With NBA defections, UNC ready to go guard-heavy

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina coach Roy Williams knows he'll have a guard-heavy rotation next season.

The Tar Heels lost senior 7-footer Tyler Zeller and a pair of early NBA draft entrees in Harrison Barnes and John Henson off their front line. That leaves sophomore forward James Michael McAdoo as the veteran up front for a team that returns four veteran guards.

Williams joked that he's excited to have the experienced players on the perimeter "if they make shots."

In addition, guard Leslie McDonald is fully recovered from a knee injury that sidelined him all last year. Williams hopes backcourt-mate Dexter Strickland will be fully cleared for workouts by August after suffering his own serious knee injury in January.

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