North Carolina Basketball: Comparing Each Current Tar Heel to a Former Tar Heel

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North Carolina Basketball: Comparing Each Current Tar Heel to a Former Tar Heel
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This upcoming season should be quite the intriguing one for the North Carolina Tar Heels. They find themselves as one of the youngest teams in the country, but they are also a team that is star-studded. With five McDonald's All-Americans, this year's Tar Heels seem reminiscent of the past. Four freshmen enter the program, and all look to play a prominent role in bringing the school back to worldwide prominence.

Each starting player, and a couple of the guys on the bench, brings back memories of past players. While there are no Michael Jordans or James Worthys on the team (sorry UNC fans), the young guns that front this team will look to either bring North Carolina back deep into the NCAA Tournament or fall back into the depression this program hit back in the early 2000s with Matt Doherty.

The former seems destined to happen, because the Tar Heels are like the Yankees; when doubted, they perform even better than expected. The veteran leadership (few and far between though it may be) will go a long way to helping this club perform up to its lofty expectations.

Without further ado, here are the current player comparisons to the days of old, and to players that meant a great deal to the program's success.

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