North Carolina Basketball: Ranking Recruiting Priorities After Austin Nichols

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North Carolina Basketball: Ranking Recruiting Priorities After Austin Nichols
William Deshazer, Chicago Tribune

After gobbling up two of the top recruits in the 2013 class in Nate Britt and Isaiah Hicks, the North Carolina Tar Heels were on the fast-track to securing the No. 1 overall recruiting class in 2013.

In addition to that, some of the top players in the nation had UNC on their short list. And while it will surely be a battle to get the top spot, North Carolina's chances to gain the crown took a hit when Austin Nichols trimmed his list to six schools, excluding the Tar Heels.

The 6'8", 215-pound Nichols was rated the 10th-best player in the 2013 class by ESPN. Nichols is unsure if he'll sign during the early signing period in November or wait until April, but the chances of Nichols changing his mind are pretty slim.

While North Carolina received the commitment from Hicks to fill the power forward spot, he looks to be more suited playing the three in college, due to his lack of strength and ability to hit the mid-range jumper. That, along with Nichols' rejection, leaves the Tar Heels with major needs in their frontcourt.

What can UNC do to regain the top spot in 2013's recruiting class? A few simple things.

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