The Tar Heels' most experienced returning player Only player returning who scored in the national championship game win over Illinois Played 20 minutes in the championship game and was on the floor primarily for defensive purposes in the final minutes Is the leading returning scorer and rebounder from a year ago Averaged 3.9 points last year, the lowest scoring average by UNC's leading returning scorer since at least the end of World War II (previous was Ed Cota, 8.1 ppg in 1999-2000) Has played in 96 games and has 480 career points, an average of 5.0 per game Has made 20 starts, 17 of which came in his freshman year Has played all of the frontcourt positions Played mostly at small forward as a junior Became an outstanding defensive presence, often rotating with Jackie Manuel to guard the opponent's best perimeter scorer Paid his own way to compete as a freshman after turning down grant-in-aid offers from Division I football programs, including Carolina Awarded a scholarship prior to his sophomore season Has shot better than 53 percent from the floor in his career Scored in double figures 12 times with a career-high of 21 against DePaul on March 18, 2003 Also had a career-high 11 rebounds in that game Durham resident threw out the first pitch for the Durham Bulls' 2005 season opener.
JUNIOR SEASON (2004-05)
Played in all 37 games and shot 54.8 percent (57-104) from the field Second on the team in field goal accuracy behind Sean May Made at least half of his field goal attempts in 22 of 37 games Averaged 3.9 points and 2.6 rebounds Played primarily at small forward after spending two seasons out of position at power forward and center Was able to move to small forward with the addition of 6-9 freshman Marvin Williams Played 20 or more minutes nine times Played his best basketball late in the season after Rashad McCants went out of the lineup for four games due to illness The Tar Heels went 4-0 in that stretch with wins at Maryland and NC State and at home against Florida State and Duke Did not attempt a shot from the floor, yet was a key player in UNC's win at NC State as he helped limit Julius Hodge to 7 of 16 shooting and forcing Hodge into five turnovers Had a season-high 12 points, grabbed four rebounds and tied a season-best with three assists at Maryland Made 5 for 7 from the field and hit 2 of 3 from three-point range Last-second slam dunk gave the Tar Heels a 47-37 lead at halftime Handed out a career-high eight assists (against just one turnover) in 21 minutes against FSU Teamed with Manuel to hold J.J. Redick scoreless in the second half of Carolina's 75-73 win over Duke that clinched sole possession of first place in the ACC regular-season standings Reached behind Daniel Ewing and knocked the ball away for a steal with 27 seconds to play Raymond Felton recovered the loose ball and the Tar Heels scored the go-ahead and winning points on the ensuing possession Scored seven points total in UNC's six NCAA Tournament wins, including four in the national semifinal vs. Michigan State Two of those against the Spartans came on an emphatic fastbreak slam dunk that was featured on CBS's video "One Shining Moment" Added four rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal against the Spartans Had six rebounds and two assists in the ACC Tournament win over Clemson Grabbed his 300th career rebound in the win at Florida State Had six points (two on a breakaway reverse slam) and tied a career-high with four steals (all in the first half) in the win over NC State in Chapel Hill Scored six points and added four rebounds, two assists and two steals in the win at Virginia Grabbed a season-high eight rebounds and had three assists at Wake Forest Scored 10 points on 4 of 4 shooting and added five rebounds in the 91-78 win over Kentucky Had four points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in the win at Indiana Had eight points in the Maui championship game win over Iowa Had seven points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals and was the defensive player of the game against BYU Was UNC's defensive player of the game at Virginia.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2003-04)
Played in Carolina's final 24 games after missing the opening six contests due to a right thumb injury Tore a ligament that required surgery after colliding with a teammate in practice November 4 Underwent surgery eight days later Returned for the Wake Forest game on December 20 Averaged 5.4 points and 4.9 rebounds and shot 56.2 percent from the floor Made at least half his shots from the floor in 17 of 24 games Shot 61.0 percent from the floor (25 for 41) in the 13 wins in which he saw action Had five or more offensive rebounds on five different occasions Scored seven points, grabbed three rebounds and blocked two shots in 18 minutes of action in his first game back, the triple overtime loss to Wake Forest Had six offensive rebounds in the win over UNC Wilmington Scored a season-high 16 points against Coastal Carolina in his first start of the season Went 6 for 7 from the field and 4 for 4 from the free throw line, pulled down six rebounds and had three assists, two blocks and three steals in the 105-72 victory Netted seven points and grabbed eight rebounds in the win over 8th-ranked Georgia Tech Recorded his first double-double of the season and second of his career with 12 points and 10 boards at Maryland Tied his career high with four steals against the Terps Battling Connecticut's big and talented frontline, he had nine points and eight rebounds in the Tar Heels' win over the No. 1 ranked Huskies Scored six points and had five rebounds in 13 minutes in the first half as Carolina built a 50-36 lead Answered a dunk by Charlie Villanueva with an alley-oop slam of his own Scored eight points in the 68-66 win over NC State Hit a three-pointer and grabbed seven rebounds in the road win at Wake Forest Had six points, eight rebounds and three assists at Georgia Tech Had six offensive rebounds in Carolina's 97-86 win over Maryland Added eight points, nine boards and three assists at Virginia Scored 12 points at Duke and added eight boards and four assists Had seven rebounds, including five on the offensive glass, in the ACC Tournament against Georgia Tech.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2002-03)
Averaged 5.9 points and 3.5 rebounds per game, including 9.3 points and 5.5 rebounds over the last 16 games Shot 67 for 121 (55.4 percent) from the floor in his 17 starts Was 68 for 109 (.624) from the floor inside the three-point arc Posted his first double-double with season-highs of 21 points and 11 rebounds vs. DePaul Went 10 for 13 from the floor Had 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals against Wyoming Played exceptional low post defense against Kansas and Stanford in the Preseason NIT Made his first start against Iona in late December and had 12 points, six rebounds and two steals in 37 minutes Hit back-to-back three pointers in the second half in the 68-65 win over Connecticut Scored 14 points and had eight rebounds, four assists, four blocked shots and three steals at home against Wake Forest Scored 19 points and added seven rebounds and two steals at Duke Was 8 for 14 from the floor, including 3 of 5 from three-point range Had a spectacular dunk in the first half over Duke center Casey Sanders Made a number of key plays to lead Carolina to a 61-60 win over Florida State Stole the ball from Anthony Richardson with 10 seconds to play and was fouled going for a breakaway basket with 5.6 seconds left Hit the first free throw to break a 60-60 tie Earlier, he hit a three-pointer with 7:28 remaining to give UNC a 53-52 lead and had a jam with 3:08 to play to give the Tar Heels a 58-57 lead Finished with 11 points, four rebounds and four steals Had four points and four rebounds, five assists and three steals in the win over Virginia Helped defend Travis Watson in the post and hold the Virginia center to three field goals, his lowest total ever against Carolina Had eight points, five rebounds and three assists in the win over Duke Scored five straight points in the second half to give Carolina a 49-42 lead Was fouled with 9.5 seconds to play and UNC leading by just two points Hit both free throws to give UNC an 81-77 lead Had eight points, five assists, two blocks and three steals in the ACC Tournament win over No. 14 Maryland.
Competed four years in basketball and two years in football at Southern Durham High School Played for Coach Levi Beckwith at Southern Earned all-conference honors in his junior and senior seasons Was the conference player of the year in 2002 Led the Spartans to a 39-5 record over his final two basketball seasons Averaged 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals as a senior Born David Anthony Noel III on Feb. 27, 1984, in Durham Is the son of David and Sheila Noel.