Dec 8, 2012 Chapel Hill, NC, USA. North Carolina Tarheels forward J.P. Tokoto (25) dunks during the second half against the East Tennessee State Buccaneers at the Dean E. Smith Center. North Carolina won 78-55. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

UNC Basketball: JP Tokoto; Another Reason to Stop Doubting Roy Williams

North Carolina coach Roy Williams was under intense scrutiny mostly by fans of the Tar Heels for their lack of a top 10 prospect in the 2012 class, a class ranked eighth nationally I might add.  And again this year with the Heels ranked fifth nationally with their 2013 class that so far has three prospects signed, two of which are five star rated players.

One prospect in particular that many frowned upon was J.P. Tokoto who was dubbed as just another wing who couldn’t shoot the basketball.  Tokoto was a guy that saw his rating drop pretty dramatically after he committed to Carolina and the decision to bring him in was a heavily scrutinized one.

Going into the season I wrote several times and felt certain that Tokoto would have a very small and almost meaningless role on a roster stacked with perimeter talent.  My reasoning was sound, Tokoto is raw, a tremendous athlete lacking a jump shot on a roster with experienced more rounded players who play the same position.  But the one thing you cannot predict, the one thing you cannot measure in stats is hustle and hear and JP Tokoto has a whole lot of both.

Tokoto has shown that he belongs and proven that he has a great basketball IQ and that he belongs at a big time program like North Carolina.  All this and he hasn’t even scratched his potential.  Tokoto is one of four freshman who have shown enough promise this season to say with confidence that they will do big things in Chapel Hill, just another reason to stop doubting Roy Williams.


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