North Carolina Tar Heels' Freshmen Will Be Key To Success In 2013-14 College Hoops Season

By Trevor Lowry
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The North Carolina Tar Heels are returning plenty of very talented players, but the incoming freshmen will be the key to success in the 2013-14 college basketball season.

James Michael McAdoo, P.J. Hairston and Marcus Paige will all be back. Not to mention, all three of those players will easily be starters in the upcoming season.

However, if Isaiah Hicks and Kennedy Meeks can make an instant impact, North Carolina is going to be very dangerous next season. Hicks stands at 6’8” and he is the highest rated recruit coming in. Meeks is an inch taller and is not too far behind him in the rankings.

I would imagine that both players would get quite a bit of playing time in the upcoming season, but they will also have to be effective on the court, which should not be a problem. Still, who knows how Roy Williams will use these two players.

If fellow freshman Nate Britt can make an impact as well, that will make like that much easier on Paige. Both players are point guards.

Even if these three freshman do not live up to the hype, McAdoo, Hairston and Paige are good enough to lead this team to the NCAA tournament and make a run. Sure, the Tar Heels will be without Reggie Bullock and had an early exit in this year’s dance, but this past season did these three players wonders and they will likely improve over the offseason.

North Carolina did win 25 games. However, it has the talent to do much better next season.


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