The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has some pretty exciting things going on in the Dean Dome this season! The Tar Heels are returning four players who started a number of games throughout last season, including upperclassmen talents Kennedy Meeks and Joel Berry. To add to the hype, the Heels have also brought in four new freshmen athletes to the squad. With one McDonald’s All-American, one young star known for his sheer athleticism in YouTube videos, and two fairly unknown players entering the roster, it will surely make for an interesting year.
Tony Bradley #5:
6’10” with a slinky frame.. hmm.. seems familiar…
Bradley was a member of the 2016 McDonald’s All-American class and is one heck of a player. Ranked 26th in the nation in the national compiled rankings, he is a fundamentally strong and will be a perfect piece for the future of this team. Many of his past coaches and teammates liken him to Tim Duncan and after watching him play some at Late Night with Roy, I can see it. Be prepared for this man to be a pivotal part of the team early.
Seventh Woods #21:
This kid can DUNK!
PSA: When guarding this man on the fast break, watch out below! If you haven’t heard of Seventh Woods, out of Columbia, SC, then get prepared to hear the name more often. He’s a flashy, athletic guard with a strong will to get to the hoop. His offensive skills will need some tuning up, because he seems to get jittery on jump shots, but his quickness will be huge for us on defense in late stretches of the game.
Brandon Robinson #14:
Is that Danny Green?
Brandon Robinson held quietly at 60th in the National Rankings and will be looking to surprise a lot of fans this season. The main thing that stood out about him during Late Night with Roy is that this guy can flat out SHOOT. He’s got a great stroke and it should be exciting to see how Roy uses his lanky frame at the two-guard position.
Shea Rush #11:
He sure doesn’t look like a walk-on..
His dad, JaRon, played at UCLA. His uncle, Kareem, played seven seasons in the NBA. Brandon Rush, his other uncle, won a championship at Kansas and then an NBA Finals at Golden State. Needless to say, this preferred walk-on comes from strong basketball roots. At first glance, he’s got a nice build for a freshman small forward and seems to be strong fundamentally. He’s got to work on his shot some, but there’s a strong sense of Marcus Ginyard in him.
My Really Early (And Probably Biased) Prediction
Tony Bradley will be an All-American in his sophomore season. Mark it down, write it in paper, transcribe it into stone. He’s far too talented and fits too well into Roy Williams offense to be a bust. He will be the most level-headed and dominant big man that UNC has seen since Tyler Hansbrough. Look for him to be an absolute star of the college stage.