Jarrett Jack: Georgia Tech, 6-3, junior, guard: The Jackets didn't meet lofty expectations this season, but Jack was tremendous, averaging 15.5 points, 4.8 boards and 4.5 assists, while shooting 51 percent from the field and 87 percent from the line.
SCOUTING THE NCAA TOURNEY
Jarrett Jack - GEORGIA TECH - PG
Jack rolled his ankle recently, so he was a bit slower, which factored into my analysis. Jack is a smart passer who finds his teammates well, and is smooth at initiating the offense. He protects the ball pretty well, too, which will be important at the next level. He can create his own shot with a basic pull-up jumper, and he appears to be a better shooter than advertised (he's a 51% shooter for the year, so I'm not sure why the word is he's not a good shooter). In fact, he was two of three from 3 pt range, so it looks like he's definitely a serviceable three point shooter (he's shot 44% from 3 point land for the year, which is certainly impressive). On the defensive end, he's tough, and he moves his feet well. Even with a bum wheel he did a pretty good job of keeping his man in front of him and denying passes. At the next level he'll be a solid floor general who can play defense and knock down open jumpers. Add to that, he’s a strong leader. Definitely a player of starting caliber at the NBA level.
Interesting notes about our former ACC ROY turned Huskie.
TARHEEL MAILBAG ON...
... how many players have their career day against UNC
After watching Will Bynum drain a career-high 35 points in the ACC Tournament loss to Georgia Tech, I've become curious as to how many opponents "bring it" when they play Carolina. How many times have opposing players recorded career-high numbers (points, rebounds, blocks, FG%, 3pt, etc.) when they've played the Tar Heels?
Brian McPhail, Chapel Hill
This has been a popular question lately, thanks mostly to Will Bynum, who of course scored 35 points in the ACC Tournament semifinals and then couldn't make a wide-open jumper the next day.
Unfortunately, Carolina doesn't keep track of "career highs against"--that's the kind of thing the other teams would record. But we reached into the Mailbag memory banks to try and come up with some players who have had career-type games against the Heels lately. A nowhere-near exhaustive list (almost all of which will make you shudder) in no particular order: Fred Vinson, both Barry brothers (Jon and Drew), Randolph Childress, Robert O'Kelley, B.J. Elder, Harold Arceneaux, Len Bias, Mark Price, Lakista McCuller, Mark Davis, Tom Gugliotta, Keith Friel, John Crotty, Richard Morgan, Shawan Robinson, Geoff Brower, Steve Alford, Glen Rice, Mark Macon, Darvin Ham, and Titus Ivory.
Thanks a lot, Brian, now you've ruined our day.
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Interesting comments with Cliff Warren once again mentioned.
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