North Carolina Basketball: Tar Heels' Depth Will Be Key Next Season

By Gregory Philson
Marcus Paige
Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Every year at this time NCAA basketball players announce whether or not they are leaving for the NBA Draft and talk about the next college season begins.

The North Carolina Tar Heels already seem to be an interesting team heading into the 2014-15 season because of who is leaving, who is staying and who is joining coach Roy Williams‘ team.

The Tar Heels’ recruiting class is considered very respectable and looks like it will fill the holes that were not addressed during last season. Great freshmen classes have shown they do not necessarily win national championships, but next year’s Tar Heels have a very intriguing mix of experience and youth. The starting five could have two upperclassmen and three freshmen at some point. The bench will be extremely experienced and could be the difference maker. If Williams goes with Joel Berry at point guard, Marcus Paige at shooting guard, J.P. Tokoto and Theo Pinson at the wings and Brice Johnson or Kennedy Meeks inside, that will move Nate Britt into a more comfortable role as the first guard off the bench where he can come in a run the team as a facilitator with a solid group joining him. Freshman Justin Jackson could switch back and forth from a starter to a reserve and will provide a spark on both ends. The depth on North Carolina will allow the team to run even more because players will know they can get a breather if they need it.

The Tar Heels look like a favorite for an ACC title next season, and if the roster fills out like it should, they could also become national title contenders.

Gregory T. Philson is an ACC basketball writer at Follow him on Twitter @GTPhilson, “Like” him on Facebook, and add him to your network on GoogleRead more here.

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