North Carolina preview capsule
Last season: 33-7, won program's sixth NCAA championship.
Nickname: Tar Heels.
Coach: Roy Williams.
Conference: Atlantic Coast.
Who's gone: SF Justin Jackson, F/C Kennedy Meeks, F Isaiah Hicks, F Tony Bradley Jr., G Nate Britt.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Tony Bradley is staying in the NBA draft and won't return to school for his sophomore season.
Bradley announced his decision Wednesday, the last day the NCAA allows players without agents to return to school and preserve their eligibility.
The 6-foot-11 Bradley helped the Tar Heels win their sixth NCAA championship in March, and told The Associated Press after the Gonzaga win in the title game that he was "100 percent" going to test the waters.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina swingman Theo Pinson will return for his senior season after declaring for the NBA draft.
The school announced Pinson's decision Wednesday. Pinson didn't hire an agent to preserve his college eligibility.
In a statement, Pinson said he was "glad I took the time to explore" the draft process.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina has signed 6-foot-10 forward Garrison Brooks as a late recruiting addition to bolster a depleted frontcourt.
The Tar Heels announced Brooks' signing Monday. The Lafayette, Alabama product and four-star prospect had originally signed with Mississippi State but received a release last month to reopen his recruitment.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina point guard and Final Four most outstanding player Joel Berry II is withdrawing from the NBA draft to return for his senior season.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina juniors Joel Berry II and Theo Pinson will join freshman Tony Bradley in declaring for the NBA draft, though they won't hire agents.
The school announced the moves Monday.
Berry was the Final Four's most outstanding player as the Tar Heels beat Gonzaga for their sixth NCAA championship April 3. The 6-foot point guard averaged 14.7 points.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The 2016-17 season is over, with North Carolina holding off Gonzaga to win the national championship for the program's sixth NCAA title.
The win for the Tar Heels wrapped up the season's biggest story line: How North Carolina would bounce back from a buzzer-beating loss in last year's finale.
Let's take an early look at some of the threads to watch leading into next season. March Madness set up preludes to next season for numerous programs, players and coaches:
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — North Carolina freshman big man Tony Bradley says he will declare for the NBA draft to test the waters and wouldn't rule out the possibility of hiring an agent.
Bradley spoke after the Tar Heels beat Gonzaga 71-65 on Monday night to win their sixth NCAA championship. Bradley says he's "100 percent" on taking advantage of rules making it easier for prospects to work out for teams while maintaining their eligibility provided they don't hire an agent.
Some things to watch in the NCAA championship game
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Some things to watch for in Monday night's NCAA championship game:
IN THE MIDDLE
Both teams have size in the middle and quality depth at the position.
Gonzaga's 7-foot-1, 300-pound Przemek Karnowski will go at North Carolina's 6-10, 260-pound Kennedy Meeks.
Williams: Bradley could return for No. 9 UNC at BC
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina coach Roy Williams says freshman Tony Bradley Jr. could return Saturday against Boston College after missing two games with a concussion.
Williams said Friday that Bradley has been cleared to play and went through a limited practice Wednesday followed by a shooting workout Thursday. He said Bradley would be on course to play as long as he has no setbacks following Friday afternoon's practice.
No. 11 North Carolina's 96-83 win against No. 9 Florida State was everything a Top 15 matchup should be. There were five ties and five lead changes between the Noles (16-2, 4-1 ACC) and Heels (16-3, 4-1 ACC) before Roy William's home team handed Leonard Hamilton's its first conference loss of the season and ended FSU's longest winning streak ever after 12 straight wins.
But before UNC put the game away with an 8-0 run late in the second, it was never a double-digit game.
UNC’s Bradley to miss game with No. 9 FSU due to concussion
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina freshman Tony Bradley Jr. won't play Saturday for the 11th-ranked Tar Heels against No. 9 Florida State due to a concussion.
The team tweeted from its official account Friday that Bradley was "improving" but it's unclear when he can return. Team spokesman Matt Bowers says the 6-foot-11 native of Bartow, Florida has yet to be cleared for any basketball-related activities.
No. 7 North Carolina gets late block, edges Tennessee 73-71
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Nate Britt hasn't been able to make up for the offense and shooting touch lost with North Carolina's starting point guard sidelined by an ankle injury.
Still, the senior was good enough in the final minutes of a tight game to help the No. 7 Tar Heels complete a big comeback — with some help from a couple of freshmen.