UNC Basketball: Early Offense Will Help Heels

Watching North Carolina in transition you see the heady passes from Marcus Paige and the athleticism of Brice Johnson, but an area of concern is with the Tar Heels half court offense.  Roy Williams secondary break is a difficult system for a young point guard to master, but for the Tar heels to become more efficient on offense they are will need to run even faster and allow their inside game to develop early in the shot clock.

Nov 16, 2012; Long Beach, CA, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard P.J. Hairston (15) goes up for a layup against the Long Beach State 49ers during the first half at Walter Pyramid. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-US PRESSWIRE

During the second half North Carolina knocked down back to back three pointers, but both of the shots came after a little ball movement and James Michael McAdoo touched the ball to start each possession.  McAdoo commands such attention inside that his presence on the court will give North Carolina more open looks from the outside. North Carolina has struggled from outside, but the tar Heels do have good shooters and it is only time before we see more consistency.

The area I am seeing the most concern is possessions where UNC has little movement and you look up and see less than ten seconds on the shot clock. There is no Ty Lawson to breakdown the defense for a easy bucket or a Wayne Ellington to create their own shot at will.  When Dexter Strickland, a player I respect a lot, is at the top of the key pulling up from twenty three feet we might as well wave a white flag.

What does UNC need to do to be more efficient on offense?  As discussed earlier the secondary break is a chance to obtain easy baskets, create ball movement and find some open easy shots.  McAdoo runs the floor so well that puts him in some opportunities for one on one situation where he excels.  Marcus Paige is going to become better in the half court, but until he gets a little stronger winning those last second shot clock battles may be an ongoing development for the freshman.

Roy Williams loves to run, and for this team to continue success he may want to push this team to run more often than they are ready to do so.

Topics: North Carolina Tar Heels

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