Days after the North Carolina men's basketball team suffered a heartbreaking 97-80 defeat to Auburn in the Sweet 16, first-year forward Nassir Little announced he would enter his name into the 2019 NBA Draft.
The news, although not surprising, means that UNC will not return at least four of its top five scorers from this year's team. Cameron Johnson, Kenny Williams and Luke Maye will not be walking on the court wearing Carolina Blue next season, and it's become increasingly unlikely that Coby White will return.
White's name has shot up draft boards during an impressive first-year campaign where he averaged 16.1 points and became the first UNC first-year to score 30 or more points on three separate occasions. If White declares for the NBA draft, that will leave Garrison Brooks, the team's sixth leading scorer, as the top weapon for the 2019-2020 team.
For UNC to avoid the kind of fall back down to Earth that it suffered in the 2009-2010 season when it failed to make the NCAA Tournament after the 2008-2009 team's top four scorers left for the NBA, the Tar Heels must sign Cole Anthony.
Anthony, the top remaining recruit still unsigned in the 2019 class according to 247Sports, is the kind of score-first guard North Carolina will need if White leaves Chapel Hill. The son of former NBA player Greg Anthony announced via Twitter on Sunday that he has narrowed his list of potential suitors down to four schools: Georgetown, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Oregon.