CHARLOTTE, N.C. — There’s something special about this year's Tar Heels that Hubert Davis finds particularly promising.
“I like diversity,” the UNC men’s basketball coach said at the 2023 ACC Tipoff. “I don’t want a team full of incoming freshmen, and I don’t want a team full of transfers. I like a combination of a number of different things. That’s one of the things that I really like about this team.”
This season, North Carolina’s 14-man roster has seven new players, including first-years like Zayden High and Elliot Cadeau, along with a flurry of veteran transfers like Cormac Ryan and Paxson Wojcik.
As North Carolina looks to bounce back from a lackluster year — one that saw the preseason No. 1 Tar Heels miss the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010 — it’ll be both old and new faces leading the way.
Players from the league's 15 schools gathered in Charlotte today to preview the upcoming season. Here are the takeaways from this year's ACC Tipoff.
Makers, not shooters
Sure, the Tar Heels have plenty of options willing to shoot from deep: namely, RJ Davis, Wojcik and Ryan.
But that’s not what Hubert is concerned about.
“We don’t need shooters,” the head coach said. “We need makers. There’s a difference between [field goal attempts] and [field goals made]. I also think there is a link between shooting percentages and our lack of team assists.”