UNC Basketball: 3 players primed to level up in conference play

As conference play picks back up for Hubert Davis and the UNC basketball program, these three players are primed to step into expanded roles.

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. 6' 9" 215 lbs. 441. Senior. Jae'Lyn Withers. Jae'Lyn Withers. . Jae'Lyn Withers. F. player

Jae'Lyn Withers has certainly had his moments during his early tenure with the UNC basketball program.

At times, Withers has showcased his size and athleticism, making plays on both sides of the floor. In other instances, Withers has seemed a bit out of sorts, as his minutes have started to decline since averaging around 15-20 minutes per-game in tje early going.

Withers is too talented of a basketball player to not be an impactful player for the Tar Heels, as his skillset is something the UNC basketball program is going to desperately need, especially against bigger opponents.

When the Tar Heels face a team that is playing a bigger lineup, Hubert Davis hasn't been afraid to throw Withers in at the four spot, and has used Jalen Washington in that role a little of late as well. Withers seems to be a natural fit there, given his athleticism and ability to stretch the floor, even though he hasn't gotten going from beyond-the-arc just yet.

As he starts to get comfortable in his role, Withers is going to take his game to another level, providing a very valuable weapon for Davis to utilize off the bench. If he can start to consistently knock down his open shots, it will add another dynamic to the Tar Heels' offensive attack that would provide a huge boost for the team's second unit.