Trey Lyles recently eliminated North Carolina from consideration releasing his top six teams via his Instagram account. The 2014 power forward listed Florida, Kentucky, Louisville, Butler, UCLA, and Duke. Lyles is the #5 rated overall player in the 2014 class.
A lot of Tar Heel fans were disappointed when the news broke that Lyles had dropped UNC from his list mere days after discussing a potential visit to Chapel Hill. Not I, I’m glad the Heels aren’t faced with potentially messing up their scholarship numbers in the 2014 season and having an unbalanced roster.
Taking into account the potential layout of the roster in 2014 the Tar Heels will be rich at point guard and interior positions with a big need on the perimeter. Freshman Joel James and Brice Johnson have great potential but I can’t see anybody telling you with a straight face that they won’t be around for their junior seasons combine that with incoming freshman Isiah Hicks and Kennedy Meeks not to mention Desmond Hubert and Jackson Simmons and the Heels really don’t need a big man in 2014.
Let’s take a look at the potential roster:
PG: Marcus Paige/Nate Britt/Joel Berry
SG/SF: J.P. Tokoto/P.J. Hairston*
PF: Brice Johnson/Isiah Hicks
C: Kennedy Meeks/Joel James/Desmond Hubert
That’s ten scholarship players, I’m assuming Hairston goes pro after the 2013 season when he finally gets big minutes with Dexter Strickland out of his way. Even if that scenario plays out the Heels still only have three available scholarships. Given the impending need on the perimeter the remaining scholarships need to be go to prospects who can fill those holes. An unbalanced roster heavy with big men would essentially provide the exact same problems with the rotation we are seeing this season on the perimeter with a lack of production at two key positions.
Trey Lyles is a fantastic player but unless several players end up leaving early that I wouldn’t expect to see leave at this point the Heels need to focus on the perimeter.