The loss of Kendall Marshall proved to be detrimental to the Tar Heels' championship run. Losing a floor general of his ability would shatter almost any team in college basketball.
The one positive to take out of this is that we are almost guaranteed that Marshall will return for his junior season, much like Ty Lawson after the Final Four elimination in 2008.
The UNC family is a very tight knit and respectable group. The elitists of this group, regardless of their NBA resume, are the ones who brought hardware back to campus to cap off their college career.
This is understood among the players. Every alumni wants dearly to come back and walk through the Dean Dome with the ring on.
Marshall has incredible court vision, and he also proved his ability to score when needed—both of which will make him a dangerous asset to the Tar Heels next year.
Marshall has the will to coach but the ability to play—an uncommon trait among players.
Next year, Marshall will have legitimate backup with top ESPN-ranked high school PG and McDonald's All-American Marcus Paige suiting up for the Tar Heels—something that should give him great peace of mind in his decision to return.
Likeliness Marshall enters NBA draft: 15%
Likeliness Marshall returns to Chapel Hill: 85%