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Heel Tough Blog: Heels Prioritizing Tennessee Transfer Target

Tennessee Athletics

It was made known last week that Hubert Davis was motivated to add a legitimate big man to his roster after Armando Bacot’s legendary career was finally coming to a close. Even with the possible returns of Jalen Washington and Zayden High, along with the arrival of James Brown, Davis wasn’t comfortable with that being his starting frontcourt, to compete for ACC titles and national championships. With that, Carolina started getting active in the transfer portal, contacting Kentucky transfer Aaron Bradshaw, Arizona transfer Oumar Ballo, and Rutgers transfer, Clifford Omoruyi. When Jonas Aidoo entered the transfer portal out of Tennessee, it was only a matter of time before Carolina got involved with him, especially considering his ties back to the state of North Carolina, and it appears that the time has come for Carolina to aggressively pursue the big man. 

The news to officially get involved with Aidoo comes after Aaron Bradshaw announced his commitment to Ohio State, but make no mistake about it, UNC was always going to check in on the Second Team All-SEC member, along with being named to the SEC All-Defense Team. Aidoo averaged over 11 points per game in 2023-24, and led the Vols in rebounding, as they would win the SEC regular season, on their way to just their second appearance in the Elite Eight. Aidoo is ranked as the No. 10 overall transfer this cycle and is being listed as the No. 1 power forward. His ties back to North Carolina are from his high school days, as he’s a native of Durham, NC, and played prep basketball at Liberty Heights. He initially committed to play at Marquette, before they fired then head coach Steve Wojciechowski. 

Per Inside Carolina, the contact between Aidoo and the UNC staff took place over the weekend, including being contacted by Hubert Davis. While Carolina awaits for Oumar Ballo to take his visit to Chapel Hill, and the next development in the transfer recruitment of Clifford Omoruyi, expect Aidoo to become the focus of the staff in the coming days, as they look to solidify their frontcourt for the 2024-25 season. 

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