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It may seem like the Heels lost a lot of weapons, but Harrison Barnes was the only key departure from the perimeter. Meanwhile, Dexter Strickland and Leslie McDonald return from ACL tears, sophomore P.J. Hairston should continue to improve and Reggie Bullock logged major minutes last season.
I'd call that an upgrade.
Strickland's injury last season was much more backbreaking than anyone really led on. Not only did he start opposite Marshall, but he also backed him up at PG when no one else could—sorry, Stilman White. North Carolina's only scholarship senior is quick, a pest on the defensive side of the ball and will serve as the Tar Heels' leader and ideal glue guy.
The other three, well, they can shoot pretty well.
Bullock upped his three-point percentage to .382 last year while hitting 1.9 treys per game. In the NCAA tourney, he knocked down an impressive 11 in four games.
Hairston really hit the freshman wall, but there's no denying how pretty his stroke can be. Despite the 27 percent mark from long range, I wouldn't be surprised if he stepped up as the team's best shooter. Nay, I predict he'll be the team's best shooter.
Lastly, you have McDonald. It might take him a while to shake off the rust, but the talented junior is just as deadly from the outside as his teammates.
The Tar Heels struggled to shoot the ball from the outside last year, but it might just be their go-to weapon in 2012-13.
Oh yeah, and James Michael McAdoo serves as a pretty decent strength as well. The top recruit was starting to look like a bust last season, but he showed his potential near the end of the year and during March.
In UNC's final game against Kansas, the youngster scored 15 points and grabbed four rebounds in just 19 minutes. This year, there's no doubt he figures to be the star.