I think there’s no denying that the current UNC team are inexperienced and they’ve been getting a lot of criticism for the mistakes made this year.. but it’s not all bad, at all.
Let’s take a quick look at what the statistics say about University of North Carolina’s Freshmen Class and what does the future look like?
UNC is ranked 323rd most experienced team, out of 342 teams. 7 out of 11 of our rotation are freshmen and playing 50.8% of the minutes played.
Freshmen have made 35 starts this season; Caleb Love (14), RJ Davis (10), Kerwin Walton (8). This is the fourth most in the nation.
Freshmen are third, fourth and fifth in the scoring charts for the Tar Heels (Love, Sharpe, Davis). First time there are three freshmen in the top 5 in scoring since 2006-07, with Brandan Wright, Wayne Ellington and Ty Lawson. They ended up having quite a good UNC career (and NBA).
Freshmen have scored 53.1% of UNC’s points this year and that’s the second highest in any season at UNC. Only a team from 2002-03 stacked by May, Felton, McCants and Noel scored a higher percentage of the teams points when they were scoring 62% of the points.
Caleb Love is joined by great company as a young starting point guard with this being the eighth time Coach Williams’ has started a freshmen at PG for a majority of the season. (Frasor, Lawson, Marshall, Paige, Britt, White and Anthony).
Caleb Love, RJ Davis and Day’Ron Sharpe have been ballin’ this year too, all winning ACC Freshman of the Week this season. First time three players have won this award since 2010-11 after Harrison Barnes, Kendall Marshall and Reggie Bullock picked up the award.
If we look at past Tar Heels mentioned already; Rashad McCants, Sean May, Raymond Felton, Wayne Ellington and Ty Lawson. These players stayed for a few seasons and all got to cut down the net as a NATIONAL CHAMPION.
Will the freshmen from this year stay a few seasons in Chapel Hill? There’s talks about Love and Sharpe leaving school early, Walker Kessler is being touted a future NBA player. Although we know we’re not a One and Done school (forget Little and Anthony we knew that was going to happen and Coby was a surprise and he deserved it!), will any of our freshmen be off this year?
I know we’ve made offers to three out of the top 10 recruits in next year’s recruiting class of 2021 but not even my biased Tar Heel heart could convince me that they’ll sign (prove me wrong universe!).
BUT…. Armando Bacot (Best UNC Player this year? Potentially) is still only a Sophomore and Leaky Black still has one more year left before graduating as a Senior. Our future looks in good hands.
From how we’ve been playing, you will see the Tar Heels in Indianapolis in March, for how long.. that is the question. Our current best prediction is UNC making the second week in March then we’ll likely be against a #1 seed. Joe Lunardi has recently said in his latest ESPN article that we will be against Gonzaga in the second round and well, I like playing Gonzaga (2017).
Tar Heels, what do you think our future looks like?
Another championship banner in next few years?