Within the next few months the 2011 North Carolina basketball class will enroll in class and begin their journey as Tar Heels. In this edition we take a look at what each player brings to the table and what to expect.
McAdoo is undoubtedly the jewel of the class
James McAdoo 6’8 220 (Norfolk, Va/Norfolk Christian) (247 Ranking: 8th Nationally)
McAdoo is an instant impact player that would start in most years however with Roy Williams set to return senior Tyler Zeller and junior John Henson it will mean that McAdoo can take his time and come off the bench. The 6’8, 220 pound prospect is an active player on both ends of the floor that possesses the ability to score the ball.
It is likely that McAdoo will give the Tar Heels between 12 and 16 minutes each night and is capable of starting should something happen to either of the seniors. More importantly he will give Williams another quality body to run out on the floor that has the ability to score the ball. McAdoo will need to continue to improve his perimeter game a little to be more of a threat outside of 12 feet but his main focus upon arriving on campus this summer will be to hit the weight room and prepare his body for the rigors of conference play.
P.J. Hairston 6’5 210 (Greensboro, NC/Hargrave Military Academy) (247 Ranking: 12th Nationally)
Just like McAdoo, Hairston would be an instant impact player for the Tar Heels in most seasons but will find himself behind a variety of experienced and talented wing players when he arrives. Harrison Barnes and Reggie Bullock both have a year in the system and will be counted to provide the minutes however having an McDonalds All-American sitting down the bench never hurts.
It will be interesting to see where Hairston fits into the rotation during his first year on campus. Along with Barnes and Bullock, Dexter Strickland and Leslie McDonald are also capable of providing minutes at the off guard and wing spots. Still Hairston brings a deadly accurate shooter from the perimeter and can finish at the rim with power. Upon arriving this summer Hairston will need to develop his mid range game a little more as well as his ball handling in order to create his own shot off the dribble a little more often.
Desmond Hurbert 6’9 210 (Cream Ridge, NJ/New Egypt) (247 Ranking: 96th Nationally)
Hubert was the final addition to the Tar Heel class committing during the spring signing period. The 6’9, 210 pound prospect was an important pick up with both Zeller and Henson set to depart following the 2011-2012 campaign. This season Hubert will be allowed to develop at a much slower rate and not be rushed into action still he is capable of proving solid minutes if called upon.
Hairston could make an immediate impact next season
Hubert is blessed with incredible athletic ability as he runs the floor extremely well and is one of the better shot blocking prospects in the country. He will need to add strength this coming season while also developing his moves in the post. Hubert is a capable scorer now but does need to become more consistent from outside of five feet. Expect Hubert to provide quality back up minutes during his first season in Chapel Hill.
Stillman White 6’1 170 (Wilmington, NC/John T. Hoggard)
With the departure of Larry Drew in mid season the Tar Heels had a need for another point guard heading into 2011. In steps White who committed to Williams and North Carolina at the end of March and will enroll for 2011-2012 before heading off on a two year Mormon mission and then return to Chapel Hill.
This coming season While will not be asked to do more than supply a few minutes here and there in spot duty for sophomore Kendall Marshall. When on the floor, White will bring a high basketball I.Q. along with the ability to knock down the three point shot as he made over 36 percent of his long range shots in his final season of high school ball.
Jackson Simmons (Sylva, NC/Smokey Mountain) 6’7 200
Simmons was scheduled to be a preferred walk on with the Tar Heels but a week ago was offered the opportunity to receive a full basketball scholarship for the 2011-2012 season. The 6’7 200 pound prospect will provide North Carolina with a strong work ethic in practice most likely during the upcoming season while continuing to develop defensive ability and shooting range.
When Simmons does see the floor he will bring with him the ability to score by using a nice hook shot over his left shoulder. He will also bring a physical presence, as Simmons is not afraid to bang down low and fight for position for rebounding.