UNC guard Caleb Love is 6th UNC player to enter transfer portal

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Monday, March 27, 2023
Four UNC players now in the transfer portal
North Carolina's Armando Bacot will return for a fifth season with the Tar Heels while Puff Johnson announces his departure from the program.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WTVD) -- North Carolina guard Caleb Love announced Monday that he is entering the transfer portal. He's the sixth Tar Heel men's basketball player to say he'll be changing schools.

In making the announcement, Love said "my time at UNC has been rewarding and has inspired me to grow on and off the court."

He thanked coach Hubert Davis and former coach Roy Williams for giving him the opportunity.

Love said he spent some time with family to evaluate his next move and said "I've decided to enter the transfer portal to continue my journey."

Love, a 6-foot-4 guard from St. Louis, is one of the biggest names in the transfer portal to date. He averaged a career-high 16.7 points this season, shooting 37.8% from the field, while also contributing 3.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists.

Love boosted his stock during North Carolina's run to the national championship game last season, averaging 18.8 points in six NCAA tournament games. He scored 30 points and made six 3-pointers against UCLA in the Sweet 16, then went for 28 points against Duke in the Final Four.

After his breakout tournament run, Love opted to return to Chapel Hill for another season instead of entering the NBA draft. Despite bringing back Love and three other starters, the Tar Heels missed the NCAA tournament this year after opening the season ranked No. 1.

Love was also recruited by Missouri, Louisville, Kansas, Indiana and Arizona out of high school. Four of those schools have different coaches now.

He will have two seasons of eligibility at his new school.

Five other Tar Heels, Will Shaver, Dontrez Styles, Tyler Nickel, Justin McCoy, and Puff Johnson, previously announced plans to leave and play elsewhere.

Three players have already announced their intentions to return: Armando Bacot, RJ Davis, and Jalen Washington.

UNC got some good news Monday as Brown University guard Paxson Wojcik revealed he is joining the Tar Heels for next season.

The 6-5 Wojcik is a senior from Charleston, South Carolina. He averaged 14.9 points per game for the Bears while grabbing 7.2 rebounds per game. He played four years at Brown and shot 38% from 3-point range this season.

NOTE: Video is from a previous report.

ESPN contributed.