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Heel Tough Blog: Tar Heels Lose Player to the Portal for Second Straight Day

Updated: May 2, 2022

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Sunday is the final day that players can enter the transfer portal and still be eligible to play their respective sport for the upcoming 2022-23 season and for the second straight day, the Tar Heels are losing someone from their 2021-22 national runner up team.

Earlier this morning, news became official that sophomore guard Kerwin Walton has officially entered the transfer portal just four days after the news that he had entered his name into the NBA Draft process. As of right now, it appears that he will continue through that process, but this move will afford him the luxury of being able to look elsewhere if he was to remove himself from the process before the June 1st deadline.

Walton averaged 3.4 points per game last season while shooting 35% from behind the three-point line. That was a significant drop-off from his freshman season, where he was Carolina’s best perimeter threat and was a big reason for the turnaround in the second half of the 2020-21 campaign. Walton finishes his Tar Heel career averaging 5.7 points per game, 41.8% from the field and 39.9% from beyond the arc.


With Walton’s departure, the Tar Heels now have a scholarship open for the 2022-23 roster, giving them the option to pursue a transfer, primarily at the stretch four spot that is left vacant by the graduation of last year’s transfer acquisition, Brady Manek. The Tar Heels were closely tied with Terrence Shannon Jr., a transfer forward from Texas Tech who committed to Illinois on Friday, back in early April and the team has also been tied to South Dakota State transfer and 2021-22 Summit League Player of the Year, Baylor Schiereman.

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