The headlines were what caught everyone’s attention.
"North Carolina loses exhibition game in Bahamas"
"Tar Heels shocked"
Some of the stories from last August included a nominal one-line reference to the dominant performance by Providence Storm big man DeAndre Ayton. Other stories didn’t even mention it. In the long run, neither North Carolina’s loss in a 2014 exhibition game nor Ayton’s outing will mean much. But looking back, it might have been the signature moment for the nation’s top-ranked 2017 prospect.
And it almost didn’t happen.