North Carolina basketball entered the 2018-19 season with a question mark on how the offense would run with Joel Berry II in the NBA. Freshman Coby White was a McDonald’s All-American and has been the team’s starting point guard in all three games this season. His play so far has been up and down to say the least as he is averaging 10.3 points per game on 35.7 percent shooting.
His poor shooting start is a bit of a concern, but the Tar Heels offense has been rolling as they are averaging 94.7 points per game on 50.2 percent shooting. Cameron Johnson has been the main reason for their early season success as he leads the team at 18.3 points per game on 64.5 percent shooting. He came to Chapel Hill with the reputation of being a shooter and has already made 10 three-pointers this season on only 14 attempts.
His efficient shooting from beyond the arc is unlikely to continue, but Johnson’s hot shooting start allows Luke Maye more room to operate in the post. Maye entered the 2018-19 season as a preseason 1st team All-American and has not disappointed so far this season with 16 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.
His three assists per game have been crucial for North Carolina this season as Maye’s passing ability has allowed for Garrison Brooks to have a breakout start to his sophomore campaign. He’s averaging 13 points per game so far this season, up from 4.5 a season ago. His work on the glass has been big for Roy Williams as he has grabbed 10 offensive rebounds already this season.
Brooks is not the only player that has had a big impact on the offensive glass this season as Johnson and freshman Nassir Little have each grabbed eight offensive rebounds so far this season. Little came to Chapel Hill with a ton of hype after his performances in the Jordan Brand Classic and the McDonald’s All-American game. He has not yet started a game for the Tar Heels this season, but his 12 points per game on 57.1 percent shooting has given the team the boost it needs from the bench.
Senior Kenny Williams is the only key player that has struggled so far this season as he has only made four of his 16 shots, including 2-11 from behind the arc. He went 4-6 from the floor in his last game against Stanford, so he could be starting to return to his old shooting habits.
North Carolina’s next game is tomorrow against a Tennessee Tech team that just gave up 97 points to Savannah State on Tuesday night,so expect the Tar Heels to maintain their 94.7 points per game average after Friday night.