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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

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. 


Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2012 7:22 pm

North Carolina's new backup point: Stilman White

It IS a big loss.  Strickland wasn't a great PG, but he was experienced enough to keep the Heels from losing ground for six minutes a game when Marshall rested.  Stillman White may step up to the plate, but if he doesn't do the job other teams are going to notice and go after him.  Those six minutes Marshall sits on the bench could kill a few games here and there.

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2012 4:04 pm

North Carolina's new backup point: Stilman White

I think the Heels will be fine. Adding Bullock to the starting line-up will improve our offense and give Bullock a chance to shine. Also, look for Barnes to step it up.

Since: Jan 22, 2009
Posted on: January 23, 2012 3:32 pm

North Carolina's new backup point: Stilman White

Oh you mean the team shooting 35% compared to UK's 36% from 3's? Wow what horrible outside shooting. Or that same team who is rated #9 in adjusted defense according to KenPom's often used bball analysis? Just curious.

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 2:16 pm

North Carolina's new backup point: Stilman White

Are you done patting yourself on the back for picking Thomas Robinson over Terrence Jones? Good, because your preseason # 1 team is borderline Top 10 due to their horrific defense and terrible outside shooting. The obvious # 1 choice this preseason is sitting right where they belonged the entire # 1.

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