However, after receiving an award for leading the team in assists, point guard Ty Lawson let his intentions be known:
"I've definitely decided that I will be back [for] my junior year. Personally, I'm not ready for the next step of the NBA.
"Playing [another] year with coach [Roy] Williams will help me improve my game individually. There's also some team things that I want to accomplish. College is a great experience for me, and I'd like to be here another year."
I'm hoping Wright follows suit before the April 29 deadline for early-entries into the NBA Draft. He could definitely use some work - and some muscle - before taking his game to the next level. But Carolina does have the depth to handle his loss if necessary - with rising sophomores Deon Thompson and Alex Stepheson.
"After thinking about things, talking to my parents, I think it would be best if I took my skills to the NBA. I'm sorry," Lawson said.
"I'm just playing -- I'll be back next year," Lawson quipped, drawing cheers from the crowd of about 1,000.