UNC Basketball Roundtable: Who will be Tar Heels’ most surprising player?

The North Carolina Tar Heels will begin the 2023-24 season on Monday, hosting Radford in a non-conference battle in the Dean Dome.

UNC’s program is coming off a tough season last year, missing out on the NCAA Tournament after being the preseason No. 1. But this team will have a new look in Hubert Davis’ third season.

The Tar Heels were very active in the transfer portal, losing key members while also utilizing it to add to the roster. In all, the Tar Heels added three new starters as well as some key depth pieces. The hope is that they improved the roster despite losing players from last season and can make a run at the NCAA Tournament again.

As we get set for the new season, we decided to do a roundtable here at Tar Heels Wire, answering questions about UNC as well as the ACC. First up in the series is a look at who we think will be the most surprising player on the roster this season.

Zack Pearson: Seth Trimble

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The sophomore enters this season coming off the bench as the Tar Heels returned R.J. Davis and welcomed in freshman Elliot Cadeau as well as a few transfers. Not many are talking about Seth Trimble going into this season and I think he’s going to make the leap in his game to earn more minutes.

He may not stuff the stat sheet but Trimble will provide valuable minutes for Hubert Davis.

Richard Adkins: Zayden High

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(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

UNC’s most surprising player will be four-star power forward Zayden High. His versatility and ability to get a basket at his size is the ideal fit for the Tar Heels. He has had a great camp, and despite his freshman status, expect High to not only crack Hubert Davis’s tight rotation but to play significant minutes in big games.

Aidan Jensen: Seth Trimble

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(Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

I think that UNC’s most surprising player will be Seth Trimble. Last year, Trimble was known primarily as a ball-handler with good speed, who couldn’t shoot that well but was a great orchestrator. Barring an injury, Trimble won’t start much, but he’ll be a valuable bench player who averages at least 10 points per game.

Story originally appeared on Tarheels Wire