Roy Williams provided some optimism that James Michael McAdoo, Reggie Bullock and P.J. Hairston might return to North Carolina.
“We're much much closer to having all of them back than we were last year,” Williams said.
Williams was referring to the departures of underclassmen Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Kendall Marshall -- all three of whom declared for the NBA draft at the end of the 2011-12 season.
Only McAdoo has been projected as a first-round pick in the forthcoming draft.
“They are all enjoying school, they are all still hungry to do more and there is nobody that is a guaranteed top-10 pick,” Williams said. “We still have to continue going through the process, allowing those guys to make decisions, and in my mind some of them have already been made just about, but we're going to wait until all three are done so we can just have one announcement.”