I'm impressed by how many players on their roster are actually from North Carolina. I like that a lot.
I'm pretty sure that aside from Hairston and Meeks they're all walkons/scrubs.
I wouldn't expect all of them to be stars, especially at a blue blood program. I just like that such a high profile program has a healthy number of homegrown players; whether they're All-Americans or walk-ons doesn't matter a whole lot to me.
I guess I don't find it surprising/impressive that a big state school would fill out its scrubs with in state kids. The percentage of instate kids in the student body is really high, I'm sure.
I just like that, for state schools in particular, the top players in the state are interested in the flagship program, and vice versa. I like that a kid can know he can play at the hometown school if he's the best in the state. It's even more fun to cheer for your team when a bunch of the kids on the roster already came in with ties to the community. If I was a neutral fan in North Carolina (I know, fat chance), I'd probably enjoy following UNC a lot more than Duke.
Makes sense. I think it's natural to cheer for the actual state school, rather than the private school, if you don't have direct ties to either. When both teams are successful, at least.
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