“#1 NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS”


Article written by Rob Giannotti at www.inthegymrange.com

Last Season Record: (26-12) Lost in Sweet 16 to Wisconsin 79-72

Head Coach: Roy Williams: Entering 13th season as head coach

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Roy Williams

 

Key Departures:

  1. J.P. Tokoto (#58 pick in NBA Draft, Philadelphia 76ers)

 

Key Newcomers:

  1. Kenny Williams (Shooting Guard) rivals.com #89 ranked player in the county
  2. Luke Maye (Forward) not ranked among rivals.com top 150 players in the country. 3 star recruit

 

Key Returning Players:

  1. Marcus Paige (Senior) Point Guard: Avg. 14.1ppg, 4.5apg,2.9rpg
  2. Kennedy Meeks (Junior) Forward: Avg.11.4ppg, 7.3rpg., 1.1apg
  3. Brice Johnson (Senior) Forward: Avg: 12.9ppg, 7.8rpg
  4. Justin Jackson (Sophomore) F/G: Avg: 10.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.3apg

 

TEAM OVERVIEW

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After a few lean years according to North Carolina standards it seems that the Tar Heels are back in a big way in 2015-16. With only one rotation regular (J.P. Tokoto) off last years Sweet 16 team, head coach Roy Williams has all the ingredients necessary for a long NCAA Tournament run.

Leading the way is Senior PG Marcus Paige. After averaging 14 points and almost 5 assists a game, Paige is considered by many as the nation’s number 1 point guard. (Paige made my all-america first team. Click on www.inthegymrange.com for my complete first team.) Joining Paige in the backcourt is Joel Berry III, a 6’0″sophomore guard, as well as Junior 6’1″ Nate Britt.

Williams hit the recruiting trail and landed sharpshooting rivals top 100 prospect in Kenny Williams. Perhaps the player with the most NBA potential is versatile Sophomore F/G Justin Jackson. At 6’8″ with the ability to play inside and outside, Jackson proposes potential mismatches every time he is on the floor. Look for his scoring and rebounding averages to go up with increased playing time.

Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks lead a very talented frontline. Meeks has the ability to be a first team All ACC selection and will look to improve on his 11.4ppg, and 7.3rpg last season.The coaching staff will look for a bigger contribution from F Theo Pinson. A former high school all-american, an improved year from the sophomore will help an already talented frontcourt.

FINAL FOUR IF:

This has the potential to be the best team in Chapel Hill since the 2009 NCAA championship team, led by current NBA players Ty Lawson and Tyler Hansbrough. If Paige plays like the best point guard in the the country he is projected to be and and Meeks gets help inside from the rest of the big guys on the roster, there is a very good chance Tar Heel fans will be dancing in the streets on championship Monday.

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