After missing out on Jarin Stevenson, who committed to Alabama, and decided to reclassify to join the Crimson Tide this year, it was unknown how Hubert Davis was going to fill out his roster for 2023-24, with three scholarships available. The Tar Heels have been relatively quiet in the transfer portal, after their initial haul, landing Harrison Ingram, Cormac Ryan, Jae’Lyn Whithers, and Paxson Wojcik. Well that all changed yesterday when it was revealed that Carolina has reached out to West Virginia transfer, Mohamed Wague, after he entered the portal on Monday, a few weeks after his head coach, Bob Huggins retired, amid a tumultuous off-season.
Wague is a 6-10 forward, who played in 28 games last season for the Mountaineers, averaging 4.1 points, and 3.1 rebounds, on 74% shooting. When you look at Carolina’s current roster, even with three available scholarships, Hubert Davis does have more depth entering next year, than he had in any of his first two seasons on the job. An area in that Carolina can add more depth is in its frontcourt, as after Armando Bacot and Jalen Washington, the only “big” on the roster is incoming freshman Zayden High. Hubert Davis has had to navigate his first two seasons in Chapel Hill playing two bigs on a consistent basis, and while Bacot has been productive, having some insurance behind him would benefit him, and more importantly the team. Furthermore, adding a player like Wague would take some pressure off of Washington to play a heavy minutes load, as he’s still working his way back to the player he was before a serious knee injury, and not put High, in a position to play a prominent role off the bench.
Carolina isn’t the only school to have expressed their interest in the WVU transfer, as the likes of Kansas State, Alabama, Georgetown, Oregon, and others have also made contact, meaning that Davis and his staff have their work cut out for them if they truly want Wague in Carolina Blue.
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