UNC Basketball: Tracking North Carolina Tar Heels in 2012 NBA Draft

Rollin Yeatts@@TSBRollinFeatured ColumnistJune 28, 2012

UNC Basketball: Tracking North Carolina Tar Heels in 2012 NBA Draft

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    Predicting where NBA prospects will land is a science—and hardly an exact one. But today, I'm giving my predictions and tracking the four UNC Tar Heels entering the 2012 NBA draft.

    Tyler Zeller, Kendall Marshall, John Henson and Harrison Barnes are all up for grabs, and are currently taking up a lot of real estate on the NBA teams' big boards. Boards will shift and teams will surprise analysts and fans. The only thing we know is that we won't have to wait past the first round to find out the future of North Carolina's Big Four.

    Nothing is etched in stone, but it appears all four players may be top-20 picks. And that is also how I have it laid out in my predictions.

    During the draft, I will continually update this article as the former Tar Heels are pulled off the board. You can catch the entire NBA draft starting at 7 p.m. EDT on ESPN.

No. 7: Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors

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    Well, I was one off on Harrison Barnes. I really thought he would be a nice fit for the Raptors, but the Golden State Warriors snatched him up at No. 7 before they had a shot.

    Rollin's Prediction: No. 8 overall, to the Toronto Raptors.

No. 17: Tyler Zeller, Cleveland Cavaliers

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    It appears the Charlotte Bobcats and the Dallas Mavericks have switched strategies. At this time, Tyler Zeller is the fourth Tar Heel on the Mavericks' roster. Zeller joins Vince Carter, Brendan Haywood and Brandan Wright in the Big D.

    Update: The Cleveland Cavaliers have traded the Mavericks for picks 24, 33 and 34. More on that trade to come.

    Rollin's Prediction:  No. 9 overall, to the Detroit Pistons.

No. 14: John Henson, Milwaukee Bucks

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    I'm not a big fan of this, for John Henson. The Blazers would have been perfect, but he is at least lined up to be a solid starter.

    Rollin's Prediction: No. 11 overall, to the Portland Trail Blazers.

No. 13: Kendall Marshall, Phoenix Suns

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    I actually thought Kendall Marshall would be the last of the four to be picked, but he is now in probably the best situation of them all. If the Phoenix Suns plan on keeping Steve Nash for another year, it could be a great learning experience for a point guard that may have been picked a little early.

    Rollin's Prediction: No. 19 overall, to the Orlando Magic.