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How North Carolina, Baylor reload

3/26/2012

As teams are eliminated from the NCAA tournament, RecruitingNation is looking at what each team is losing after this season, what kind of recruiting class they're bringing in and what it means for their hopes of making it back to the Big Dance in future seasons. Here is a look at the teams knocked out on Saturday.

North Carolina Tar Heels

What they're losing: ACC player of the year Tyler Zeller may be the only senior on the roster that is a major factor for all of UNC's success, but when you recruit the kind of talent that UNC has, you know that you are always one NBA draft away from having to reload. Junior John Henson and sophomore Harrison Barnes are expected to be in the 2012 NBA draft and sophomore Kendall Marshall could join them.

What they're adding: Recruiting has never been an issue in Chapel Hill and the Tar Heels have again attracted an outstanding class. Marcus Paige (Marion, Iowa/Linn-Mar) is considered the top point guard in the 2012 class, while Brice Johnson (Cordova, S.C./Edisito) and Joel James (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Dwyer) will give UNC two developing posts for the future. J.P. Tokoto (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Menomonee Falls) is an outstanding athlete who should flourish in Roy Williams' attacking transition system.

What it equals: This class may not have the elite top-10 overall player that UNC is accustomed to signing, but it is a talented group of three- or four-year players who should grow, develop and keep the Tar Heels at the top of the ACC and national rankings.


Baylor Bears

What they're losing: It's a pretty safe bet Scott Drew isn't going to be able to fend off the NBA's recruitment of Perry Jones III this year. Jones' late-season surge -- as if he needed one in the eyes of the scouts -- solidified the millions he's on the verge of making. Quincy Acy has exhausted his eligibility, and there's always the chance that one of the Bears' talented youngsters will test the waters as well.

What they're adding: The Bears trade one lottery pick for another as Isaiah Austin (Arlington, Texas/Grace Prep) comes into the program with the look and feel of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Yep, in Waco they mean business when it comes to lottery bigs, and Austin is next. He'll be flanked by efficient rebounding maven Ricardo Gathers (LaPlace, La./Riverside Academy), point guard L.J. Rose (Houston/Westbury Christian) and the versatile and possibly undervalued forward Chad Rykhoek (Fort Worth, Texas/Christian).

What it equals: The Bears lost a giant neon lottery pick in Jones -- or likely will -- and replaced him with another one in Austin. Folks, that ain't easy, but it's becoming the norm, not the exception, under Drew. The sign of a good program is when you replace your key players and don't have a drop. Baylor's done that. Don't expect the same win total next year, but look out the following season.