I was talking to Wes Miller in the North Carolina locker room Friday about his shooting range, which he said is three or four steps behind the NBA three-point line. I had asked him how far he could shoot when he was in the gym or on the playground and coaches weren't watching.
"He can, too," says a man a few lockers down. "I've seen him."
Now, I knew the player talking to me was a Tar Heel basketball player since he was in the locker room and he was wearing a Tar Heel basketball uniform. News-gatherers such as myself are paid to figure these things out.
But I didn't know who he was. And I didn't want to ask him because nobody was asking Tyler Hansbrough who he was. We're kind of supposed to know.
Whomever the guy is, he's courteous, engaging, unpretentious and funny. He wanted to talk. It's not as if he was being swarmed by reporters. He initiated the conversation.
I thanked him for his time, went to the North Carolina media guide to look him up and couldn't find him. I went through it again and there he was, Mike Copeland, a sophomore from Winston-Salem.
Remember that name.