Saturday, October 14, 2006

College Basketball Top 25 Preview: 2. North Carolina

The Tar Heels will lose the services of David Noel, but Roy Williams has Tyler Hansbrough returning along with three other starters and a strong freshman class that figures to be among the best in the ACC if not the nation.

Hansbrough, the 6'9" center who was a sensation last year as a freshman, led last year's team in scoring (18.9 ppg), rebounding (7.8), shooting (57%) and steals (38).

But pounding the ball down low is not exactly what coach Williams has in mind. According to this article by Eddy Landreth, Associate Editor, the Tar Heels head coach is going to put more emphasis on speed.

Along with Hansbrough, forward Reyshawn Terry and guards Bobby Frasor and Wes Miller return to the starting five. Frasor will likely inherit Noel's point guard position, though all of the Tar Heels had good assist numbers last season. Danny Green or Marcus Ginyard will likely be the other starter, but according to Williams' dictates, there is going to be a full rotation of 13 or 14 players in every game.

The Tar Heels will be among the most entertaining and highest-scoring teams in the nation in 2006-07.

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