UNC Will Be Preseason No. 1, There's No Doubt about It

John LewisSenior Writer IJune 16, 2008

North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams is now the happiest man on the planet, as a trio of stars is apparently returning to school.

According to sources, Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington, and Danny Green will all turn their backs on the NBA and try to finish what they started and win a national championship.  The three were unsure if they would be selected in the first round of the draft.

Lawson, who was arrested last week for underage alcohol consumption, was expected to be the highest pick among the UNC players, but said he wanted to return for his junior season to fine-tune his game.

Ellington and Green were looking like second round picks, which doesn't carry any guarantees of making the team or getting a contract.  So the biggest decision of their young careers was to come back to school and work on improving their draft status for the following year.

They will team up again with returning senior and reigning player of the year, Tyler Hansbrough.  This should without a doubt make Carolina the favorite to cut the nets down next season. 

The Heels finished last season 36-3 and won the ACC regular season and tournament titles, but took a beating in the Final Four at the hands of the eventual national champion Kansas Jayhawks.

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In next year's NBA draft, the Tar Heels could do what few college teams ever do and have four players drafted in the first round from the same school.

Roy Williams said this was a lengthy process and looked to his stars to make a decision on their own.  He is excited to have all his starters return for one more year.