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Teams taking fresh approach to winning

Whether rebuilding or contending for a national title, freshmen will asked to play bigger roles than ever before in 2002-03.

Updated: October 15, 2008, 10:37 AM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Damion Grant was getting punished in the post. He took an elbow to the face, wasn't converting baskets and took some constructive criticism from North Carolina coach Matt Doherty a little too personal.

But, for better or worse, Grant will have to play this season for the Tar Heels. The freshman center is big -- 6-foot-11, 262-pounds big. And, while he hasn't played basketball for more than two years since coming to the U.S. from his native Jamaica, Grant will have to ...

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