Every year, Late Night With Roy is a highly anticipated event that essentially serves as the birth of the Carolina basketball season. Fortunately, it will take place even earlier than normal this year, as it is scheduled for September 27th inside the Dean E. Smith Center, a day before the football team welcomes the defending national champion Clemson Tigers to Kenan Stadium.
As per usual, it will feature a vast range of entertainment, from goofy dances to intense scrimmages. It generally provides the fans with an opportunity to get to know both the men’s and women’s teams better on and off the court.
Speaking of, this edition of LNWR figures to be especially intriguing given how many fresh faces will be featured on Roy Williams’ squad.
Cole Anthony is the obvious name that comes up when discussing the newcomers. Anthony was a consensus five-star and top-five recruit coming out of high school. Everyone who’s watched him play has buzzed about him. Jerry Meyers from 247sports even said Anthony was the best point guard prospect he’s ever scouted. The super athletic freshman figures to make a major impact in what is likely to be his only season with the Heels.
Armando Bacot is another freshman that will probably get to see the floor plenty. He could be the true center that Roy Williams is looking for in order to return to his traditional two-big lineup. Also a five-star recruit, Bacot is extremely long and very skilled when he has the ball under the basket. Given their close friendship, it will be interesting to see how well he and Anthony’s chemistry can translate to the court.
The other new guys include incoming freshmen Anthony Harris and Jeremiah Francis as well as graduate transfers Christian Keeling and Justin Pierce. Having been away from basketball for almost two years due to injuries, Francis’ role this season is still up in the air. However, the other three are all expected to contribute in some way, shape, or form.
This year’s LNWR host has not yet been announced, though it will presumably be someone who hasn’t done it before. In recent years, they have cycled through people with connections to Carolina. Antawn Jamison, Molly Sullivan, Kenny Smith, and Jesse Holley are just a few of the names who have taken on the job. Of course, before that, the late Stuart Scott served as the perennial host before he lost his battle with cancer.
Regardless of who’s leading it, the event is sure to offer plenty of excitement and entertainment as always. Admission is free, so come out to the Smith Center on September 27th and support your Tar Heels!