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Tar Heels News 9/7/16: Theo Pinson is UNC basketball’s pick for surprise player in 2016

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What did we learn about the ACC in Week 1; UNC’s game vs Illinois now very important

NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal - Syracuse v North Carolina Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Carolina Blue | Jerry Meyer: Coach Roy Williams will visit 6’8” post player Garrison Brooks out of Lafayette Auburn High School in Alabama. UNC hasn’t yet made Brooks an offer. He is ranked 144th in the 247Sports composite.

WRAL Sports Fan | Bob Holliday: Looking at the ACC’s opening weekend, one of the things we learned was that UNC was on the verge of a historic win over Georgia before penalties and poise cost them the game. It was a great chance for the Tar Heels to get that signature win, but they ultimately fell short again.

Chapelboro.com | Art Chansky: The Illinois game this Saturday becomes very important for UNC after their loss to Georgia, and the Tar Heels can’t let the frustration of letting their opener slip away keep them from preparing for the Illini. The road ahead is tough.

GoHeels.com | Adam Lucas: When his teammates were asked which UNC basketball player would surprise people this upcoming season, nearly everyone said Theo Pinson. The lovable junior definitely improved his game as a sophomore, but he knows there is still room to grow in his third year in Chapel Hill.