2009 North Carolina Tar Heels Basketball Recruiting Class

The dust has finally setting from North Carolina’s march to the 2009 NCAA men’s basketball championship. The Tar Heels have reloaded in their 2009 recuiting class after seeing Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington, and Tyler Hansbrough depart for the 2009 NBA draft. John Henson comes in as one of the most highly touted big men of the 2009 prospects with Travis and David Wear giving UNC a trio of talented big men for next season’s defense of their 2009 title. Shooting guards Leslie McDonald and Dexter Strickland round out UNC’s recruiting class that is ranked in the top five of all major NCAA basketball programs for next year.

North Carolina’s 2009 Men’s Basketball Recruiting Class

#1 North Carolina Basketball Prospect – PF John Henson

Rivals.com – #5
Sout.com – #1
Ht: 6’10″

#2North Carolina Basketball Prospect – PF – Travis Wear

Rivals.com – #6
Sout.com – #14
Ht: 6’9″
Wt: 225lbs

#3 North Carolina Basketball Prospect -PG- Dexter Strickland
Rivals.com – #34
Sout.com – #8
Ht: 6’3″

#4 North Carolina Basketball Prospect -PF – David Wear

Rivals.com – #59
Sout.com – #13
Ht: 6’9″
Wt: 225lbs

#5 North Carolina Basketball Prospect -SG – Leslie McDonald

Rivals.com – #65
Sout.com – #12
Ht: 6’4″

2009-10 Projected Starting Lineup for the North Carolina Tar Heels

Similar to Kentucky, North Carolina will likely have their starting lineup evolve as the season progresses in 2009-10. John Henson will play the small forward position vice his originally recruited position of shooting guard due to his growth spurt…and he just might find himself platooning with Deon Thompson until he gets the Tar Heel system down. One of the Wear twins will likely get the nod at power forward but Ed Davis could end up keeping his position depending on pre-season workouts. Tyler Zeller should be shifted over to play the center position next season for North Carolina while Dexter Strickland will probably start the season in a backup role to Larry Drew II at the point, but could find himself as the starter by the time UNC hits conference play.

Projected North Carolina StartingLine-Up:

PG: Larry Drew, II

SG: Marcus Ginyard

SF: Deon Thompson

PF: David Wear

C: Tyler Zeller

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