Friday, October 18, 2013
#AskCoachB: Does UNC need a SG?
By Paul Biancardi
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The Tar Heels would like to add one more shooter to their second-ranked class if they could. When you look at their incoming class Joel Berry (Apopka, Fla./Lake Highland Prep) is a straight point guard, Justin Jackson (Tomball, Texas/Homeschool Christian Youth Association) is a terrific scorer who excels inside the arc and Theo Pinson (Greensboro, N.C./Wesleyan Christian Academy) can play any of the three perimeter spots on either end of the floor.
If the Tar Heels were to add one more piece to their outstanding class, they would likely profile someone who could make open shots with regularity, especially behind the 3-point line, but also have the ability to score in a variety of other ways. Preferably it would be a guard who could breakdown defenses, make shots and create his own shots.
They are currently involved with Rashad Vaughn (Golden Valley, Minn./Findlay College Prep), who is No. 17 in the ESPN 100 and plans to visit Chapel Hill during the season. When you examine the UNC roster, their two best long-range shooters could be gone after this season. Leslie McDonald, who will be graduating, knocks it down just over 35 percent of the time from behind the arc and P.J. Hairston could leave if he has a good season and he is their best 3-point shooter making 39 percent of his attempts.
Coach Roy Williams and his staff will be very selective in this process. If no one fits the bill, this freshman class has a great work ethic and will become better shooters. If they pass on adding one more to this year's class, then the priority in the 2015 class becomes shooters who can also create their own shot.