Sunday, March 10, 2013

North Carolina getting another pair of 5 star recruits

Bleacher Report Justin Jackson article

I probably, most likely, think that I am pretty straightforward in my alliances to North Carolina Tar Heel basketball. My feelings and love for UNC will never change, players, coaches, wins, loses and championships can only make my love grow stronger(If that's possible). It is a nice feeling whenever I read about another top recruit making an early commitment to the Tar Heels though. Those early commitments make a coach's job so so so much easier when it comes time to make decisions on scholarship offers, which other players to scout and where to spend that ever so important face time with possible recruits. With so little time available for a head coach to physically go and watch a possible recruit relative to the number of players that they would typically want to see in person, it's a HUGE bonus when North Carolina now has two players rated in the top 15 for the class of 2014 committed. 

Coaches have the responsibility to balance the number of players on a current roster, number of scholarships available currently, along with balancing the different scenarios of losing players through taking their talents to the NBA/overseas professional basketball, academic ineligibility, transfers or any other situation. While the commitments are not "binding" per se, it's a rarity for a school such as North Carolina to have players have a change of heart after making that early commitment. With the signing of two 5 star recruits such as Berry(PG) and Jackson(SF) North Carolina is now looking extremely strong with nice depth at the PG position for years to come. They already had a 4 star PG Nate Britt signed who is coming in for next years class along with Isiah Hicks who himself is a 5-star PF and Kennedy Meeks who is a 4-star C. 

It looks like good ol coach Roy is probably going to lose James Michael McAdoo to the NBA which in my opinion isn't going to be much of a loss. He's played weak in big games, showed poor leadership, and really has been a huge disappointment in my opinion. For a guy that came into Chapel Hill with SO MUCH HYPE it's been beyond disappointing to see such a lack of emotion from someone who is supposed to be the leader on this team. Conversely  I think PJ Hairston has really started to show why he was a highly rated recruit coming out of high school, stepping up and hitting some big shots since being inserted into the starting lineup. When Roy went with this smaller starting group is really when UNC started playing their best basketball and I just hope it carries over to the big dance.

ESPN.COM Joel Berry article