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UNC basketball players reveal which teammate they would want with them in a fight


Which North Carolina basketball player would you want on your side in a fight? That was a question posed to the actual team in an entertaining video posted to UNC Basketball’s Instagram account. Their answers might surprise you.

After “needing time to think”, senior Armand Bacot said: ‘I want [Dontrez Styles], it wild and out of control. I need “Trez”.

Tyler Nickel was chosen by his three freshman classmates, including the first registrant Go Shave.

Jalen Washington: “T. Nick. T. Nick is crazy.”

Seth Trimble: “I’m going T. Nick. I’m going T. Nick all the way.”

Watch the Tar Heels’ full responses below:


Apart from Nickel, fifth-year senior leaky black was the most popular answer.

RD Davis: “Leak. Leak, yeah.”

Nickel: “Leaky, sure. When Leaky watches this, ‘We can do it. We can do it with anybody. We can do it.'”

The UNC ballhandlers also got some love. Junior Chosen Styles Caleb Love while Johnson Puff nodded to his roommate, RJ Davis.

“I walked into the locker room and RJ Davis asked me if I answered the question. I said no,” Johnson said. He told me to come out and answer the question. [my answer] is my roommate RJ’ Robert Ward’ Davis Jr.”

After reaching the national championship game last season, the Tar Heels fired four of their five starters and replaced their fifth, Brady Manekwith transfer Pete Nancewho averaged 14.6 points and 6.5 rebounds with Northwestern last season.

The Tar Heels also added a talented recruiting class that ranked No. 14 in the nation and included four stars at Trimble, Washington and Nickel.

Due to the return of Love and Bacot, in particular, the Tar Heels were named by several analysts, including Dick Vitale and Jon Rothstein, as the No. 1 preseason team in the nation.

As a sophomore, Love was second on the team in points (15.9) and tied for first in assists (3.6) per game. His clip of 38% from three-point range ranked third on the team (min. 20 attempts) and was a big improvement from his freshman average of 26.6%. His shooting ability has been under heavy strain during late game moments throughout the year.

Bacot is expected to be a contender for National Player of the Year after leading the nation with an NCAA record tying 31 double-doubles, leading the ACC in rebounds (13.1 per game) and offensive rebounds (4.2 per game), and led the Tar Heels in scoring (16.3 ppg), rebounds, offensive rebounds, field goal percentage (.569) and blocks (65).

We will continue to rely on Black for his defensive abilities and his leadership. The fifth-year senior is by far the most experienced player on the team and has just 31 games left to break Deon Thompson’s record for most games played by a Tar Heel (152).

UNC also expects increased production from Johnson, Styles and fellow sophomore D’Marco Dunn. Two of Johnson’s three career double-digit games have come in the Tar Heel championship run, including an 11-point, 6-rebound effort in the title game against Kansas.

Styles showed his athleticism throughout the year but never managed to see the field consistently. However, his momentum-changing three-point shot early in extra time against No.1 seed Baylor in the round of 16 proved he was capable of shining when it mattered most.