Apr 26, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes (40) pumps his fist after the Warriors made a basket against the Denver Nuggets in the third quarter during game three of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Nuggets 110-108. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

UNC Tar Heels in the Pros: April 20-26

It was an eventful week for Carolina alumni as the NBA playoffs began, MLB play occurs nightly, and the NFL draft’s first through third rounds occurred through the 26th. Let’s take a look at some of the Heels playing well in these sports. 


Apr 19, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager (15) bats during the game against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Texas won 7-0. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Seager: I wrote last week that maybe Kyle Seager’s season was beginning to turn around, and this week shows that I was right. Seager has pushed his average up to .300 and as of the 26th was in a 15 game hitting streak. During the 20-26, Seager hit an astounding 13-for-27. That’s a .481 average. Wow.

Daniel Bard: Daniel Bard lost all command of his pitches in an atrocious 2012 season that saw him sent down to Triple-A. Good for Bard and Tar Heel fans as the 26th saw him back in Fenway when he pitched the final inning of the Red Sox 7-2 win over the Houston Astros. Bard yielded a single, but it is good to see him regaining control of his fastball. Before his problems with control, Bard was one of the better relievers in baseball.


Harrison Barnes: To this writer, and probably most fans, the most exciting first round match up has been between Barnes’ Warriors and the Denver Nuggets. Though Barnes started out slow in the first game scoring only eight points, he came alive in the second game. The Golden State rookie scored 24 points including this impressive dunk (surpassed only in awesomeness by the reaction of Barnes’ teammates). He followed up the 24 in game two with 19 in game three, as the underdog Warriors hold a 2-1 lead over the Nuggets.

Apr 23, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson (3) controls the ball in the third quarter against the Golden State Warriors during game two in the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at the Pepsi Center. The Warriors won 131-117. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Ty Lawson: No one would blame Ty Lawson for being down in the series. Lawson had a slow game one, but he’s played better in the two losses. In game two, Lawson scored 19 points to go along with 12 assists, and in game three, he scored 35 points to go with 10 assists. This series features some awesome fast paced basketball, and the former Carolina point guard is taking advantage.


Giovani Bernard: As I’m sure all of you are aware, the NFL draft occurred this past weekend. Though two UNC players were drafted in the first round, no Carolina player exceeded pre-draft expectations than Bernard. Going with the fifth pick of the second round, Bernard was the first running back selected in this year’s draft. That is the first time that has ever happened for a Carolina running back.


Casey Grice: Though she didn’t make the cut, junior Casey Grice played in the North Texas LPGA Shootout this weekend. Grice won an exemption to play with the nation’s best on the LPGA by shooting an even-par-71 at the North Texas College Shootout. Grice hopes to join the LPGA fulltime after graduation, so even without making the cut, this had to be good experience.




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