- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 10, 2002

Seen and heard last night at Cole Field House:
CELEBRITIES IN THE HOUSE Washington Wizards center Brendan Haywood sat in the front row watching the North Carolina team he played for last season. Ex-Tar Heels baseball player and Atlanta Braves outfielder B.J. Surhoff was also in Cole, as was former Boston Celtics Hall of Fame coach Red Auerbach. It mush have been a big game if Dick Vitale was hyping it on television.
JEERS FOR JAWAD It was clear as soon as he walked on the floor that North Carolina's Jawad Williams would be the most unpopular man in Cole. The 6-foot-8 freshman and McDonald's All-American was planning on coming to Maryland, according to team sources, before jumping to the Tar Heels. The forward from Cleveland was greeted with chants from the student section like "Hey, Jawad. Any second thoughts?" When he took a foul shot, fans yelled "Liar." One sign vertically read "JAWAD" in capital letters, filled in with "Just Another Wasted Athlete under Doherty." Williams averaged 9.1 points and 2.9 rebounds coming off the bench before last night.
SCOTT'S HOMECOMING Baltimore native Melvin Scott made his first trip back to his home state as a member of the Tar Heels. The freshman point guard used to come to Cole growing up, but didn't seriously consider College Park. It's not a surprise where he went considering answers he gave in the media guide. When asked to name his favorite player growing up, he listed Michael Jordan. What did he like most about UNC? "Michael Jordan went here." But Scott said there was a good chance he would've gone to Seton Hall if coach Tommy Amaker hadn't left for Michigan.
CURRY'S FUTURE UNCLEAR The Tar Heels are still awaiting word on whether starting point guard and football quarterback Ronald Curry will return to the basketball squad. North Carolina defensive end and reserve basketball forward Julius Peppers officially declared Tuesday for the NFL Draft, where he will likely be the No.1 overall pick. The Maryland football team is waiting to hear if All-American linebacker E.J. Henderson will return for his senior season. As of yesterday, he had not made a decision. Underclassmen have until tomorrow to declare for the draft.
Jon Siegel

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