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North Carolina basketball recruiting: Transfer portal news, 2024 roster, recruits, targets from ACC experts

With six national titles, 21 Final Four appearances, and 42 regular season ACC championships, the North Carolina Tar Heels are without a doubt one of the premier college basketball programs in the country. The Heels are coming off yet another strong season in which they won the ACC regular season championship, earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and made a trip to the Sweet 16. Head coach Hubert Davis will return the bulk of last year’s North Carolina basketball roster, and the Tar Heels look primed to enter the 2024-25 college basketball season as one of the top contenders to de-throne the UConn Huskies.

Davis’ most pressing need this offseason is to find a way to replace the production of Armando Bacot. The two-time All-American was one of the most productive players in college basketball history and was a physically imposing presence in the paint. Will Davis look to the high school ranks or college basketball transfer portal to replace Bacot? If you love the Tar Heels, or just want the latest roster updates and college basketball transfer portal news, be sure to see what the proven team of insiders are saying at Inside Carolina, the 247Sports affiliate that covers the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Inside Carolina is universally viewed as the authority on Tar Heel sports and recruiting. With relentless, unparalleled year-round coverage, and the largest online community of always-engaged UNC fans, the slogan is true: “There is no offseason at Inside Carolina.”

Inside Carolina has been “The Independent Voice of UNC Sports” since 1994, and is a network partner with 247Sports and CBS Sports. The Inside Carolina staff is composed of experienced, professional reporters and analysts whose job is to provide readers with objective coverage. The publication is independently owned and operated, and is not affiliated with the University. It is fully credentialed by UNC, the ACC and the NCAA. 

The team at Inside Carolina has full coverage of who is coming and who is going on the North Carolina basketball roster. Head to Inside Carolina now to see all the insider info.

North Carolina basketball roster departures 

While North Carolina will return R.J. Davis and the bulk of its 2023-24 roster, the Heels will still have to find a way to replace power forward/center Armando Bacot. The two-time All-American big man leaves Chapel Hill as the program’s all-time leader in rebounds, games played, and double-doubles. Bacot’s NBA Draft prospects remain unclear, but replacing his production in the front court will be a hefty task for Davis and his staff.

Another key departure for the Heels is Harrison Ingram. The 6-foot-7 forwards transferred to UNC prior to last season after spending the first two years of his career at Stanford. Ingram averaged 12.2 points and 8.8 rebounds per game for the Tar Heels in 2023-24. Ingram may still opt to return to North Carolina, but the projected second round pick has yet to make a firm announcement. Join Inside Carolina to see the latest on all of North Carolina’s roster changes

North Carolina basketball news, roster

With North Carolina returning the bulk of its roster from last year, Davis and his staff only had a handful of available scholarships to work with. That didn’t stop the Heels’ staff from signing the ninth-ranked recruiting class in the country, according to 247Sports. Thus far, UNC has added three players from the high school ranks and one player from the Transfer Portal.

The incoming talent is headlined by a pair of five-star high school signees in shooting guard Ian Jackson and small forward Drake Powell. Jackson, ranked as the No. 9 overall prospect in the country, is an explosive 6-foot-5 guard, who has the ability to be an instant impact player on the defensive end of the court. Powell, the No. 10 overall prospect in the country, is also athletic and capable of making an impact on both ends of the court from Day One in Chapel Hill. Join Inside Carolina to get the latest on all of North Carolina’s roster additions

How to get insider North Carolina basketball roster updates

Davis has been in contact with multiple transfers from power-conference teams, so be sure to join Inside Carolina to see who they are and get the rest of the insider roster news

Who are the top names North Carolina basketball is pursuing this offseason in the transfer portal, and which power-conference transfers could land in Chapel Hill? Go to Inside Carolina to see their insider information, all from a team of reporters with years of experience covering the Tar Heels, and find out. And reminder, Inside Carolina is offering 30% off the first year of an annual VIP membership*, so subscribe now before it’s too late.

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