We present the BBL’s first look at defending natty champion North Carolina.
The big question mark is at point guard. Larry Drew appears to be the man now that Ty Lawson is gone. After Drew, they have wing guards in Marcus Ginyard and incoming frosh Dexter Strickland. UNC is very inexperienced in the backcourt and Drew is a substantial fall off from Lawson.
UNC is loaded down low. They are so skilled, in fact, they might be forced to play three bigs at all times. Deon Thompson, Ed Davis and Jon Henson are all potential lottery picks when they come out. Tyler Zeller might be the best of all of them, as he is coming off an injury redshirt and no one has truly seen what he is capable of.
This class represents another banner year of stud “Mickey D” recruits for coach Roy Williams. The Wear twins, at 6’10, will provide size and depth in the post. Leslie McDonald is a big-time scorer and Dexter Strickland might beat out Drew for the PG spot.
This year’s Tarheels are looking like the best team in the ACC and a serious challenger for all the marbles.
UK doesn’t match up in the post very well with UNC. But the Kentucky guards and wings should feast on UNC’s lack of experience in teh backcourt. This game will probably come down to whoever rebounds better. This game will be an absolutely incredible early season matchup and one all of the nation will be watching.