Yesterday, believe it or not, marked the beginning of the UNC Basketball season as head coach Roy Williams brought the team onto the practice hardwoods for the first time as a unit. You had to know that this was coming as main stream media sites, as well as bloggers, were beginning with their pre season rankings.
But even more as blogs and web boards began with the same questions they always have this time of the year when it comes to Heels basketball… who is going to start this year at this or that position.
While I have no problem with what people write about, enjoying any article about the Tar Heels, I have to say that trying to break down how many minutes each player on the squad will get feels like a lot of guessing to me, especially with no practices under the belt for anyone for the 2013 season.
And while I find it interesting how each of the bloggers or posters put out their reasoning behind it, here is my thought on all of it, in a simple sentence… when it comes to any year, on the basketball team, isn’t the important question “who is in at the end when the game is on the line”?
But I do have several questions for the upcoming season…
- For the team… how much will playing such a tough out of conference schedule mold them
- For the bigs… Is this the year that McAdoo shows that he can do at this level and the next?
- For the guards… When will Hairston be back, and will the NCAA add to the punishment?
- For the upper classmen… Who is going to be the leader for this team?
- For the incoming freshmen… how long will it take for them to be a solid part of the team?
With many variables to work out I am not sure how many minutes each players will get and all of that, but I do know one thing, whomever is on the court they best give 100% or else, like it has happened before, coach Williams will yank them all out and replace all five on the court. And if that happens I am sure it will skew the minutes per player average for most out there!
In the end, I am pretty sure that this season is going to be one with some bumps in the road, but if the team can gel together and the freshmen can come together and contribute, they might just be a force in the ACC and in the best tournament of any sport, that they call “March Madness”.