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Isaiah Hicks is easily the best pickup for UNC in 2013. Unfortunately, it's another position that is heavy in talent.
McAdoo decided to return, and Johnson had an excellent freshman campaign at power forward/center. He's an offseason away from really becoming a special player.
Hicks and Johnson will be in a battle for minutes in relief of McAdoo. I think Roy chooses experience in this case, though. However, if James, Hubert or Meeks can't step up as a sure center, you have to believe there will be a platoon at center with Johnson and Hicks.
I wouldn't mind seeing that happen, either.
Hicks has the ability to block shots every bit as well as Hubert, and Johnson will likely step up that part of his game, too. They're also both better than any of the other options in the transition game, which would speed up the Tar Heels even more.
Hicks has solid handles and can take it coast-to-coast by himself. And if he needs to dish it off, he's a great passer, too. He'll surprise a lot of people like Tokoto did with some of his passes last season.
With Hicks, UNC also gets a quick-footed, heady defender. His positioning is excellent, and he is quick enough to guard a 2. At 210 pounds, his size is the biggest question, but Johnson held his own pretty well just shy of 190 pounds.
Other than the lack of depth at the 2, Roy Williams did an excellent job with this class. I was disappointed he never really went after shooters—Wayne Selden, in particular—but he managed to get some pretty well-rounded players to fill voids and boost competition.
And we're still waiting to find out about Andrew Wiggins. That would really help counter the losses of Bullock and Strickland.
Either way, the Tar Heels appear to be built for another run at the ACC title and beyond.