Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE
Starting with the obvious, there will be some new faces taking place of the old—on the court and on the bench.
While Tyler Zeller, John Henson, Harrison Barnes and Kendall Marshall are preparing themselves to light up the NBA, freshmen Joel James, Brice Johnson, J.P. Tokoto and Marcus Paige are working to fill their shoes in Chapel Hill.
Joel James should get a good portion of time at center and Paige at the point. You can probably expect about 25 minutes per game from each.
Johnson and Tokoto will likely be in the neighborhood of 10-to-15 minutes per game, as they both have experienced players ahead of them. Johnson will sit behind James Michael McAdoo at power forward.
Tokoto is in a more complex situation at small forward. Reggie Bullock is pretty much a lock at the 3, even though he came in as a 2. P.J. Hairston will probably switch between the 2 and 3, so Tokoto will be feeding off their table scraps for much of his first year in Carolina Blue.
Even in his limited time, J.P. Tokoto will steal the hearts of fans throughout Tar Heel Nation with his electrifying dunks.
As far as the bench is concerned, Jerod Haase put in nine good years as Roy's assistant and moved on to become the head coach at UAB. Congratulations to Coach Haase, and welcome back Hubert Davis.
Coach Williams has been eying Davis for years, and it was an itch that had to be scratched. "For the last four or five years, Hubert has always been on my mind in case a spot did come open," Williams said, according to Andrew Carter at The News & Observer.
Not only does Davis bring a high basketball IQ and a warm personality to the table, but he also brings invaluable experience as an all-time marksman at both levels.
Davis finished up his career at North Carolina, shooting 43.5 percent from three-point range—an all-time Carolina record. He also holds the record for the highest three-point percentage in a single season at 48.9 percent in his junior year.
Beyond that, he is second behind Steve Kerr on the all-time NBA list at 44.1 percent from downtown. He also shot a career-high 49.1 percent during the 1999-00 season.
If his coaching ability is half that of his shooting ability, we should see marked improvements from Carolina's perimeter.