May 12, 2016
North Carolina should once again have a top contender during the 2016-17 season, but the campaign will not be completely smooth sailing.
The Tar Heels will return a lot of talent from last year’s squad that went all the way to the national championship before falling to Villanova. While Justin Jackson is still considering a move to the NBA, he hasn’t signed an agent and could also be back in Chapel Hill.
Meanwhile, a solid recruiting class of three impact players will help ensure little drop-off from this past season.
However, last year’s team had its flaws, and losing Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige will only exacerbate some of the issues. UNC will be able to dominate a lot of its opponents, but question marks will arise against tougher competition.
Although a lot will change throughout the offseason and during the regular season, here is an early look at strengths and weaknesses for the upcoming year at North Carolina.