Expectations weren't very high across the board for North Carolina last offseason. UNC lost four starters to the NBA, and its only hope was James Michael McAdoo matching the lofty expectations that the media had set for him.
That didn't happen.
But we saw freshman Marcus Paige and sophomore P.J. Hairston step up their games as the season progressed. And McAdoo has chosen to stay another season to prove he is worthy of all the hype.
Expectations are once again high in Chapel Hill, and these three players will be the cornerstones of the Tar Heels' success—or lack thereof—in 2013-14.
The other starting positions are still open game at this point. But Leslie McDonald and Joel James may have the upper hand on their competitors. They have the size, shooting ability and—especially in McDonald's case—experience to earn the starting nod.
That said, let's break down the expectations of this starting five.