Tarheels Bolster 2008-09 Roster

Good news Tarheel Fans! Junior Danny Green and sophomores Ty Lawson and Wayne “The Rain” Ellington are coming back next year. The three made their announcement just before the underclassmen deadline for the NBA Draft. Now I would have to say the Tarheels are the early favorites to make the 2009 Final Four as they return all of their starters (Hansbrough, Thompson, Ginyard, Ellington, Lawson), retain their 6th man (Green), and add a collection of McDonald’s All-Americans and highly rated recruits (Ed Davis, Larry Drew, and Tyler Zeller). Additionally, Bobby Frasor should be healthy again, and the bench only loses Quentin Thomas, Surry Wood and Alex Stepheson (transfer to UCLA).

The Lawson decision is a little bittersweet as he was recently stopped for a DWI, but I don’t think that his legal troubles will overshadow a potentially epic season. The last two seasons have ended in disappointment as the Tarheels were manhandled by the Kansas Jayhawks in the Final Four this paster year and the year before the Heels blew a late lead in the Elite Eight to the Georgetown Hoyas.

I can’t wait to see the Carolina Blue make a late season march in the NCAA tournament. Maybe Barack Obama’s recent visit will inspire the Tarheels to go all of the way. Go Heels!

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