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With the 13th pick, the LG Sakers, fresh off their failed experiment with Davon Jefferson, drafted Bouldin. As he was making his way to sign his contract, the Goyang Orions selected Jackson at No. 14. Jackson, who grew up in a tough part of Memphis, said it was a life-changing moment. He suddenly had a six-figure deal. “I don’t know if you can understand where I came from,” he said. “I’m just thankful right now.” As the proceedings came to a close, most of the players, including McCants and Parker, had gone undrafted. Parker remained seated for several minutes before he retrieved his maroon suitcase at the back of the room. He was headed home to Brooklyn.
“I worked and I earned everything I’ve ever done,” said Jamison, who majored in African-American studies and said all of his classes were legitimate. He also said of McCants: “Rashad’s a good cat. … I just think he’s searching. … But don’t try to bring down a university because you don’t have a good relationship with the coaching staff.” Jamison, 38, is a 16-year NBA veteran who grew up in Charlotte and went to Providence High. He most recently played for the L.A. Clippers, although he was not on an NBA roster at the end of the 2013-14 season.
I interviewed Jamison on Thursday before he played in the HoopTee celebrity golf tournament at Ballantyne Country Club that benefited Hornets president Fred Whitfield’s “Achievements Unlimited Basketball School” for underprivileged kids. “I just think he’s a clown,” Jamison said of McCants. “I think he’s in a situation where he’s looking for attention. It’s just sad.”
McCants, who played on the 2005 UNC national-title team, told ESPN’s Outside The Lines that coach Roy Williams knew of players skipping classes. He also said tutors wrote papers for players. Green, a former Tar Heel, denied the claim. “The more attention you give it, the more relevance it’s going to have,” Green said. “It shouldn’t. I got my degree. I earned my degree. I’m proud of it. I know everybody was there with me in my classes. We worked. I did everything the right way. Coach Williams did everything the right way.”
Sixteen players from North Carolina’s 2005 national championship team issued the following statement Friday to the Associated Press responding to former teammate Rashad McCants’ allegations of academic misconduct: “We are proud of our accomplishments both on and off the floor at UNC. With conviction, each one of us is proud to say that we attended class and did our own academic work. We want to thank our advisers and counselors who supported us, while also maintaining the integrity of the institution. We also want to make it clear that Coach (Roy) Williams and his staff operated with the highest level of ethics and integrity within their respective roles. We are forever grateful for the lessons we learned on the court, in the classroom and during our time in Chapel Hill.
McCants told OTL that Williams was aware of classes in the university’s African and African American Studies (AFAM) department in which Tar Heels players were not required to attend but only to turn in a paper near the close of the semester. “I strongly disagree with what Rashad has said,” Williams said in a statement released by the athletic department. “In no way did I know about or do anything close to what he says, and I think the players whom I have coached over the years will agree with me. “I have spent 63 years on this Earth trying to do things the right way, and the picture he portrays is not fair to the university or me.”