Three North Carolina Tar Heel student-athletes were selected to the 2014-15 Naismith Trophy preseason watch list.
The ACC led all conferences with 10 selections, headed by North Carolina’s trio of junior Xylina McDaniel and sophomores Allisha Gray and Stephanie Mavunga.
Gray was also named to the Wade Watch List and was included on the Wooden Award Preseason Top 30 list.
Wake Forest senior forward Dearica Hamby is also on the list, along with Duke senior center Elizabeth Williams.
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The award recognizes the nation’s top female collegiate basketball player.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack men are ranked No. 10 in the CSCAA rankings. North Carolina is No. 15. Other ranked ACC teams include Louisville (8), Virginia Tech (9), Georgia Tech (17) and Florida State (24).
Among women’s teams, North Carolina is ranked No. 14 and N.C. State is No. 20. Virginia (9) and (14), Louisville (17) are the other ranked ACC teams.
North Carolina: Three North Carolina players are among 16 ACC athletes named to all-region teams by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. They All-East Coast Region team includes junior, Victoria McPherson, senior Chaniel Nelson and junior Paige Neuenfeldt.
Duke placed two players on the team: senior Jeme Obeime Amanda Orchard and junior Emily Sklar. Duke sophomore Sasha Karelov was honorable mention.
North Carolina: Mark VanAlstyne was tabbed the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Coach of the Year, the league announced.
VanAlystyne, in his third year at UNC, led North Carolina’s women to their first ACC Championship since 2003. The Tar Heels used that as a springboard to a third-place finish in the NCAA Southeast Regional, and closed out the year by finishing 22nd at the NCAA Championships while racing three true freshmen.
UNC was ranked among the Top 25 nationally among women’s teams throughout the season.
North Carolina: The program signed four of the nation’s top 75 prospects according to Baseball America.
They include No. 47 Jahmai Jones (OF, Norcross, Ga), No. 49 Desmond Lindsay (OF/1B, Sarasota, Fla.), No 57 Brendon Little (LHP, Berwyn, Pa.) and No. 74 Wyatt Cross (C, Broomfield, Colo.).