Big and quick don't have to be mutually exclusive, but they have been in Chapel Hill since 1982. Three Tar Heel freshmen—guard Jeff Lebo and forwards Steve Bucknall and Kevin Madden—should help alleviate that. Lebo, on everybody's list of top recruits last year, is 6'2" and 180 pounds of court presence. He'll play third guard behind Hale and Kenny Smith. Bucknall is a native of London who came to the States to matriculate at a Massachusetts prep school after being touted as an up-and-comer to former Celtic Dave Cowens. Both Bucknall and Madden are 6'5", 215 and promising, but with junior Curtis Hunter ahead of them as the bench spark, they'll be worked in slowly.
The biggest, slowest newcomer isn't 6'10", 211-pound center Marty Hensley (who may be redshirted). That distinction belongs to the 150', megaton Student Activities Center, the new 21,400-seat arena that is to replace Carmichael Auditorium. With much fanfare, tradition-laden UCLA was signed to inaugurate the arena on national TV on Nov. 24. But now the SAC probably won't open until Duke comes to town Jan. 18. Thus, Carmichael will get one last hurrah. Come Dallas, maybe the seniors will have one, too.