UNC begins Bahamas challenge

The North Carolina Tar Heels will be the next National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I team to take on The Bahamas challenge as the Bahamas Basketball Federation’s (BBF) Summer of Thunder exhibition series continues tomorrow at the Kendal GL Isaacs National Gymnasium.

The Tarheels are no strangers to The Bahamas. In fact, this will be the fourth trip to Nassau that UNC has taken during the Roy Williams era, with the other two trips having taken place prior to the 2005-06 and 2010-11 seasons.

Carolina will play the Bahamas All-Stars on Friday afternoon and the New Providence Basketball Association All-Stars on Saturday.  Tar Heel players will have Sunday to enjoy the sun and fun in The Bahamas before returning to Chapel Hill on Monday morning.

 “We get our freshmen used to playing at a faster tempo than they have ever played and seeing how they fit in,” UNC coach Roy Williams said about the trip.

“And it gives us an early indication of how fast we may able to go when we start preseason practice.”

UNC returns 11 players from last year’s team, including three starters in seniors Kenny Williams, Cam Johnson and Luke Maye.

NCAA rules allow for teams to take preseason trips internationally once every four years, and the teams participating are allowed to have 10 extra practices to prepare for the event they are taking place in.