Incoming freshmen Harrison Barnes, Reggie Bullock and Kendall Marshall and their UNC teammates will get an early jump on the 2010-11 season with an August trip to the Bahamas for a preseason basketball tournament.
Tar Heels coach Roy Williams announced his team's travel plans this morning at his annual summer news conference. The trip is scheduled for the second week of August. According to NCAA rules, UNC's freshmen can play in the tournament so long as they have taken college courses this summer at UNC.
The summer tournament will give UNC's young team extra practice time to gel and incorporate the three freshmen into a lineup that can't afford a long learning curve. Williams said this morning that he has high expectations for Barnes, Bullock and Marshall, adding that they will need to step in and contribute right away.