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Heel Tough Blog: Heels Miss Out on Local Five-Star Prospect

On a day where Carolina lost Dontrez Styles to the transfer portal, the news didn’t get any better as they missed out on a top in-state prospect. Trentyn Flowers, who hails from Combine Academy, in Lincolnton, North Carolina, a prep school started by former Tar Heel Jeff McInnis, has announced he will play his college basketball in the ACC, but not at UNC. Instead, Flowers is taking his talents to Louisville, as Kenny Payne is trying to rebuild the once proud program. Flowers is a 6-8 small forward, and is ranked as the No. 21 overall player in the 2024 class. He’s also considered the No. 8 overall small forward in the class, and the No. 4 player from the state of North Carolina.

Carolina was never in the running for Flowers, as his recruitment leaned towards Louisville all along, but missing out on a local product always hurts. Factor in his desire to reclassify at a position that Carolina certainly needs help at, as they’ve lost three wings this week alone to the transfer portal, doesn’t help much either.

Missing out on Flowers isn’t an indictment on Hubert Davis, and his ability to recruit, as the 2024 class contains commits from three five star prospects in Elliot Cadea, Ian Jackson, Drake Powell, and four star prospect, James Brown. It’s unclear if any of the current 2024 commits will reclassify and join the team next season, meaning that Hubert Davis will likely have to rebuild his program through the transfer portal, as he currently has two commits in the 2023 class, in Ian Jackson, and Zayden High. Even after missing out on Flowers, Carolina is still active in the 2024 class, as they are heavily interested in five-star prospects Boogie Fland, Jarin Stevenson.

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