Earlier Thursday afternoon, junior forward John Henson, sophomore forward Harrison Barnes and sophomore guard Kendall Marshall declared for the NBA Draft.
And the high-but-all-too-uncertain national title hopes for next year's team went right along with them.
Because without those three, next year's Carolina team will be very different.
So, should Tar Heel faithful be livid that the three All-ACC'ers seemingly took what would have been a national title contender and left them as a likely top 15 team now? Did they leave for more selfish reasons or personal ones? And where does Carolina go from here?
I don't have all the answers, but after watching every North Carolina game played this season, reading and listening to dozens of articles and press conferences, I think it's safe to say that these three guys felt like they gave this past season the chance to be the season for them.
But by way of injury and tough breaks, it just never came to fruition. And because of that reason, even as they leave Chapel Hill behind, they know that they gave an honest effort by not making this same decision last year.
For some Carolina fans, that's a satisfactory explanation. For others, it's not. Some may feel it makes sense for all three to declare, others may feel like only one or two are actually ready. Some may be happy for them, others may feel betrayed.
Either way, they're in the draft. And even though nothing I write on these next few slides will change their minds, hopefully it gives you a better understanding of what these three have meant to UNC, regardless of any implications behind them leaving.