Heel Tough Blog: Heels Lose Legacy Player to Transfer Portal


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Less than a week after securing the return of four starters from a team that made the national championship game, and the commitment of a 5-star prospect in the 2023 class, UNC was informed of more roster news today. Reserve forward, Ryan McAdoo informed Hubert Davis of his plans to transfer out of the program, McAdoo is a UNC legacy, as he is the son of former Tar Heel, and NBA Hall of Famer, Bob McAdoo, but he will spend his final season of college somewhere other than Chapel Hill. McAdoo, transferred in from Florida Gulf Coast, but during his three seasons with Carolina, appeared in just 26 games. Carolina did honor McAdoo during their Senior Dav festivities against Syracuse, so this decision ultimately isn’t a surprising one. He follows guys like Walker Miller, and Brandon Huffman as seldom used reserves, who will seek larger roles, at a mid-major program.


More importantly, McAdoo’s decision to transfer doesn’t affect Carolina’s scholarship total, as he was a walk-on. That means that UNC is still at its limit, and therefore can’t dip into the transfer portal, to add more talent and depth to the roster. Spots may come available if Kerwin Walton decides to go pro, or enters the portal as well. Walton has until tomorrow to officially enter the transfer portal if that’s what he decides to do. The other way a scholarship can come available is if the NCAA decides to not count players using their extra year of eligibility due to the pandemic, as a non-scholarship player. That would mean that Leaky Black, would not count against the scholarship limit, and UNC could dip into the transfer portal to find a more suitable replacement for Brady Manek.


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