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Biggest offseason questions for Way-Too-Early Top 25 college basketball teams

8. North Carolina: Is Roy Williams going to play more small ball? UNC usually dominates the glass with a bulky lineup. Yet Luke Maye, Cameron Johnson and freshman Nassir Little, three players who can stretch the floor, could anchor a Tar Heels team that plays small ball the entire season. It would be atypical, but Williams has the personnel to succeed with the scheme. (ESPN.com)

2018-19 college basketball top 25

7. North Carolina - The losses of Theo Pinson and Joel Berry, two tenured vets who played prominent roles in Carolina going to back-to-back title games, will be a blow, but there’s cause to believe Roy Williams’ team might be even better next season. For starters, Third Team All-American Luke Maye and his 16.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game are back. (SB Nation)

Luke Maye has split allegiance at College World Series

Luke Maye will be pulling for the Tar Heels’ baseball team once it begins play at the College World Series in Omaha on Saturday. But that won’t be his only rooting interest. Because Maye’s younger brother Cole is a pitcher for defending national champion Florida, the star basketball player will also have a vested interest in the fortunes of the Gators. (North State Journal)

Back to school for Luke Maye

Testing the NBA Draft process and participating in team workouts became an educational endeavor for Luke Maye, more so than a mission to improve his professional stock. The North Carolina forward is back with the Tar Heels, preparing for his senior season after having gained experience and feedback that he intends to use toward further growth as a player. (Burlington Times-News)

Lucas: Individual Time

Luke Maye uttered the following phrase Tuesday at the Smith Center: "It's not about me. It's about the team." This is vintage Maye, the quintessential teammate. But it's worth remembering that no less an authority than Dean Smith used to say that he emphasized doing what's best for the team during the season, and what's best for the individual during the offseason. (GoHeels.com)

Luke Maye eager for senior leader role at UNC

Luke Maye is amped to return for his senior season. The 6-foot-8 rising senior worked out with the Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets and Oklahoma City Thunder before deciding to withdraw from the NBA Draft process. Now it's back to work and, with Joel Berry and Theo Pinson out of the mix, Maye is poised to be one of the Tar Heel leaders this season. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Luke Maye Entering Senior Season With Clear Goals

"Watching two weekends (of the NCAA Tournament) is something I am not going to go out with this year," Luke Maye said Tuesday at the Smith Center. This year even more will be expected of Maye. Maye finished last season averaging 16.9 points and 10.1 rebounds while earning First-Team All-ACC honors and being named a Third-Team All-American. (Inside Carolina)

Luke Maye poised to lead UNC basketball next season after withdrawing from NBA Draft

Luke Maye decided to remain in school for his senior season to develop his game further with his future NBA goal in mind — a move that will be positive for his future draft stock and for UNC’s season. “I want to play in the NBA,” Maye said. “That’s my dream.” For now, though, he’ll bolster a Tar Heel roster that needs new leaders now that Joel Berry and Theo Pinson are gone. (Daily Tar Heel)

Video: Luke Maye Summer Press Conference

North Carolina rising senior forward Luke Maye speaks with the media on Tuesday during the Tar Heels' summer basketball press conference in Chapel Hill. Read More...

Sports Illustrated Post-NBA Draft Decisions Preseason Rankings

5. North Carolina: Getting Luke Maye back was huge for the Tar Heels. He makes for three returning starters, while No. 3 recruit Nassir Little should slide into Theo Pinson’s departing wing spot. The biggest question here is at point guard, where Joel Berry must be replaced, but with Garrison Brooks and Sterling Manley down low, Roy Williams will have a stacked frontcourt. (Sports Illustrated)

North Carolina basketball 2018-19: Roster analysis

With the deadline for decisions on the NBA Draft set, rosters for ACC basketball teams are set for next season, pending any surprises. Here's a look at UNC's roster and how it might fit into coach Roy Williams' vision for the Tar Heels. Luke Maye will pick back up where he left off but should make strides in the post after getting feedback from NBA scouts this spring. (Greensboro News & Record)

Post NBA Decisions — ACC Basketball Rankings, Part 2: A Cut Above

No. 1 North Carolina: This looks like a classic Roy Williams team: Loaded with a mix of veteran stars and gifted incoming rookies. Expectations are high in Chapel Hill — as they should be; this is a title-contending team. With Luke Maye, Cameron Johnson and Kenny Williams back — plus Sterling Manley and Garrison Brooks — UNC has an embarrassment of riches. (ACC Sports Journal)

UNC’s Luke Maye named a Way-Too-Early All-American

College basketball season might have just reached the offseason, but it isn’t too early for UNC junior forward Luke Maye to start racking up preseason nominations. 247Sports named Maye to its Way-Too-Early college basketball All-American team, with the junior earning first team honors. With Joel Berry and Theo Pinson moving on, Maye will be a focal point. (Chapelboro.com)

College basketball's winners and losers after players' final NBA Draft decisions

6. North Carolina - This was the expected endgame for this offseason, but UNC deserves a mention. Cam Johnson and Luke Maye could combine to average more than 35 points if all clicks. Kenny Williams is back, too. UNC is shaping up as a top-10 team. Can't ding the Heels for losing Theo Pinson and Joel Berry. They were seniors, so their exits were accounted for. (CBS Sports)

2018-19 college basketball rankings: Changes in Top 25 (and 1) after NCAA draft withdrawal deadline

8. North Carolina - With the NCAA cloud no longer hovering, UNC is back to recruiting like UNC — evidence being that the Tar Heels secured commitments from five-star recruits Nassir Little and Coby White. Those two will pair with veterans like Luke Maye, Cameron Johnson and Kenny Williams to put Roy Williams in a position to perhaps win a fourth national title. (CBS Sports)

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