By Dave Glenn and Staff
June 21, 2005
Today's Best ACC Links
Luciana Chavez* of the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer notes that the Charlotte Bobcats, who have the No. 5 pick in the upcoming NBA draft, are giving heavy consideration to point guards Chris Paul (Wake) and Raymond Felton (UNC). Also see Bill Cole* of the Winston-Salem Journal and Steve Phillips of the High Point (N.C.) Enterprise on Felton.
Jeff Carlton* of the Greensboro (N.C.) News & Record catches up with Sean May (UNC), who still expects to be a lottery pick in next week's NBA draft. "Their main thing is they want body fat down, you're cut, looking good," May said. "I was best working around 255 (pounds). I started the season at 253 and it worked out well for me, so I'm trying to get back down there now."
Luciana Chavez* of the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer also reports that yet another NBA coach has described Julius Hodge (NCSU) as a prospect on the rise. Also see Steve Phillips of the High Point (N.C.) Enterprise. "He's one of the toughest guys I've been around," Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "He just keeps coming after you. ... Because of his toughness defensively, he can really help a team in terms of getting you more possessions."
Neil Amato* of the Durham (N.C.) Herald-Sun reports that Rashad McCants (UNC) cut short another workout Monday, this time after apparently injuring his hamstring 45 minutes into an hour workout for the Charlotte Bobcats. Also see Luciana Chavez* of the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer, Steve Phillips of the High Point (N.C.) Enterprise, and Tom Sorensen (column) of the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer. "My agent's been telling me great things from the teams I've worked out for," McCants said. "No one questions my ability."
Neil Amato* of the Durham (N.C.) Herald-Sun explains that, if Shavlik Randolph (Duke) want to return to Duke for his senior season, he has until 5 p.m. today to notify the NBA of his intentions. Also see Brian Murphy* of the Macon (Ga.) Telegraph on Jarrett Jack (Georgia Tech), who's projected as a first-round selection and is considered likely to remain in the draft.
Tom Berry* of the High Point (N.C.) Enterprise catches up with Wake Forest football coach Jim Grobe, who said he received plenty of greetings and positive comments from Wake and ACC fans while attending the U.S. Open in Pinehurst.
Nick French of the Boston Globe reports on the Monday commitment of rising senior guard Anthony Gurley to Wake Forest. Gurley also had scholarship offers from Boston College, N.C. State, Miami, Iowa State, Massachusetts and Memphis. Also see Dan Collins of the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal, Rob Daniels* of the Greensboro (N.C.) News & Record, and Dan Ventura of the Boston Herald.
Jeff White* of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch reports that Virginia has added a very late 2005 football signee, junior college punter and kickoff specialist Ryan Weigand. He'll have three seasons of eligibility with the Cavaliers. Also see the Charlottesville (Va.) Daily Progress on the Wahoos' sixth commitment from the Class of 2006.
Thad Mumau* of the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer offers his weekly ACC basketball recruiting notes, including updates on Wake Forest, UNC and Miami.
Roscoe Nance of USA Today writes that Detroit Pistons coach Larry Brown (UNC) hasn't been hampered by his medical problems during the NBA finals, leading some to believe that he'll remain with the team beyond this season. Also see Chris McCosky of the Detroit News, Dave Krieger (column) of the Rocky Mountain (Colo.) News, and Bob Wojnowski (column) of the Detroit News. Mark Heisler of the Los Angeles Times believes Motown already is in Brown's rearview mirror.
Terry Foster of the Detroit News writes that San Antonio Spurs star Tim Duncan (Wake) has come through when his team needed him most, after struggling at times earlier in the NBA finals. Also see Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.
John Harris of the Toledo (Ohio) Blade writes that it was the defensive error of Detroit forward Rasheed Wallace (UNC) that put the Pistons in the difficult position of facing a 3-2 deficit to San Antonio in the NBA finals. Also see Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News.
Michael Wilbon of the Washington Post tells the interesting tale of San Antonio Spurs forward Tony Massenburg (Maryland), who's finally on the verge of becoming an NBA champion, after traveling a long and winding road that took him to 12 NBA teams in 15 years. "A lot of young guys don't know my story," Massenburg said. "But I get respect on the court because players know players."
Nunyo Demasio of the Washington Post has an update on embattled Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor (Miami), who's planning to plead not guilty to two felony charges on Friday. Also see David Elfin of the Washington Times, who writes that the charges against Taylor may be dropped.
- -- writer has contributed to the ACC Sports Journal and/or ACCSports.com
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