Consider the numbers: 51.9 points, 17.4 rebounds, 8.1 assists. And 36 victories.
That is a heavy burden to carry, and all this is weighing on the minds of North Carolina fans as Sunday's deadline approaches for college underclassmen to declare their entry to the 2008 NBA draft.
Tar Heels fans are watching the clock
The Sporting News
But as the No. 2 Tar Heels (36-7) prepare to play third-ranked Florida State (34-5) in a three game-series at Cary's USA National Baseball Training Center starting tonight, Bates is "throwing even better than before," said Tar Heels pitching coach Scott Forbes. Bates is a key reliever on a young pitching staff that ranks No. 1 in the country in ERA (2.07) and strikeouts (444).
No bones about Bates' success
Raleigh News & Observer
With the season winding down, the members of the North Carolina baseball team are facing the same question they thought they answered the past two years: Are they good enough?
Boys of summer set Omaha in crosshairs
Daily Tar Heel