North Carolina could see two of its former players drafted in the 2018 NBA draft on Thursday.
Joel Berry and Theo Pinson, who both played four years at UNC, are hoping their names are called by NBA commissioner Adam Silver. Both Pinson and Berry are seen as fringe prospects, that if drafted, are expected to go at the end of the second round of the NBA draft. There are 60 picks in the draft.
Berry, who's 6-0 and 195 pounds, averaged 17.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists as a senior for the Tar Heels. He worked out for the Sacramento Kings in May.
Pinson, who is 6-6, 220 pounds, averaged 10.3 points per game, 6.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game as a senior. He participated in the NBA draft combine, and worked out with multiple teams including the Charlotte Hornets.
UNC coach Roy Williams said last week that he planned on calling all the teams that were interested in his two players to find out what they think about them.
"If it's somebody that I think could legitimately be considering Joel and Theo, then I'll probably call them and talk to them and see if I can clear up some things and hopefully help them," Williams said.
According to cbssports.com, both players are expected to go undrafted. Nbadraft.net also has both players going undrafted.
According to nbadraftroom.com, it projects Pinson to be drafted No. 57 overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Williams said he considers Pinson an "NBA player." He said he is trying to get teams to look at Pinson as a point guard.
"Theo was more of a playmaker than anybody we had," Williams said. "He's 6-6 and so they like that size at point guard. Everybody has questions about whether the ball is going into the basket when he shoots it, but there's a lot of guys that have been successful in the NBA that didn't shoot it as well as everybody wanted them to."
"He can make plays for other people."
The draft is set to begin at 7 p.m. Thursday night from Brooklyn's Barclays Center.