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Heel Tough Blog: UNC Earns Crystal Ball for Nick Timberlake

USA TODAY Sports - Tommy Gilligan

After securing the commitments of Armando Bacot, R.J. Davis, and Jalen Washington to return for next season, Carolina finally added an outside piece yesterday, as Brown transfer Paxson Wojcik announced his decision to transfer into the Carolina Basketball program, and a second may be on the way. Towson transfer, Nick Timberlake who is on campus today for his official visit, has received a crystal ball to UNC, according to 247Sports.

Timberlake is a Towson transfer, is a 6-0 guard, and has averaged double-digit points the last three seasons. This past year, he posted a career-high, 17.7 points, on 46% shooting from the field, and 42%shooting from behind the arc. For his five-year career, Timberlake is a 42% shooter, and a 38% shooter from behind the three-point line, adding much perimeter shooter, to a roster in need of just that.

Timberlake may come from the CAA, but he has played five seasons of college basketball and has started 90 career games. If Timberlake were to commit to Carolina, he’d become the second player from the mid-major level to choose Carolina this transfer portal cycle, and while the concerns that arose after Justin Pierce and Christian Keeling struggled to adjust to the ACC level back in 2019-20, this isn’t be done on purpose, as Hubert Davis has specifically targeted players that fit into his program on and off the floor.

If Timberlake were to choose UNC, he’d become the second guard to commit to Carolina this off-season, making it more apparent that a three-guard lineup is in the works for next season. Carolina still needs to add multiple wings to the roster for the 2023-24 season, as well as another post player to ensure they have enough frontcourt depth. Playing with a three-guard lineup has been a desire of Hubert Davis since he was introduced as the head coach two years ago, and given the exit of wing players this off-season, this may not be how he envisioned his style of play coming to fruition, but after a 20-13 season, everything is on the table for returning Carolina Basketball among the nation’s elite.

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