Help is on the way for Tar Heels in 2014

Roy Williams hasn't had a lot to smile about recently, but UNC's 2014 recruiting class is changing that. Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- It’s been a rough stretch for Roy Williams and the North Carolina Tar Heels program. There’s the academic scandal that won’t seem to go away, the recent off-court issues with guard P.J. Hairston, and the mediocre season (by UNC standards) in 2012-13.

The Tar Heels finished 25-11 overall last season and 12-6 in ACC play, which was respectable after losing four first-round picks in the 2012 NBA draft.

Still, Marcus Paige wasn’t ready to be immediately thrust into the role as the program’s starting point guard. James Michael McAdoo saw his NBA stock plummet as he struggled to find a natural position. The Tar Heels didn’t have a big man ready to step in for Tyler Zeller and John Henson, and Williams stubbornly waited too long until inserting Hairston into the starting lineup and playing small ball.

But help is on the way.