The boys in blue from Chapel Hill are being torn apart even more today as twin forwards, David and Travis Wear, announce that they will not return to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Fall of 2010. The Wear twins’ short careers as Tar Heels were less than impressive, but their departure still comes as a shock none the less.
Most will not excuse the lack of performance from the two 6’10”, 230 pound former McDonald’s All Americans, who at times resembled diaper-donkeys rather than diaper-dandies. Perhaps we should though, considering that they were only freshmen and injury prone to boot. As a Tar Heel fan it’s hard not to write with bias for the team or anger/disappointment over the twins’ departure, but I think it is fair to say that these guys never looked comfortable in the UNC system this season.
In my opinion their biggest problem was movement without the ball. I remember their movement on the court seeming aimless, and reminiscent of the infamous Billy Madison book, "The Puppy Who Lost His Way." It was as if they were moving where the “X’s” and “O’s” were supposed to be according to the dry-erase board rather than adapting to the flow of the game. It’s hard to set a screen on a defender when you are setting a screen on an “X.”
Like I said though, this could, and maybe should, be considered excusable given their lack of experience, but that’s up to you. Some players, and people for that matter, simply have longer learning curves than others. For these two the curve seemed longer than most fans had hoped. In the end the Roy William’s system was not yet instinctive for the Wears, but I was confident that they had great potential and it was only a matter of time before they were a force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately Tar Heel fans will not be the beneficiaries if that is ever the case.
The Heels' previous end of season losses of Deon Thompson to graduation and Ed Davis to the NBA Draft were unpreventable and expected respectively. We do not yet know why the two have chosen to depart, but we do know that the Heels front court just suffered a tremendous loss, going from four returning players to two, at positions where the depth was once reassuring.
Memo to John Henson and Tyler Zeller: Start running extra suicides.
If you saw something with the Wears that I did not please get the conversation going...