By Dave Glenn and Staff
March 23, 2005
Today’s Best ACC Links:
Bryan Strickland* of the Durham (N.C.) Herald-Sun writes that Duke senior Daniel Ewing is savoring his last trip through the NCAA Tournament, especially as the Blue Devils’ postseason route turns to the same place (Austin, Texas) where Ewing twice won high school championships.
Paul McMullen of the Baltimore Sun profiles North Carolina guard Melvin Scott, who has survived a difficult childhood in Baltimore, multiple school expulsions and arrests, and an up-and-down experience in Chapel Hill to become a resilient reserve in his final season with the Tar Heels.
John Delong* of the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal notes that Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski won’t apologize for his much-discussed appearances in NCAA Tournament commercials and isn’t planning any changes in the way he approaches such matters. “Whoever is a naysayer is probably somebody who isn’t getting those opportunities,” Krzyzewski said.
Rob Daniels* of the Greensboro (N.C.) News & Record says that one of the keys to N.C. State’s season is that the team has managed to maintain the confidence shown by star guard Julius Hodge, even through times of despair.
Jason Reid of the Los Angeles Times discusses the college career and NBA status of North Carolina freshman Marvin Williams, who’s projected as a top-five draft pick if he comes out this year but has the humble personality of someone who may stay in Chapel Hill for one more season.
Arthur Staple of Newsday profiles N.C. State star Julius Hodge, who grew up on 151st Street in Harlem. Hodge has continued to put on entertaining shows for the Wolfpack, even during what he calls his most challenging season in Raleigh. Also see Alan Schmadtke* of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel.
Ed Hardin of the Greensboro (N.C.) News & Record writes that if you think the heartache-filled descriptions of Wake Forest’s second-round NCAA loss are too melodramatic, you don’t know Winston-Salem or Wake Forest very well.
Scott Fowler of the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer offers five reasons why Duke guard J.J. Redick is the most publicly ridiculed player in the nation, along with some input from Redick himself.
Brett Honeycutt of the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer notes that the biggest connection between the schools involved in tonight’s Maryland-Davidson NIT matchup is former coach Lefty Driesell.
Omar Kelly* of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel offers an update from Miami’s spring football practices, including the news that star defensive tackle Orien Harris will miss the remainder of drills after undergoing shoulder surgery.
- — writer has contributed to the ACC Sports Journal and/or ACCSports.com
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