For the "Freshman Impact" series, Insider's college basketball and recruiting experts will be teaming up to examine how 15 of the nation's best recruiting classes will fit in with their teams in the 2013-14 season.
John: Paul, it's not often that a discussion of North Carolina occurs in the aftermath of a third-place finish in the ACC, three games out of first. Was that one of those proverbial "down" seasons we just saw from Roy Williams' team?
Paul: I actually thought the Tar Heels had an overachieving season, John. It's hard to win at a high level with a frontcourt made up of freshmen, but I love what Williams did going to a smaller lineup in February. That change produced a spark. All in all it was great season, one in which UNC won 25 games.