North Carolina Basketball: Predicting Tar Heels' Statistical Leaders for 2012

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North Carolina Basketball: Predicting Tar Heels' Statistical Leaders for 2012
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Not only did North Carolina lose Harrison Barnes, Tyler Zeller, John Henson and Kendall Marshall to the 2012 NBA draft, but they also lost their statistical leaders in five categories. Looking ahead to the 2012-13 season, one has to wonder which Tar Heels will pick up the slack.

My answers just might surprise you.

Only in one category will the statistical leader of 2011-12 serve another term. One player will also greedily command three categories—and you will never guess who that player is.

The races will be astonishingly close this coming season. Minutes will be split up amongst the starters and the very deep bench Roy Williams has produced.

Between their similar skill sets and fairly even time on the floor, individual Tar Heels likely won't be taking over any categories on the national level. Team stats, however, may be another story. This is a very solid team that will shock many doubters—just not as individuals.

Without further introduction, it's time for me to break out the crystal ball and give you a look at the future ballers of Chapel Hill.

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