“I do think everybody’s coming back, but I’ve been surprised before,” Williams said.
All ten Tar Heels that played in last Thursday’s Sweet 16 loss to No. 1 seed Wisconsin have eligibility remaining and no one on the roster is projected as a first-round pick in June’s NBA Draft.
The surprise that Williams referenced occurred last season when James Michael McAdoo decided to enter the draft after his junior year. He was not drafted last June, but is currently playing for the Golden State Warriors.
The deadline to declare for the NBA Draft is Apr. 26.
Junior point guard Marcus Paige, who led UNC in scoring with 14.1 points per game this season, downplayed the possibility of leaving following Thursday’s loss and instead focused on the final year of his college career in 2015-16.
DraftExpress.com projects junior forward Brice Johnson, who averaged 12.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, as a second-round pick.
Williams called a team meeting for 10pm on Monday to watch clips from the Wisconsin loss. His staff graded the entire film on Sunday.
“I’m going to try to use that as fuel to try to make them hungrier to work even harder this summer,” Williams said, “and to show them that one play here or a second play here and we could be going to Indianapolis or we could have at least beaten Wisconsin.”
UNC’s year-end individual meetings between Williams and his players begin on Wednesday.
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