Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Alabama transfer considering Tar Heels

North Carolina coach Roy Williams may have found immediate help in the low post after last week's announcement that forwards David and Travis Wear had surprised the coaching staff and were transferring.

Justin Knox, a rising senior who's transferring from Alabama but has a chance to be eligible immediately, may visit North Carolina as soon as this weekend. His uncle, Darien Knox, said Wednesday that Williams and assistant coach Steve Robinson talked to him Monday and said Justin might be the best recruit available because of his experience and skill set.

"By him being 6-9, 245 (pounds), post players are hard to find, especially this late in the game," said Darien Knox, who coaches the Team Alabama summer club team.

Knox averaged 6.3 points and 3.7 rebounds in 19.8 minutes per game as a junior, but Darien Knox said he didn't fit well into coach Anthony Grant's system. The terms of Knox's release from his scholarship were limited. He can't transfer to:

- An SEC school.

- Another school in the Alabama system.

- A school on Alabama's schedule.

On Thursday morning, Darien Knox said, Justin will appeal those restrictions with Alabama. But he's already been cleared to talk to North Carolina, which isn't handcuffed by any of those restrictions.

By this weekend, Darien Knox hopes Justin will be able to visit North Carolina and Georgia Tech. He expects to be eligible immediately under an NCAA graduate student transfer waiver, which is available to players who get their bachelor's degree within three years and want to study in a graduate program not offered at their current school.

Knox, who was the SEC men's basketball scholar-athlete of the year as a sophomore, plans to graduate this summer with a degree in business management. Should he choose the Tar Heels, he would add badly needed depth in the post.

With the Wear twins departing and Ed Davis entering the NBA draft after his sophomore season, North Carolina has only two post players on scholarship - Tyler Zeller and John Henson - for 2010-11.

Ken Tysiac

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

HAHAHAHAHAHA! Times are tough at UNC.... Pinning their hopes on a non-starter, bench rider from Bama'. Maybe they can use him on their football team. He has some weight there at 245lb. Can he throw the ball?

Anonymous said...

Look everyone. Another ABC'er. Yawn. Jealousy sucks doesn't it, moron?

Anonymous said...

Hey guys, I'm a UNC fan, you should be jealous of our 10th place ACC finish and deep run in the NIT tournament last year. If you are not jealous, you are simply wrong.

Anonymous said...

Where does the article state the UNC is "pinning their hopes" on this guy? I agree with 1:26PM - Yawn.... Your vitriol is tiresome. (my guess is you'll need to look that one up).

Anonymous said...

My guess - you are the sort of D-bag that would say something like that.

HAHAHA is right.... said...

Stop wondering why people hate UNC and take a look in the mirror.

It certainly isn't because you cannot beat State in football or Duke/Dayton in basketball.

Anonymous said...

People hate UNC because we beat their butts in every sport, year in and year out. And they absolutely HATE the fact that we don't consider sports to be the major factor in our lives despite that success.

UNC is looking for frontcourt depth and this kid might fill the bill. We aren't 'pinning our hopes' on anyone.

GEAUX TIGERS said...

More like - "Hey guys. I'm a UNC fan. I either 1. The ever outstanding citizen; Walmart classic version. 2. The super dork high school student with malnourished social skills. Now, that Mommy/Daddy have given me Northface clothes and a Tahoe I use words like "vitriol" to make you seem inferior."

Talk about bore...same UNC fan, same diatribe of self proclaimations, MJs the best, LT didn't do it, yada, yada, yada.....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Anonymous said...

Anon- 2:38pm. People do not hate UNC because of their sports programs. They hate UNC bc of their fans.

Look at what you wrote - "People hate UNC because we beat their butts in every sport, year in and year out."

You have lost to State in football the last 3 years. Got swept by Duke in bball this year and lost to Dayton in the final.....of the NIT.

What part don't you get?

Being a realist isn't in the UNC brain. THAT is why people hate UNC.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like more cheating from Ol' Roy since you must sit out one year when you transfer. Oh, but somehow this 1* thug from Alabama will qualify to play this year? LOL! Just like Butch paying football recruits. The hypocrisy is palpable. (<---- UNC-CH word)

Anonymous said...

So this loser sits on Alabama's bench because his game isn't compatible with the team's? Oh. This will be entertaining to watch the further implosion of Roy Williams and the Holes.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the Rams Club will let this guys "rent" the 650K condo Wayne Ellington lived in his senior year.

Richard said...

Talk about typical UNC fans, how about the typical ABC perspective from Anon 2:49. The article clearly states why the young man would be eligible and someone who is preparing to earn their degree in 3 years hardly sounds like a thug. Maybe this young man can teach some of folk on here how to read.

Anonymous said...

So Roy is pinning his hopes on an SEC benchwarmer? Things look DESPERATE in Chapel Hill. Doh!

Anonymous said...

ABCers don't need a reason to hate UNC, they just do. Nothing fans or teams do or say is going to change that. Moreover, the reason the haters crow so loudly when their teams have success against UNC has nothing to do with fact, they just hate for the fun of it. They get a charge out of hating. The joy of hate is what drives a hater, no matter the object of that hate.

Anonymous said...

No one cares what the lesser mortal ABC'ers think, their lives will always be meaningless. If Roy likes the kid and adding him makes sense, so let it be done.

Anonymous said...

Anon- 2:38pm. People do not hate UNC because of their sports programs. They hate UNC bc of their fans.

Look at what you wrote - "People hate UNC because we beat their butts in every sport, year in and year out."

You have lost to State in football the last 3 years. Got swept by Duke in bball this year and lost to Dayton in the final.....of the NIT.

What part don't you get?

Being a realist isn't in the UNC brain. THAT is why people hate UNC.


--What a great, great post. But what's unfortunate is the arrogant, entitled idiots will still "claim" to be better at anything. LOL. Hell of a brainwashing job ongoing at the mole hill..