North Carolina has become the clear-cut favorite to win the national title.
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The Tar Heels trio of Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington and Danny Green are all headed back to Chapel Hill, UNC coach Roy Williams announced Monday.
None of them were 100 percent sure they would be taken in the first round,” said one source close to the situation.
Now the Tar Heels will return virtually everyone of note, since National Player of the Year Tyler Hansbrough didn’t even bother to test the NBA draft waters.
Lawson, Ellington and Green each participated in the Orlando Pre-Draft Camp and also went through numerous workouts for NBA teams.
Green, who was injured in Orlando, told FOXSports.com previously that he would likely withdraw, while Lawson and Ellington appeared to have tougher decisions to make.
Lawson was arrested last week for underage alcohol consumption, but it’s unclear whether the incident played a part in his decision to return to school for his junior season.
“The process of ‘testing the waters'(What kind of waters, “Rocky Mountain spring waters”?) has given me valuable information about my draft(Draft or Bottled Beer) status, and I have decided it would be better to return to school,” Lawson said in a UNC press release. “I love school, my teammates and coaching staff. I look forward to playing next season and trying to win a national championship.”
The Tar Heels went 36-3 last season, winning the ACC regular season and tournament titles and reaching their 17th Final Four.
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