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Mass exodus? Several players might leave champion Tar Heels

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5:36 p.m. ET April 5, 2017

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina coach Roy Williams didn’t have to struggle for words this time, not after the Tar Heels made good on their season-long drive to win the national championship that slipped away last year.

“The most fun as a coach is seeing the looks on your guys’ faces when they accomplish something very difficult,” Williams told thousands of fans who greeted the Tar Heels when they returned to campus Tuesday with the program’s sixth NCAA championship.

And the Tar Heels could face another tough task by the fall, too. They could return valuable experience for another good run, but there’s the potential to lose their top five scorers between graduation and draft declarations — and would create a very different roster.

Big men Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks, and guard Nate Britt are departing seniors. Associated Press All-American Justin Jackson (18.3 points) took advantage of rules last year allowing players to declare for the NBA draft multiple times and work out for teams while maintaining college eligibility provided they don’t hire and agent, and appears likely to do so again. It’s unclear if point guard Joel Berry II (14.7 points) will go the same route.

Freshman big man Tony Bradley (7.1 points, 5.1 rebounds) told the AP after the title game that he will declare for the draft to get NBA feedback…

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