A few items to peruse while trying to shake off that woozy feeling Kurt Thomas gives you…
- Carolina March has an interesting piece from an interview with Sole Collector about Duke’s uniforms the past several years and the changing nature of Nike’s basketball uniform designs.
- UNC’s 2010-11 men’s basketball season highlight video is up at Carolina’s new media site. (Conspicuously absent: Larry Drew highlights..) Definitely worth a watch if you have a spare 20 minutes.
- Eamonn Brennan over at ESPN makes the case that Harrison Barnes’ decision to stay at UNC is part of a larger shift that’s good for the college game. Whether that’s true beyond a lockout-looming year remains to be seen.
- As if Ken Pomeroy’s website isn’t already an invaluable enough fount of knowledge, he has added a new feature: viewing a coach’s resume and historical tendencies so that, in his words, “for the first time, you can see in one glance the insanity of Joe Scott, the metamorphosis of Jeff Bzdelik, and the single-mindedness of Leonard Hamilton.” Awesome new tool, and couldn’t have said it better myself.
- James McAdoo garnered the MVP at the Jordan Classic this past weekend, going for 26 points and 14 boards on 10-of-16 from the field and 2-2 from 3pt range. Also, he will be coming off the bench for UNC next year. In a related story, Carolina will be very good.
- For more proof that the UNC guys are loving college, check out this video of Kendall Marshall losing the “cinnamon challenge” - where you try to down a spoonful of cinnamon without gagging or inhaling the powder. It goes about as poorly as things like this always do, but remains fun to watch.
- As if the future wasn’t already looking bright enough at Carolina, 6-9 Desmond Hubert, the best remaining center prospect in the 2011 class according to Dave Telep, will attend UNC next year, giving the Tar Heels even more frontcourt depth.
- And finally, while this New York Times piece isn’t quite about Duke, but the program and issue are part of the article. It’s a well-written feature about the role of social media in recruiting, and the dangerous place between a fan’s enthusiasm and insanity. None of the points in the piece are particularly new, but it’s an interesting look at the tricky side fans’ ability to connect to big-time athletes through services like Facebook and Twitter; sometimes that conversation turns into all-out abuse.