Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Where are they now: UNC edition

I came across an update on what some former Tarheels are up to professionally and here's what I found:

Rick Fox
In case you've been under a rock, Rick Fox is retiring after a 13-year NBA career. Apparently, he's thinking about concentrating all his efforts on his acting career, and given the current state of his hair, he's considering the lead role in, "The Pedro Martinez Story: Why I Have a Jheri Curl." I'm not sure, but I think it's a love story.

Shammond Williams
Here's what Inside Carolina reports:

Instead of trying to make an NBA team as a deep sub, Shammond Williams has decided to play the 2004-05 season, his seventh as a pro, in Russia. UNICS Kazan, of the Russian Superleague A, announced the signing of Williams to a one-year contract last week.
Williams was a great example of how Dean Smith molded kids from role players into really good college players with solid all-around games (another example is Donald Williams).

Hubert Davis
Davis is like a rash, he just won't go away. He's seemingly been around forever and last week the Dallas Mavericks made him a player-development coach according to the Dallas Morning News. Good for him. I saw Davis speak at a basketball camp right after he graduated and I remember him specifically telling kids that while everyone is dazzled by dunks, don't forget that the goal is to score more points than your opponent. His point was that while dunking is a lot of fun for the fans, everybody in big-time college programs can do it. What a lot of them can't do however, is consistently make jump shots -- so spend more time on the 20-footers than recreating for favorite Chocolate Thunder moments. I often find myself dispensing that advice at the office, but it doesn't have quite the same effect.

Scott Williams
I remember Scott Williams' freshman year at UNC. He basically looked the same, but just a bit goofier. I also remember that he was from California and Dean Smith basically served as a surrogate family for Williams, who lost both his parents right before his freshman year in Chapel Hill. Either way, he's another example of a guy who's found a way to hang around for 15 seasons, and in 2004-05 he'll be playing in Cleveland (probably thanks to that deadbeat Carlos Boozer skipping town for greener pastures).

And what about my all-time favorite Tarheel (at least for this post)?
Well Dante Calabria is playing with Armani Jeans Milano in Italy and in his first game he was 4/6 on 3-pointers and scored 14 points (they won 94-73 for those of you keeping score).

The good news is that Midnight Madness is in 10 days and then there should be some stuff to talk about that actually involves the current team.