A star point guard paired with one or two dominant post players has been the traditional recipe for success for North Carolina men's basketball teams in years past.
The missing pieces in that formula are the team’s wings, a group of versatile players capable of propelling a relatively good UNC team that competes for one of the top spots in the ACC to a national contender.
Here’s a breakdown of the four main wings on this year’s team:
The clear leader of this group is junior Leaky Black, whose lanky 6-foot-8, 195-pound frame made him flexible enough to split time between small forward and point guard when Cole Anthony was injured last season.
Although Black never stood out tremendously at one particular phase of the game on offense, he’s proven to be a player who's sufficient in multiple areas. In roughly 30 minutes per game last year he notched season highs of 14 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.
On the defensive end of the floor, there’s a strong possibility Black could make the jump to be the team’s best defender. He led the Tar Heels in steals at 40 on the season and finished second behind center Armando Bacot in blocks with 25 last year.
With the addition of recruits Caleb Love and RJ Davis, two highly-touted guards, expect Black to settle into a more defined role in either the 2 or 3 spot this season.