North Carolina Tar Heels Miss Out on 2013 Star Andrew Wiggins; Now What?

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A decision was finally made by 2013 star wing Andrew Wiggins — the 6-foot-7 small forward is headed to Kansas.

Of course with one team winning the race for one of the more highly-touted prospects since LeBron James himself, there were those that were disappointed on Tuesday afternoon. One of the those final few programs that were left on the outside looking in was the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Wiggins would have been a huge pickup for the Tar Heels, a representative of the legitimate missing link that could have placed UNC within the top five to begin the 2013-14 season.

Now, North Carolina is moving forward without Wiggins, so where does that leave them and their expectations for next season? Well, UNC is still a talented group and that’s mainly because of the decisions of both P.J. Hairston and James Michael McAdoo. The two both spurned the 2013 NBA Draft for their returns to Chapel Hill. In addition, sophomore point guard Marcus Paige will have high expectations in taking the next step in his career, now that he has one full season under his belt at the collegiate level.

Despite missing out on Wiggins, UNC is still welcoming in freshmen big men Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks. That front court rotation around McAdoo at the power forward position is the key to the Tar Heels’ success next season. The options run deep, but who will step up and take North Carolina’s inside game to the next level?

Wiggins would’ve fit a perfect hole on the perimeter opposite of Hairston and Paige, but now the Tar Heels will need to find other ways to bolster their back court lineup and rotation.

 

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