Despite the North Carolina Tar Heels’ experience, do not discount the contributions freshman can make to Roy Williams’ roster.
Joining the Tar Heels’ returning players is the 10th best recruiting class in the country.
Led by Marcus Paige, the best point guard in the class, North Carolina will have plenty of support. Paige is an attacking guard who can get into the paint or step back and hit jumpers.
Williams takes a smart approach with freshman, playing them solid minutes, but never treating them as a sure star until they have proven themselves.
Take the case of James Michael McAdoo—he was one of the best recruits in the country, yet was not given any kind of preferential treatment. The experience he gained in his first season will help him take on a leadership role this year.
Any one of the four recruits North Carolina has can make an impact like McAdoo and might even be able to do more because there are fewer established stars on the roster.
The freshman are all 4-star prospects who play point guard, power forward, small forward and center. The fact that each plays a different position is an added bonus for the team as there will not be a backlog of players at one position.
Either way, with four Top 100 prospects, at least one (if not all) should be able to contribute significant minutes, which will only increase as the season goes on.