Nov 11, 2012 Raleigh, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels forward Brice Johnson (11) lays the ball up in front of Florida Atlantic Owls defenders in the first half at the Dean E. Smith Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-US PRESSWiRE

UNC Basketball: Tar Heels Will be Impressive in the Paint for a Long Time


Roy Williams has done a terrific job of gaining commitments from two high quality big men in each of the last two recruiting classes who’s styles and body types will compliment one another well.   North Carolinas freshman big men Joel James and Brice Johnson have impressed this season and look to not only be staples of the future but players that UNC will count on for important spots in the rotation and production this season.

With the commitment of five star center Kennedy Meeks on Friday Roy secured his second top 20 big man of the 2013 class pairing Meeks with power forward Isiah Hicks.   In each class the big man duo compliments each other with a smaller PF and big bodied C providing tremendous depth for the 2013 season and beyond.

Carolina likes to get out and run and their big men are a huge part of the transition offense relied upon to dominate the boards and beat their man down the court for easy baskets.  By having two players at each post position Roy will have the ability to rotate players at both positions and keep fresh legs in the game at all times.

It is assumed that sophomore James Michael McAdoo this years go to guy in the post will bolt for the NBA after this season and his play so far in the early parts of this season validate that expectation which makes these acquisitions all the more important to the Tar Heels future.

It will be interesting to see which of these four separate themselves as the top players in the rotation once all four are in Chapel Hill.  As evidenced this season with Roy starting Desmond Hubert over James and Johnson he prefers to go with experience at least initially.  Hicks and Meeks are higher rated prospects than James and Johnson were before they arrived in Carolina and will be given every opportunity to shine.  No matter who becomes the top dogs in the paint those future of both positions look extremely bright for the Tar Heels.

For all the criticism Roy Williams has received on the recruiting front it’s obvious that he has done a terrific job of building quality depth for years to come as all four players figure to stay in college for multiple seasons.

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Tags: Brice Johnson Isiah Hicks Joel James Kennedy Meeks North Carolina Tar Heels

  • http://twitter.com/abatattm Torrell Arnette

    Great story on roy’s recruiting classes!