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N.C. Pro Am Opening Night Was Not Disappointing

The NC Pro Am tipped off on Thursday and most fans were anxious to see how N.C. State freshman Rodney Purvis would look playing among his new ACC family.  Purvis didn’t disappoint as he was the night’s leading scorer with 35 points and looked just as tough and chiseled as some of the floor’s veterans.  Purvis’s teammate C.J. Leslie was second in scoring on the night and proved that the duo will be formidable entering next season as the rest of the ACC will take note.  

There was another big performance from former Nofolk State guard Michael DeLoach. When you see him, he never looks like he should be able to explode-stretch to the bucket for the dunks he showed off on Thursday night, repeatedly.  Deloach was teamed up with Portland Trailblazer-guard, Nolan Smith, and that backcourt looked as good as any showing a lot of explosion and solid footwork on fast-breaks. 

When announcer, Bill Murphy announced over the PA system, that Smith’s former Duke teammate, Austin Rivers, had been drafted to the New Orleans Hornets, Smith and Seth Curry gave each other a smiling nod of approval at half-court.   Loud cheers erupted from the stands when it was announced that both UNC’s Harrison Barnes and John Henson had been drafted. 

One of the big stories from last summer’s Pro-Am league was when UNC shooting guard, Leslie McDonald sustained a season-ending knee injury during one of the games. However, a few hours before his debut at this year’s Pro-Am, McDonald tweeted,

“I've been playing intense pickup games with the NBA alumni and my teammates ....I believe I'll be fine in the ProAm ‪#Lol” 

McDonald proved it with a few quick flashes to the hoop and an amazing alley-oop dunk from Tar Heel teammate, P.J. Hairston.  After losing Harrison Barnes to the NBA, the Tar Heels must feel a little better knowing that McDonald is healthy again and that there won't be as big of a void in their perimeter play.

2012 NC Pro AM Rosters 


Team Navy

Athletes Foot

751 South

Drimir Ferguson

Josh Powell

John Wall

T.J. Warren

Poobie Chapman

Haywood Fain

Tyler Thorton

Tyler Lewis

Ray Willis

C.J. Williams

Ryan Kelly

Rodney Purvis

Stanton Kidd

Omar Carter

David Williams

Ralston Turner

Ramon Johnson

Jontae Sherrod

Kory Vandussen

Patrick Johnson

Jay Copeland

Kellen Brand

Kyle Cain

Julius Hodge

Alphonso Houston

Adam Constantine

Will Burton

Travis Simpson

Tracey O’Neal

Tracey Smith

Marquise Hines

Jordan Potts

Raymond Felton

Evan Hines

Richard Howell

Kayel Locke

Antawn Jamison

Nolan Smith

Alex Johnson

Quincy Warren

Danny Green


Gary Clark

Galen Young


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Sheraton Imperial

J.P. Tokoto

Brandon Oliver

Sean May

Rasheed Wallace

Reggie Bullock

Mark Oliver

Mason Plumlee

P.J. Hairston

Quinn Cook

Josh Hairston

Rasheed Sulaimon

Andre Dawkins

C.J. Leslie

Stan Okoye

Amile Jefferson

Marcus Fisher

Marshall Plumlee

Mike Deloach

Marvin Williams

Leslie McDonald

Bo Ingram

Jarrett Brown

Justin Watts

Wakefield Ellison

Ben Hansbrough

Kyrie Irving

David Noel

Myles Plumlee

Joel James

Ebuka Anyaorah

James McAdoo

Mikeal Faulcon

Sammy Monroe


Darrell Armstrong


Josh Morrison


Nick Paulos


Cornelius Snow


Kevin McNeil


Jamian Newton


Dominique Sutton


 Games will resume on July 10. Make sure you get there early if you want a good seat. 

Reader Comments (1)

Thanks for the story on the Pro Am. I'm eager for all the info you can give. By the way, is there anywhere online to get the box scores? Keep the articles coming!

July 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCecieJ

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