North Carolina Basketball: Best- and Worst-Case Scenarios for 'Heels in 2014

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North Carolina Basketball: Best- and Worst-Case Scenarios for 'Heels in 2014
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A promising offseason has turned into a bit of a mess for the North Carolina Tar Heels basketball program. And with the latest black cloud hovering over UNC, the best- and worst-case scenarios for 2014 land on both ends of the spectrum.

The Tar Heels' leading scorer from 2013, P.J. Hairston, was busted for driving without a license and possession of marijuana. For that, alone, UNC has indicated the star guard/forward likely wouldn't miss practices or games.

All the details aren't in, however, and there are also questions of who rented the SUV and who owned the gun that was found outside of it during the stop.

None of us know everything that happened at this point. We have no clue how deep the rabbit hole goes, or what the consequences would be of any further findings. For that reason, we are leaving this out of the scenarios, focusing solely on the current roster.

Hairston's situation aside, player development is the greatest factor in any potential success the Tar Heels will have in 2014. While there is much more experience on the roster than last season, Roy Williams has yet to find a center. Reggie Bullock left for the NBA, so Leslie McDonald will be expected to fill that void.

Returning starters Hairston, James Michael McAdoo and Marcus Paige all had stints of excellence last season. But they will all need to develop more versatility and consistency in their respective games for the Tar Heels to finish on top.

Could they?

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