Instead of starting off the Tar Heel section with a player that has already broken out, let's begin with a player who is certainly flying under the radar at the moment. Reyshawn Terry
was nothing more than a cheerleader on last year's national championship squad, but has really come into his own over the second half of the 2006 season. Despite playing just 24 minutes per game, Terry is averaging nearly 15 points and 6 rebounds on the season.
Terry has prototypical small forward size, coming in at a chiseled 6'8. His athleticism is definitely NBA caliber, and while he still needs to work on polishing off his perimeter skill-set a bit more, his shooting percentages (50% FG's, 79% FT's, 40% 3-pt) are superb. He knows how to slash to the basket, has the potential to be an excellent defender, and really only needs major work as a ball-handler. On the whole, we have a player that is on the verge of emerging as a Caron Butler
-style power wing.
We all know that Tyler Hansbrough
is the top dog on this North Carolina squad, but don't be surprised to see Reyshawn Terry
make a few waves of his own in this tournament. With another year of development, particularly to help reduce the metal lapses he suffers from at times, Terry could end up being a first round caliber prospect.