•He will pay the price to improve. There were little holes in Stackhouse's game last season. His outside shooting was not dependable, and his ball handling was sloppy. So he stayed around Chapel Hill and worked all summer with Rick Fox and Hubert Davis, former Tar Heels now playing in the NBA. "I know Carolina isn't the place to be if you want to be the Man," he says. "I knew it coming out of high school. Everybody told me that my game wasn't tailored to Coach Smith's system. But what I knew then and what I know now is that I will be a better and more complete player when I get out of here, no matter what my stats are."
And when will he "get out of here"? Though he has waffled on the subject of leaving early for the NBA, Stackhouse sounded firm in his decision last week. "I'll be here," he says, looking ahead to his junior year. "There are lots of things I want to accomplish as a college player that I probably won't get to do this season. Being consensus player of the year might be one of them."
Well, he's right. It won't happen this season. But he has this vote. Our House is a very, very, very fine House indeed, and he's only going to get better.