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As impressive as his first three commits are, there is still one pressing issue Williams and Co. have yet to address. Leslie McDonald will graduate after the 2013-14 season, and P.J. Hairston will likely be on his way to the NBA.
That means there will be no shooting guards on the roster for the following season. Zero.
That's a problem.
Theo Pinson is strong enough in the areas of ball-handling and shooting to slide to the 2 if needed. And with the stockpile of point guards, there is no doubt Coach Williams will utilize dual-point guard sets on occasion. Heck, the coaching staff may turn J.P. Tokoto into a shooter by then.
But none of that is the same as having a true shooting guard, which is why Roy Williams is in heavy pursuit of a recruit to fill that spot.
So far, it's been a big whiff for the Tar Heels. Rashad Vaughn was admittedly close to committing back in March, according to Inside Carolina (subscription required), but chose to scan the buffet a little longer before settling on a program. Robert Johnson later landed on the radar and was offered but decided Indiana was the better fit.
Including Rashad Vaughn, offers are still out on Australian phenom Dante Exum and Indiana decommit James Blackmon. However, the possibility of landing Exum or Blackmon appears to be pretty slim.
Exum is 18 years old and graduates high school in December, making him eligible for the 2014 NBA draft. Even with his Carolina ties (his father, Cecil Exum, played for the Heels in the early '80s), it's highly unlikely he will pass up the NBA for a year of college when he is slated to be a lottery pick.
Blackmon decommitted from Indiana three years after making it verbal, which, naturally, raises some eyebrows. On top of that, he told Scout.com he has interest in being a point guard, which was apparently a great selling point for Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks.
“[The Kansas staff] just told me that they were recruiting me to come in and be a scorer right off, but also develop me as a point guard because they know ultimately that is what I want to play,” Blackmon said.
That sounds awfully familiar. Robert Johnson's father told All Hoosiers that his son wanted to play point, too, and that was one of the reasons he chose Indiana.
Obviously, these guys wouldn't get any playing time at the point in Chapel Hill.
So it all seems to circle back to ESPN's top shooting guard and No. 11 overall, Rashad Vaughn out of Minnesota. Until someone else lands on the Tar Heel radar, he may be the only hope.
And even though Vaughn was big on Carolina this past spring, it's impossible to get a read on the star prospect. During Robert Johnson's visit to Chapel Hill a couple weeks ago, Rashad Vaughn scheduled an official visit for September 27 as reported by Inside Carolina.
A few days after Johnson announced his verbal commitment to Indiana, Inside Carolina reported that Vaughn postponed his scheduled visit.
According to the report, Vaughn and his parents wanted to watch the Tar Heels in game action.
That can be read so many ways; it's pointless to run through all the scenarios. But what we do know is that he still has heavy interest in North Carolina, and that's a big relief.