North Carolina Basketball: 3 Tar Heels Who Will Find Their Strokes in 2012

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North Carolina Basketball: 3 Tar Heels Who Will Find Their Strokes in 2012
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Unlike those keys or that wallet you lost a few years back, a basketball player's stroke can be found again.

That will be the challenge for three particular Tar Heels in 2012. Though there are many variables in the winning formula for North Carolina, one can't look past the importance of P.J. Hairston, Dexter Strickland and James Michael McAdoo finding their stroke.

There is no doubt the incoming freshman will need to perform with UNC losing Tyler Zeller, Kendall Marshall, Harrison Barnes and John Henson to the NBA. But as we saw with Hairston and McAdoo for much of the 2011-12 season, Roy Williams can't count on the newbies to fill voids.

Those holes are best filled with experience.

Dexter Strickland is coming off an ACL tear, and he never really developed a stroke from the perimeter in his previous three years.

P.J. Hairston is coming off a very poor showing through most of his freshman campaign—one only sprinkled with a few solid games.

James Michael McAdoo put on a show in John Henson's absence late in the season. But aside from some spectacular dunks and grueling putbacks, he didn't make much of a name for himself on the offensive end of the court.

All of this must change in order for the Tar Heels to compete in what looks to be a much-improved ACC.

It will take dedication and perseverance, but that is a concept these three players shouldn't have trouble grasping. And they all have sharp-shooter and assistant coach Hubert Davis at their disposal.

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