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Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington Still Needed At UNC, Not NBA

DETROIT - APRIL 06:  (L-R) Ty Lawson #5 and Wayne Ellington #22 of the North Carolina Tar Heels celebrate a play in the first half againnst the Michigan State Spartans during the 2009 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship game at Ford Field on April 6, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Christian KeyContributor IApril 9, 2009

The North Carolina Tar Heels are in a bit of a pickle with the probability of losing guards Ty Lawson and and Wayne Ellington to the NBA Draft.

These guys took a dip in the NBA Draft last year, but decided to come back for coach Roy Williams and a National Championship. They met their goal and are now debating whether or not to go for a full swim in the draft.

If UNC loses these guys, Williams will have to work with a inexperienced backcourt of rookies. Although John Henson and Dexter Strickland are very promising, they will have to be worked into the the "Carolina Groove."

Returning for sure will be forward Ed Davis, who did want to enter the draft as well but opted to come back for his sophomore year. Also returning as a fifth-year senior is guard-forward Marcus Ginyard, which is a huge defensive help to the Heels.

Having Lawson and Ellington back would definitely put the Heels in another Final Four appearance, but we will just have to wait and see if they want to take a full draft swim instead of just getting their feet wet. Hopefully for UNC fans, they choose the latter.

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