Marcus Paige has continued to progress throughout the season, but we won't see true North Carolina basketball until he learns a few lessons—five of them to be exact.
So much weight falls on the shoulders of point guards, especially in a point guard-driven system like Roy Williams'.
Transition is a big part of UNC basketball under Roy. That requires quick decision-making and precision passing to maximize scoring efficiency.
And that's what makes it so hard for a freshman to come in and run Williams' system to perfection.
There is a learning curve going from high school to college. The guys Paige faces now are bigger, faster, stronger and equally talented—or better. There is less room for error now, and a player will quickly become exposed.
Paige has held up well through these tough times and is slowly becoming the floor general Carolina fans have come to expect. As the season rolls on, he will continue to improve if he takes lessons from each game.
And these five lessons will be keys to making his mark in Tar Heel history.