North Carolina Basketball: Most NBA-Ready Talent on Tar Heels
Though the North Carolina Tar Heels suffered an exodus of talent to the 2012 NBA draft, there are still players on the roster that look poised to hit the pro ranks soon.
As the 2012-2013 college basketball season plays out, you'll see some players emerge showcasing their NBA-level talent.
Here's a look at some of those players.
James Michael McAdoo
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McAdoo struggled with the decision of entering last year's draft but ultimately opted to rejoin the Tar Heels for the 2012 season, according to USA Today.
Though he didn't play a significant role until John Henson was injured, expect more of the load to be placed on his shoulders for this season. He has good size and is a highly-skilled player, but could work on finishing through contact.
While he's a versatile player, he's edging on falling into the dreaded "tweener" category if he doesn't shape up either his post or perimeter game.
Still, his intelligence and versatility on the court can work to his advantage and help him transition to the NBA.
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The biggest concern with Strickland is the knee injury he suffered in the second half of last season.
At 6'3", he's capable of taking over at the point and at shooting guard if needed. His athleticism in the fast break is lethal, and his wingspan can make him an asset on defense and on the boards.
His shooting, especially outside, is a major hole in his game. However, his speed and ability to finish at the rim could make up for that.
He's also capable of using his athleticism to create shots near the rim by slashing to the basket.
Though a lot of his athleticism can be used to his benefit on offense, he might have more to gain from defense. His size and speed suggest that he could be a solid defensive player in the pros.
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Hairston is entering his sophomore season with the Tar Heels, after having a rather forgettable freshman year.
While he started off strong shooting from the perimeter, his production fell sharply in the second half as his shooting numbers took a dive.
As his shooting numbers fell, so did the rest of his value. He didn't get much of a chance to create shots for himself and others. For the most part, he was launching contested shots too much to be of benefit.
Perhaps this year he may receive the opportunity to get his game going once again and create shots for himself and others.