Tar Heels Basketball: Getting to Know UNC's 2012 Recruiting Class

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Tar Heels Basketball: Getting to Know UNC's 2012 Recruiting Class
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Since the end of the 2011-12 season, the North Carolina Tar Heels have lost four starters to the NBA draft and whiffed on Alex Oriakhi. Fortunately for UNC, their 2012 recruiting class includes Marcus Paige, J.P. Tokoto, Brice Johnson and Joel James—all four-star recruits and top-20 players at their respective positions.

It's fun to remember all the great games we saw from Tyler Zeller, Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Kendall Marshall. And we can't help but think what could have been in 2012-13 had the three extended their stay in Chapel Hill.

But it's time to press forward and look into the Heels' future. Though there will likely be some growing pains, UNC has an impressive crop of incoming talent—and they sound ready to bring it.

According to Sherrell McMillan of Inside Carolina, J.P. Tokoto had this to say after the Jordan Brand Classic on Saturday night:

“We’re bringing a good class too. We’ve got Joel James, we got Marcus Paige, we got Brice and myself. We’ve got big shoes to fill, but we’re going to step up to the challenge and really make coach [Roy Williams] happy.”

I must say, I've been very satisfied with what I have seen thus far, so let's take a deeper look into the latest class of Tar Heels.

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