Key Returners: P.J. Hairston (14.6 PPG; 4.3 RPG); James Michael McAdoo (14.3 PPG; 7.3 RPG)
Fresh Faces: Isaiah Hicks (6’8” PF); Kennedy Meeks (6'9" C)
Quick Look: North Carolina is deep and talented. Very few teams in college basketball come close to the number of legitimate players the Tar Heels possess.
When you look at the parade of athletes that head coach Roy Williams has brought to Chapel Hill in the last few years, you have to be impressed. Now Roy has to do something with what he has assembled.
P.J. Hairston and James Michael McAdoo are the absolute core of this UNC team. If they falter or fail this year, it won’t be because they didn’t have enough high-level players around them.
Marcus Paige will be back to run the show. He will be a better floor leader this year than he was last. While he will still make some mistakes, watch for his assist-to-turnover numbers to improve.
The competition along the front line will be fierce. But that might be exactly what this team needs: enough competition to bring out the best in each other.
North Carolina is set up to go all the way. Now, they just have to do it on the court.