#15 North Carolina Tar Heels: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

The North Carolina Tar Heels never rebuild, they reload.  Despite losing four starters who were all first round picks in the 2012 NBA Draft, UNC has a talented squad but there are some questions marks.

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UNC’s John Henson one of most overrated players in 2012 NBA Draft

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North Carolina‘s John Henson is one of the most overrated players in this year’s NBA Draft. Of course he is, he was a member of the Tar Heels college basketball team, meaning he’s going to get more pub than other, often more deserving prospects. UNC guys receive a brighter spotlight than what they deserve.

Henson is a gawky, gangly fellow who just has trouble putting on and keeping weight. That will hurt him at the next level. Still he can defend, meaning Serge Ibaka is someone he can pattern his game after.

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NBA Draft stock report: Duke vs. North Carolina edition

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Duke’s comeback at North Carolina Wednesday night capped off by a game-winning, buzzer-beating three-pointer by Austin Rivers added another chapter to one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports.  Several likely NBA Draft first round picks were on display in Chapel Hill.  Let’s check in to see which Blue Devils and Tar Heels helped or hurt their NBA Draft Stock.

Here’s a look at The Sports Bank’s 2012 NBA Mock Draft and our insanely early 2013 NBA Mock Draft.

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