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North Carolina's new backup point: Stilman White

Posted on: January 23, 2012 12:39 pm
Edited on: January 23, 2012 12:57 pm
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By Jeff Goodman

Stilman White. 

Yes, Stilman White. That's who Roy Williams will give first crack at getting Dexter Strickland's minutes as Kendall Marshall's backup point guard. 

Strickland tore his ACL last week and is done for the season -- which essentially means that the Tar Heels don't have a backup point guard. This could be critical at some point in the NCAA tournament if the Tar Heels -- the preseason favorites -- are to cut down the nets in New Orleans. 

"We're going to try and give Stilman time there," Williams said on Monday. "We'll see how that works out." 

White is a mid-major recruit from Wilmington, N.C., that has logged a grand total of 65 minutes thus far in his UNC career. 

Losing Strickand is costly in two primary areas: He's the team's top perimeter defender and also only legit backup floor leader. Williams said he'll move Reggie Bullock into the starting lineup in place of Strickland, which should help offensively -- especially in terms of spacing. 

"Reggie deserves it," Williams said.

However, while Bullock has improved significantly on the defensive end, he's still no Strickland. Williams said that Strickland averaged about three minutes per half in spelling Marshall at the point.  

The alternative isn't pretty: It's Harrison Barnes, Bullock or P.J. Hairston. 

"It's a big-time loss," Williams said of losing Strickland. 

One that isn't getting nearly enough attention. 

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Comments

Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 8:50 pm
 

North Carolina's new backup point: Stilman White

You are one ignorant state fan.  STFU and take that loss tomorrow night like you ALWAYS do chump!  Nobody even knows who is on your sorry ass team.  LOL.



Since: Jan 22, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 10:25 am
 

North Carolina's new backup point: Stilman White

I'd say UNC's front court is the best in the nation as a group. Only Barnes is the potential very best at his position but you'll be hard pressed to find a group of 2 or 3 guys who average 46ppg and 23rpg while shooting over 50% from the field. Those guys only play about 27 minutes a game too, if they all played 30+ like a lot of other stars those numbers would be more like 53 and 27. Zeller is also only starting to come into his prime again this year.  He's averaging 15 and 11 over his last 6 games.



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:36 am
 

North Carolina's new backup point: Stilman White

plywood sales, who has a better frontcourt in college basketball? They do have the best frontcourt in the country and one of the best players in harrison barnes. Henson is the best or equal to the best defender in the country(anthony davis) and kendall marshall is one of the best points in america. say what you will about roy not being an x and o's guy but he has 2 rings to say other wise and you never, never here him crying about calls or refs.... (coach K). We have now lost 2 guards for the season and both hurt. we still are still a one or two seed entering march and we will still beat Dook not once but twice. go heels!



Since: May 28, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 9:15 pm
 

North Carolina's new backup point: Stilman White

Henson could average 18 and 11 in any system if he wasn't so soft.  No argument here he is a good player - just that he doesnt know how to use his skill set in the Tarheel system and that is not only his fault but Roy's as well. This thread isnt a State/UNC thing, its about UNC.  UNC does not have the best Frontcourt in college basketball - they have potentially the best player in the country in Barnes but not the best front court.  Strickland's loss will hurt UNC defensively but they have athletes who can make it up.  Carolina has much bigger problems than the loss of Dexter Strickland.  I just think this will be the straw that breaks the camels back - in other words UNC will start to slide quickly if they lose to State at home because fingers will start to point.  THey don't have a floor leader (and there is NO ARGUEMENT for Marshall as that floor leader) and fingers will start to point and they will not come back from it.  Carolina hasn't put two halves of good basketball together all year since they played their first game against Michigan State.  They do enough in one half to beat weaker teams and they don't have a great win against anyone all year since Michigan State on opening night.



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:28 pm
 

North Carolina's new backup point: Stilman White

 roy really had a good team going. i am surprised that they have slipped a bit. it sounds like a team that needs to be careful or they could make an early exit in the big dance. 



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:34 pm
 

North Carolina's new backup point: Stilman White

Why is a State fan posting on a topic in which they have had no relevence since the early 80s? And to call John Henson a "role" player shows their ignorance.



Since: Jan 11, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:50 am
 

North Carolina's new backup point: Stilman White

Are you done patting yourself on the back for picking Thomas Robinson over Terrence Jones?
Are you on the wrong board? Other than you, who the hell mentioned Thomas Robinson?



Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:08 am
 

North Carolina's new backup point: Stilman White

I'm a little worried.  I think Dexter Strickland's defense was a little overrated but he was a veteran leader and our best fast break scorer.  Putting Bullock in Strickland's place might get us more steals but he's a gambler and that might end up putting more pressure on Zeller and Henson.

I'm not sure Stillman White is ready for game experience in conference but he'll get better. 



Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 11:42 pm
 

North Carolina's new backup point: Stilman White

It is funny that you call Henson a Role Player because if he was playing for State he would probably be averaging about 18 points and 11 boards and you would be making the case for him to be a first-team all-american. UNC still has the best frontcourt in college basketball and a PG who can get them the ball. While losing strickland's defense and ball-handling will hurt the flip side is that there will be more shooters on the floor.



Since: May 28, 2010
Posted on: January 23, 2012 9:32 pm
 

North Carolina's new backup point: Stilman White

Cutting down the nets in New Orleans??? Are you kidding me??? Carolina has more holes than swiss cheese all over the floor.  Henson and Zeller are way too soft, Harrison Barnes doesn't take nearly enough initiative on the offensive end, Williams has NO CLUE how to coach this bunch, and now they have no one to gaurd the point guard position (face it Marshall can't guard an athletic point guard).  I don't expect Chapel Hill to get past the Sweet 16 this year.  The only way UNC can turn it around and stand a chance at the Final Four is if Harrison Barnes becomes the leader of that team, Henson learns his role (ROLE PLAYER), and Zeller demands the ball and stops playing like a wimp.


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