Scouting the Tar Heels

North Carolina’s most recent recruiting class may just have three future first rounders. Tywon Lawson, Wayne Ellington, and Brandon Wright make a formidable freshman trio. Those three players compare well to the prior championship UNC players of Raymond Felton, Rashad McCants, and Sean May. Felton, McCants, and May are all doing very well in the NBA, getting very good playing time, and being highly productive.

Tywon Lawson is a high tempo point guard. What’s surprising to see is just how built he is. At nearly 200lbs. with his 5’11” height, he can absorb some contact and finish. His best talent is his ability to change directions at a high speed, leaving defenders on their heels before making a play. Like Felton before him, as a freshman, he’s struggles to run a half-court set efficiently, more comfortable breaking down a defense with dribble penetration instead of player movement and ball movement. There are also concerns about his 3pt. range and decision-making, but it’s just a matter of time before he’s able to blend his talents to a premiere collegiate system and later to the NBA game.

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