North Carolina Basketball: Tar Heels Will Struggle in 2012 After Losing Core 3

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North Carolina Basketball: Tar Heels Will Struggle in 2012 After Losing Core 3
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The North Carolina Tar Heels have announced that the the team's three core players—Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Kendall Marshall—will enter the 2012 NBA Draft. Alongside the core three entering the draft, Tar Heels will also see senior center Tyler Zeller depart.

On the bright side, James Michael McAdoo has decided to return to UNC.

Plenty of questions remain as the Tarheels enter their offseason. Will the fifth ranked recruiting class perform at a high enough level to keep North Carolina in the national spotlight? Will McAdoo be able to become the go to option offensively? Will Leslie McDonald and Dexter Strickland be able to recover from knee injuries and produce?

And of course, the most important question of all: Will UNC remain a perennial power house or struggle during a rebuilding year?

I will explain what these roster shakeups mean for North Carolina and why they will struggle in the 2012-2013 season.

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