Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports
There is no doubt about where J.P. Tokoto must improve—especially while shooter extraordinaire P.J. Hairston is out.
As a freshman last season, Tokoto struggled mightily with his jumper. He managed to sink only one of 11 three-point shots, and was somewhat inconsistent from mid-range. A little balance could change all of that.
Maintaining proper balance is crucial for jump shooters, but Tokoto was typically leaning forward, backward and sometimes to the side. That's begging for bricks and airballs.
Tokoto has spent a lot of extra time before workouts this summer to refine his spot-up and off-the-dribble shooting. He has also received some help from sharpshooter-turned-assistant coach Hubert Davis, who is a stickler for mechanics.
If anyone can get Tokoto turned around, it's Davis.
Don't forget this kid was putting up almost 20 shots a game and averaged 24.6 points as a senior in Wisconsin. Going from that to the bench can be a bit of a downer.
Much like fellow sophomores Joel James and Marcus Paige, it's hard not to have confidence in the guy when you hear him speak. He's smart, classy and much more confident going into his second season at Chapel Hill.
Tokoto could be the Tar Heels' biggest surprise.