North Carolina Will be Just Fine Without Andrew Wiggins

By Anthony Lenahan
Steve Mitchell-USA Today Sports

When North Carolina found out they didn’t land top recruit, Andrew Wiggins, many fans were disappointed.  Yes, they didn’t get the prized recruit that everyone was talking about, but you have to remember that all the talk was about his potential and there is no guarantee he will be the best player in the nation next season.

Without a doubt he is an unbelievable talent and no team would deny him an opportunity to play for them, but reality is he isn’t going to North Carolina and fans have to move on and understand that.

What Carolina fans need to understand is that P.J. Hairston and James Michael McAdoo are both returning. The Tar Heels are also only losing two players from last year’s team which looked very good at the end of the season.

Now, they won’t have to deal with all of the attention Wiggins would have brought to them, and they won’t have to deal with any pressure of winning a national title because they have who is supposed to be the best player in the country.

Obviously they are going to want to win the title, but they don’t have any pressure on them to do so because Wiggins decided to not come to Chapel Hill.

With an already great recruiting class without Wiggins, Carolina just adds to the talent and depth they have returning from last year.

They will have four young centers to work into the rotation, and all four will get valuable playing time as Roy Williams will opt for a four guard offense.

With McAdoo at the power forward spot and Hairston at the three, that is a lethal three-four combo.  Marcus Paige will be fantastic this season as he showed bright, bright signs at the end of last season, and Leslie McDonald will most likely fit right into the other guard spot.

With so many young, talented big men and some good young guards, North Carolina has a bright season in front of them. They won’t have to deal with any attention from the media all season because it will all be on Kentucky and Kansas.

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