2008-09 was truly a year to remember with North Carolina men’s basketball. And just in case you can not take a break from it, allow me to introduce the incoming class for the Tar Heels, a class that is considered by many to be one of the best in the nation.
The incoming class features four McDonald’s All-American’s. It also features another four-star recruit who was rated just outside the cutoff to be a McDonald’s All-American.
John Henson: PF, Tampa, FL
Henson is rated sixth in the ESPNU Top 100. At 6’10” 195 lbs. Henson runs the floor very well for a big man. He will fit the mold nicely in the Roy Williams style of play. If Henson attacks the glass and boards a missed shot, he is very capable of going coast to coast and throwing down a monstrous dunk.
Dexter Strickland: G, Rahway, NJ
Strickland can play both point and the No. 2 positions on the floor, which will help Coach Williams, as he has only one PG on the roster, Larry Drew, if Lawson does happen to go pro.
Strickland is in many people’s eyes, a future Wayne Ellington. He can fight through screens and catch and shoot, as well as drive the lane and create his own shot. Strickland is rated No. 27 in the ESPNU Top 100.
David and Travis Wear: F, Santa Ana, CA
These twin brothers not only mirror themselves in image, they also mirror themselves on the hard court. At 6’9 225 lbs. the twins can play both forward positions.
These brothers have a decent outside shot, as well as the ability to pass the ball well, making them even tougher to defend. They have a very high basketball IQ, and will fit in nicely to the Carolina system. The Wear twins are rated No. 36, and 37 on the ESPNU Top 100.
Leslie McDonald: SG, Memphis, TN
McDonald is probably the wild-card in the class. He is a shooter. At 6’5 200 lbs., McDonald can shoot over defenders fairly easily. He has a reputation of being a great defender, and also penetrates to the basket very well. McDonald is rated No. 32 on the ESPNU Top 100.
There is very little doubt that the incoming class for UNC has a load of potential and talent.
Can they come together and challenge for the ACC? It’s hard to say, but the entire Carolina Nation can not only be excited about it’s past and present, it can also be excited about the future.
2009 Projected Line-Up:
Starters—PG: Larry Drew, SG: Dexter Strickland, SF: Marcus Ginyard, PF: Deon Thompson, C: Ed Davis.
Reserves—PF: John Henson, F: Tyler Zeller, G: Leslie McDonald, F: Travis Wear, F: David Wear, G/F: Will Graves, G: Justin Watts, G: Marc Campbell.