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I was drooling a little bit before I reached the point guards. Now the saliva is cascading from my mouth like Niagara Falls.
Sorry for the image. I'm just obsessed with the position, and Coach Williams has put together possibly the greatest group of floor generals in the history of North Carolina.
No, really. I'm dead serious. Stop throwing stuff at me.
Marcus Paige caught a lot of flack for his freshman performance. For the first half of the season, it may have been warranted.
Coach Williams wasn't giving Paige complete control of the reins until conference play started to roll around. Strickland handled the ball every bit as much as Paige, which kept the freshman's assists averages down.
And we all know how much people lean on stats alone.
As he got more comfortable with the system, Coach Williams gradually started extending the leash on Paige until he was the primary point guard. Once that happened, everything started to fall into place.
Paige's assists went up, his turnovers went down and he began draining treys like he did during his prep days at Linn-Mar. Oh, and he became the Tar Heels' Defensive Player of the Year to boot.
Over the final 13 games of the season, Paige buried 20 of 46 threes while averaging 9.9 points, 4.8 assists, 2.5 turnovers and 2.1 steals per game.
With a full calendar year of seasoning, you can bet he'll improve on those numbers as a sophomore.
On his heels will be freshman Nate Britt, who is also an excellent prospect at the position. With a rash of injuries over the last couple seasons, Britt's ranking has dropped right off the 2013 ESPN 100.
As a sophomore, he was one of the highest-rated point guards in his class.
Britt has elite, Ty Lawson-type speed that will take the Tar Heels' transition game to the next level when he is in. He'll also burn opponents off the dribble in the half court and sink a floater with either hand.
Having a point guard ahead of him on the depth chart gives him an advantage Paige didn't have the luxury of experiencing. Britt gets to learn the system before the anvil is dropped on his shoulders.
In other words, he has plenty of time to get back to being the Nate Britt of old.
In 2014, the chosen one will arrive and catapult this group of point guards to the top. Joel Berry may be the third-ranked point guard in his class (ESPN 100), but I'd take this kid over Tyus Jones and Emmanuel Mudiay any day of the week.
That's not to say those two point guards aren't worthy of their rankings; Berry is just my ideal version of a floor general.
For Berry, it isn't about the points or assists he puts on the board. It's simply his seemingly effortless play in every facet of the game and his impressive attention to detail.
If there is a turnover, he's the first guy down the floor, taking a charge or poking the ball loose. And if he was the cause of the turnover, he doesn't even blink.
It's on to the next play.
Berry has always had excellent vision and passing skills, and, now, he is becoming an efficient shooter from the perimeter. He shot close to 40 percent from downtown for Each 1 Teach 1 this summer.
I could go on for a while about this kid—and we'll go more in depth on Wednesday. He just does everything it takes to win, and Each 1 Teach 1 snagging five out of six championships this summer is a testament to that.
For all the flack Roy Williams has received over the last few years, it certainly looks like he is building a contender. And dare I say a possible dynasty?
Stay tuned. Coach Williams isn't done yet.
I guarantee there will be at least one more national title banner in the rafters before he retires.