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Heel Tough Blog: Former McDonalds All-American Enters Transfer Portal

San Francisco Chronicle

The news around the Carolina Basketball program has quieted down the last week or so, as the Final Four took place, bringing the majority of the college basketball world to a halt. Carolina is still in the process of rebuilding their roster, as they’ve lost numerous players to the transfer portal, after a 20-13 concluded with being left out of the NCAA Tournament field. After seeing multiple wing players exit the program that became the pressing need for Hubert Davis and his staff, and his first addition came in the form of Paxson Wojcik, a guard from Brown. The Tar Heels have also hosted Towson transfer, Nick Timberlake, and have expressed interest in Northern Colorado transfer, Dalton Knecht. While both would be welcomed additions to the roster for next season, Hubert Davis knows he needs to add players that have played in a major conference, if they truly want to compete next season.

For all the faults of Jerod Haase’s teams at Stanford on the court, the one area he hasn’t lacked has been getting talent to Palo Alto, as he recently recruited five-star prospect, Zaire Williams. He also brought in Harrison Ingram, who is a former McDonald’s All-American, having played two seasons with the Stanford program. Ingram stands at 6-8, weighs almost 230 pounds, and has played adequately on a team that has struggled while he’s been on campus. During his freshman season, where he earned Pac-12 Rookie of the Year, and Pac-12 All-Freshman honors, Ingram averaged 10.5 points, on 39% shooting, while also grabbing nearly seven rebounds per game. This season, he once again averaged 10.5 points, on 41% shooting, with just over five rebounds per contest. He’s a career 31% three-point shooter, but only shot just over 3 per game. Factor him averaging over 3 assists for his career, and Ingram will be highly sought after this off-season.

As Armando Bacot has done his entire time at UNC, Bacot was very active on Twitter after Ingram announced his decision to transfer, tweeting directly at him, saying that UNC needs him. While that might come across as desperate, he’s also not wrong, as Carolina is in need of a difference-maker at the wing position. Even though Carolina was close to winning the national championship back in 2021-22, the Tar Heels haven’t had a big-time wing since Cam Johnson was on campus. Ingram would join a team in need of his services, and while his perimeter shooting does leave a lot to be desired, Carolina is seeking those types of players out in the portal, as they would welcome his ability to impact the game in a multitude of different ways.

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