stops at ESPN.com, The Athletic and even tried his hand at working his personal web site, clbrownhoops.com.

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