With the NBA draft happening this week, some new Tar Heels joined the professional ranks, and other professionals earned awards of their own.
Matt Harvey: The MLB All-Star Game is being hosted by the Mets this year, and some are suggesting Harvey might be the best answer for hometown starter. While that’s good news, the season has been a tough one for the Mets. The team is 4th in the NL East, and manager Terry Collins told the New York Post that they need to be careful not to “overuse” the young ace. He’s had a fantastic season, but his starts might be numbered.
Reggie Bullock: The Carolina wing was drafted 25th overall in this week’s NBA Draft to the Los Angeles Clippers. On a team with super star Chris Paul and dunking master Blake Griffin, the Clippers could use a shooter of Bullock’s ability. This is actually a pretty awesome fit for the Tar Heel. With the addition of proven winner Doc Rivers to coach, the Clippers might be challenging for LA dominance.
Dexter Strickland: Despite not being drafted, Inside Carolina is reporting that the Tar Heel senior is getting an opportunity to showcase his skills for the Lakers in summer league.
While this is far from a guaranteed spot, Strickland will have a chance to compete and showcase his talents. If the Lakers or another NBA team doesn’t give Strickland a chance, he will likely get a chance to keep his basketball career going overseas.
Jonathan Cooper: The Arizona Cardinals first round pick won the UNC male Patterson Medal. The award has been presented annually since 1924 given to the top male and female UNC athletes that exhibit outstanding on field performance as well as leadership qualities. The female winner was women’s lacrosse player Kara Cannizzarro.