Chapel Hill, NC - North Carolina has dismissed fifth-year senior Will Graves from the team.
Coach Roy Williams said Thursday that Graves (from Dudley High School in Greensboro) didn't comply with team rules, though he says in a statement from the school that it had nothing to do with "any NCAA matters on campus."
The NCAA is investigating the football program for improper benefits and possible academic misconduct involving a tutor. The school has said that tutor didn't work with any men's basketball players.
Graves was the team's third-leading scorer at about 10 points per game and was the team's top 3-point shooting threat. Two seasons ago, Williams suspended Graves at midseason for not complying with team standards, sidelining him during the run to the 2009 national championship.
Official Release from the University of North Carolina:
Graves dismissed from UNC Basketball team
Chapel Hill --- Fifth-year senior forward Will Graves has been dismissed from the University of North Carolina men's basketball team for failure to comply with team rules, head coach Roy Williams announced today.
Graves red-shirted in 2006-07 then played in 92 games over the past three seasons. He scored 513 points at UNC, including 353 last year, when he averaged 9.8 points per game and was the Tar Heels' third-leading scorer.
The Greensboro, N.C., native made seven three-pointers and scored a career-high 25 points in the 2010 NIT championship game against Dayton.
"This is 100 percent not related to any NCAA matters on campus," says head coach Roy Williams. "I hate this for Will. He worked extremely hard this summer to get himself physically in the best shape he's been in years, but he did not do everything he needed to do to be a part of our basketball program. This is a huge blow to our team, but an even bigger blow for Will. Playing for the Tar Heels meant so much to him."
Associate Director of Athletics for Communications University of North Carolina
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