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Heel Tough Blog: Tar Heels Talking to Oregon State Transfer Guard

Updated: Apr 12

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The Tar Heels are getting after it in the transfer portal over the last couple of days with the focus being on adding one of the best big men in the country. That isn’t the only position that the team looks like they will be adding at, though, in this cycle as evidenced by the player that the team was tied to on Thursday that no one was focused on with all of the other activity.

Tobias Bass of The Athletic spoke with Oregon State transfer guard Jordan Pope yesterday about the schools that have been in contact with him and the Tar Heels are one of the fourteen programs to have done so. Pope, the No. 10 point guard and No. 43 overall transfer in the portal according to 247Sports, has two years of eligibility remaining.

Pope entered the portal back on April 2nd following a very successful sophomore season in Corvallis. He finished the season averaging 17.6 points per game, 2.6 rebounds per game and 3.9 assists per game, all while posting a 45.1/37.1/87.9 shooting slash line. Somehow, that wasn’t enough to land him on one of the two All-Pac-12 teams, leading to him having to settle for an honorable mention. The year prior, as a freshman, he was named to the conference’s All-Freshman team after scoring a team-high 12.6 points per game, pulling down 2.6 rebounds per game and dishing out 2.3 assists per game.

This news has many wondering what this might mean in terms of RJ Davis. While I don’t think this means that Davis is definitely, it does make you wonder if this might be a situation where he enters the NBA Draft pool without an agent to gauge where he stands before he will make his final decision. There is also a possibility that this was done as a precautionary move prior to Davis making his decision known to the staff. The bottom line is, Tar Heel fans should not panic about Davis leaving just yet.

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