The North Carolina men’s basketball season starts at 7 p.m. tonight.
But as of 2 p.m. Thursday, coach Roy Williams hadn’t set his starting lineup.
“As we stand here right now, I still do not know who I’m going to start,” Williams said at a press conference in the Smith Center Thursday.
“The staff talked about it at the staff meeting this morning. It’s been really interesting … I’m waiting for somebody to step up and say, ‘I’m going to deserve that.’”
Williams admitted that uncertainty this close to the start of the season is unusual for him, but that doesn’t have him concerned.
He’s confident in his freshman point guard Marcus Paige. He’s confident in his returners Dexter Strickland, Reggie Bullock and James Michael McAdoo.
Those four, he’s sure about — it’s the other post spot he’s not so sure about.
In North Carolina’s 81-54 exhibition win against Shaw, Williams started 6-foot-10 sophomore Desmond Hubert in the other post position.
But freshman Joel James played more minutes than Hubert, and despite a one-for-six showing at the free throw line, James outscored Hubert 13 to two.