In the UNC men’s basketball team’s first public scrimmage against St. Augustine’s, it took just three baskets to showcase a new-look Tar Heel offense.
Their first three baskets of the game, which came in the opening one minute and 42 seconds, symbolized the improvements that the offense — which finished 13th in the ACC in team field goal percentage — will look to carry over into the 2023 season.
Graduate forward Armando Bacot finds a cutting RJ Davis, leading to an easy layup for the senior guard and a quick 2-0 advantage.
While the Bacot-Davis connection is nothing new, ball movement was a major struggle for last year’s UNC team — the Tar Heels ranked 124th in NCAA Division I in assist/turnover ratio — resulting in a consistently disjointed offense.
On Friday, the Tar Heels passed up on open looks to find even better ones and finished with 23 team assists.
Junior forward Harrison Ingram said Hubert Davis emphasizes the "0.5 mentality" — a brand of basketball that encourages players to make a decision with the ball within half a second of catching it. By doing this, the Tar Heels are aiming to get back to the "old Carolina" and move the ball as one cohesive unit.
"We were able to always get the next guy, the next great shot," RJ Davis said. "That's always been an emphasis for us and we were just moving the ball and we went from good to great shots today."