UNC Basketball: Examining Each Freshman's Role Within the Tar Heel Offense

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UNC Basketball: Examining Each Freshman's Role Within the Tar Heel Offense
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Marcus Paige

There are questions abound in Chapel Hill, and many of them revolve around the North Carolina Tar Heels' productivity on offense. Other questions include the UNC freshmen who may as well be labeled "The Replacements."

The nickname has no derogatory intentions, as this is a fine group of freshmen that Roy Williams has put together. But few classes have been left with the duty of replacing four Tar Heel legends.

The loss of Kendall Marshall, Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Tyler Zeller has many among the sports world questioning the competitiveness of the 2012-13 squad. Can freshmen Marcus Paige, J.P. Tokoto, Brice Johnson and Joel James live up to the standards of their positional predecessors?

The good news is they don't all have to—at least not right away.

The weight of the latest NBA draft doesn't rest solely on all four sets of shoulders. There is still enough depth left in Carolina where none of them will "have" to jump into a starting role.

However, there are two positions that undeniably lack depth, and I have a feeling two freshmen will earn starting spots at those positions this fall. Beyond just scoring, they will be an integral part of this offense.

As for the other two freshmen, they will have their roles on offense, too. They just won't be utilized as much this season.

What will their roles be? Read on.

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