Caulton Tudor

Tar Heels have high ceiling in trying year for Williams

Posted October 9, 2013

FILE: UNC head coach Roy Williams reacts to play during the North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Florida State Seminoles NCAA basketball game, Saturday, March 3, 2013 in Chapel Hill, NC.

— During a mid-August news conference in Chapel Hill, Roy Williams described his summer as a “hard one.”

“No question about that,” the North Carolina basketball coach said.

Just wait, Roy, just wait.

Summer on the P.J. Hairston course was all about working the driving range and strolling the practice green. Now, it’s almost time to start counting strokes, posting scores and hopping hazards.

In other words, the winter’s also going to be a doozy.

If Williams thought he’d read and watched a lot of Hairston headlines, heard some fan grousing and saw an academic advisor resign in protest over Hairston’s reinstatement to the roster already, more of the same is on the way as the NCAA completes its review of the junior forward’s escapades.

Then, there will be decisions to be made regarding suspension time, followed by Hairston’s return and impact on the team, the locker room, the court chemistry and endless taunting from opposing student bodies. 

Williams completely understands what lies ahead.

Like most high-profile college basketball and football coaches, Williams knows the big paychecks come with big pressure and a life of crisis management and damage control. It all comes with the territory.

It’s bad enough when the last guy on the bench decides to major in irrational behavior. When the best offensive player on the roster and one of the most explosive scorers in the entire country continually dabbles in disorder, the nightmare resonates long and loud.

INSIDE REVIVAL
Despite the ups and down with Hairston, the potential upside for this Tar Heel team is higher than the group that went 25-11 overall, 12-6 in the ACC and lost by 12 points to Kansas its second NCAA game last season.

It all hinges, of course, on the P.J. factor.

If Hairston only misses a few games and can mind his manners inside the locker room and outside the gym, the Heels should be a national top-10 team.

True, the departure of Reggie Bullock for the NBA leaves Hairston as the primary 3-point shooter but you have to assume wingman Leslie McDonald and playmaker Marcus Paige are improved over a year ago.

Bullock sank 88 threes and Hairston 89. McDonald hit 42 and Paige 45.

With or without Hairston in the lineup, it’s a safe bet that Williams and his staff will make re-establishing the offensive paint a priority.

Hairston’s late offensive impact last season put an unexpectedly bright face on what was an ugly offensive ordeal much of the season.

For the first time in ages, Carolina had a collection of big men with almost no experience and no more than a marginal talent edge – if that – over opposing bigs. The result was a team that had to play a style way out of Williams’ comfort zone.

Even the talented James Michael McAdoo (6-9, 230) struggled to score until Hairston’s surge changed the offensive dynamic.

Then-freshmen Brice Johnson (6-9, 210), Joel James (6-10, 280) and sophomore Desmond Hubert (6-10, 225) spent the season in such a fog that lightly regarded Jackson Simmons (6-7, 225) became an important contributor even though he rarely got off the bench until mid-season.

Logically, all four of those players should have improved over the off-season. The same goes for winger J.P. Tokoto (6-5, 200).

When all the personnel pieces are counted, Williams will start with at least eight reasonably experienced players – nine with Hairston.

Freshmen Kennedy Meeks (6-9, 290) and Isaiah Hicks (6-8, 220) add even more size and Hicks has impressive mobility.

By Carolina standards, the sheer talent level is still down from some seasons past but not so much that the Tar Heels should be a distinct disadvantage against Duke, Syracuse and Notre Dame. Williams will have a restless season. He’ll sleep with one eye open and in constant fear of a 3 a.m. phone call.

But if Hairston can stay out of foul trouble on the civil front, the Heels should again be a Sweet 16 NCAA team.

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  • chapel hill Oct 12, 2013

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    The wuffies will suck though

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again03 Oct 11, 2013

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    CJ had a car that was in the shop being repaired. He borrowed a car for a week IIRC. I think the problem with CJ was his cousin receiving a couple hundred bucks to help pay for an apartment application.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again03 Oct 11, 2013

    If our rival is elevated, then we are being held back by default.

  • heelsforever Oct 10, 2013

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    The truth is that someone loaned CJ a car and if I remember correctly it was someone who did have a prior relationship with him. IMO he should not have missed a single game for that. After all, other students likely get car loans from time to time and the whole point is that Athletes should not receive benefits that other students do not.

  • heelsforever Oct 10, 2013

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    "...the system has been rigged against us for so long."

    Your exact words.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again03 Oct 10, 2013

    Mooage >>>>> Walmartage

  • sburdett Oct 10, 2013

    EZ, We "mooers" know that you are the epitome of a Walmart Tarhole fan. 10 to 1 - I bet you've never even been in Chapel Hole. 100 to 1 I bet you work at the drive-thru window of a fast food restaurant. And we "mooers" do agree that we do suck hind teet when compared to the flagship's record setting academic and athletic transgressions. Some things just never change. I like knowing that.

    Can I get fries with my order?

  • ezme22 Oct 10, 2013

    The mooage here is laughable. I feel I must point out one very important fact; after all the trash the mooers have spewed toward UNC during the past few years the simple truth of the matter is that moo still sucks hind teet when compared to the Flagship. After all the wailing and gnashing of teeth these poor delusional whiners still long to be what UNC actually is; the overall #1 college athletic dept. in the state and one of the very best in the country. Moo, for all it's posturing, bluster and hype still lags far behind the Flagship. Some things just never change. I like knowing that. I like knowing the mooers know it even more, lol.

  • randrmomanddad Oct 10, 2013

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    you'll needs some drugs when they wax the PNC area a with your sorry @%#

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again03 Oct 10, 2013

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    Speaking of... that dude "NCSUTruth" should be banned from ever having a user name with "Truth" in the name!

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