Saturday, April 16, 2011

A peek at UNC's basketball future

I wrote my column today on James McAdoo and P.J. Hairston, who are supposed to be the two jewels in the next UNC basketball recruiting class.

Both could have a significant impact next season -- McAdoo inside as a backup for John Henson and Tyler Zeller, Hairston outside as a guy who can stretch the defense. Roy Williams has compared McAdoo to a Marvin Williams type -- Williams played only one year for Carolina, the 2005 championship season, before going pro and becoming a top-5 NBA pick.

How much of a dent Hairston makes will partly be determined by whether Harrison Barnes comes back to school or not. If he doesn't, the Tar Heels will have a serious need for another 3-point shooter. Even if Barnes does, Hairston will play some right away.

I'll be posting more thoughts on those two, as well as on Duke signee Austin Rivers and several others, after tonight's 8 p.m. Jordan Brand Classic game.

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