“Facing adversity and not running from the struggle” is a phrase often used by athletes who find themselves searching for an identity. Rumblings of sophomore Dontrez Styles potentially transferring and leaving a program that made a national championship appearance in the first year head coach Hubert Davis’ tenure were indeed that – just rumors
Styles, who showed flashes of what is to come, including athletic ability on both ends and the ability to guard one through three, should certainly see increased minutes. Consistent shooting on the perimeter will give him the edge over star freshman Seth Trimble, at least 15-20 minutes of game action this season.
Hardwork & Dedication
“I fought through the year. Things didn’t go my way personally, but I felt I kept fighting and kept coming here every day and working. That tells you a lot about a person. Right now my confidence is at an all time high. My swagger is different.”
Styles spoke on the Baylor game from last years tournament where he admitted to not being comfortable in the moment. Dontrez alluded to a big three-point shot towards the end of the game that helped his confidence and UNC’s momentum into the Final Four.
UNC being ahead of schedule
“I feel like we are way more ahead. More focused. The intensity level everyday is high. I just can’t for the year to get started. This year is going to be special. Our freshman are always in the gym. We have so many veterans. Everyone is just motivated to get it going.”
UNC will be heavily favored to bring home a National title this season – returning their nucleus, including player of the year favorite Armando Bacot. During UNC’s summer media session, starting point guard Caleb Love pointed out that there is a blank spot in the rafter for a banner to be hung this season.
Combo guard R.J. Davis spoke on implementing the freshman into the system and building the chemistry. Davis said he’s worked on being a leader on the court stating, “We have a chip on our shoulders – not being too complacent with the main goal of getting back to where we were last year.”