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#44 North Carolina Tar Heels

Atlantic Coast Conference

 

2004-05: 33-4, 14-2, 1st

2004-05 postseason: NCAA

By Joel Welser

The top seven scorers are gone from North Carolina’s National Championship squad. The returning players had a grand total of one start last season. The talent coming in is tremendous, but the lack of depth may force Coach Roy Williams to do a little less running than he would prefer.

Who’s Out: The Tar Heels don’t lose anybody of importance, except Sean May, Rashad McCants, Jawad Williams, Raymond Felton, Marvin Williams, Jackie Manuel and Melvin Scott. That is an amazing 81.4 points per game right there and does not even count the departures of C.J. Hooker, Charlie Everett and Jesse Holley. Needless to say things will look a lot different in Chapel Hill.

Who’s In: The newcomers are all talented enough to start right away and there is no doubt they will get the opportunity. Tyler Hansbrough is the most talented and will most likely be starting from day one. The 6-9, 235 pound forward is a passionate, intense player and will quickly become a leader at UNC. Bobby Frasor, Marcus Ginyard and Danny Green will battle for minutes at the shooting guard spot. Frasor is a great shooter and a solid ball handler who can run the point if need be. Ginyard, a 6-5 wing, is a versatile, athletic player who will see plenty of minutes for the Tar Heels. An injured wrist during the offseason may slow his progress. Danny Danny Green might be the most dynamic scorer of the bunch. He’s a tremendous shooter from long range and already has a solid build for big time ACC hoops.

Who to Watch: The development of the freshmen will be very important for any tournament hopes, but David Noel is suddenly the senior leader. Noel, a 6-6 forward, averaged 3.9 points, 2.6 boards and 1.5 assists last year, the returning leader in all those categories. As the only returning player to average over five minutes per game, Noel is the only piece that will carry over from the NCAA Championship squad and will need to provide a great deal of leadership in order to come close to repeating last year’s success.

Projected Conference Rank: Obviously this will be nothing like last year’s team, but it won’t take long for the freshmen to get into the swing of things. In any event, a 7th place finish in the ACC and a trip to the NCAAs isn’t bad at all considering what is lost. Forward Reyshawn Terry only averaged 4.5 minutes per game last year, but is talented enough to step into a starting role. Sophomore point guard Quentin Thomas never was able to see many minutes last year, but a year of getting used to life at UNC should have him prepared to run the show for the Heels.

Projected Post-season Tournament: NCAA

Projected Starting Five:

Quentin Thomas, Sophomore, Guard, 0.8 points per game

Bobby Frasor, Freshman, Guard, DNP last season

David Noel, Senior, Forward, 3.9 points per game

Reyshawn Terry, Junior, Forward, 2.3 points per game

Tyler Hansbrough, Freshman, Forward, DNP last season

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