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College basketball practice previews: North Carolina men

College basketball practice previews: North Carolina men

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One in a series of previews of the college basketball preseason, which can begin Wednesday for NCAA Division I men's and women's teams.

North Carolina men

First practice date

Wednesday

2019-20 record

6-14 ACC, 14-19 overall

Key losses

PG Cole Anthony (18.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 17 points, third-team All-ACC)

G Brandon Robinson (11.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 57 assists)

G Justin Pierce (5 points, 4 rebounds)

Key returnees

C Garrison Brooks (16.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, All-ACC and ACC’s most improved player)

C Armando Bacot (9.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, started every game last season)

G Leaky Black (6.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists; led Tar Heels with 40 steals)

G Andrew Platek (3.9 points, 1.4 assists)

Key additions

C Day'Ron Sharpe (five-star recruit ranked No. 12 in ESPN's class of 2020)

C Walker Kessler (five-star recruit ranked No. 14 by ESPN)

PG Caleb Love (five-star recruit ranked No. 18 by ESPN; 26.3 points and 6.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists as senior)

G R.J. Davis (four-star recruit ranked No. 43 by ESPN; player of the year by MaxPreps in New York; 26.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 5.3 assists as senior)

F Puff Johnson (four-star recruit ranked No. 60 by ESPN; younger brother of former Tar Heel Cameron Johnson)

About the preseason

Coach Roy Williams will have a lot of pieces this season thanks to a recruiting class ranked No. 2 nationally, behind Kentucky, by 247sports.com. The veterans who suffered through a tough season will have plenty to prove. Finding enough quality outside shooters should be No. 1 on the to-do list for this current crop of Tar Heels.

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