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Heel Tough Blog: UNC Misses Out on Yale Transfer

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Earlier today, Harrison Ingram announced his decision to enter the 2024 NBA Draft, and not return to Chapel Hill for the 2024-25 season. He was the first Tar Heel that’s currently weighing the decision to go pro or return to school to announce his decision, as we’re still waiting on R.J. Davis to make his decision. While Carolina has been waiting for those answers, Hubert Davis has been busy recruiting the transfer portal, to find talent and depth to add to the roster for next season. His primary focus has been on the frontcourt, to find a suitable replacement for Armando Bacot, after his legendary Tar Heel career came to an end. 

When Davis first started identifying frontcourt players in the transfer portal to recruit, he started with Kentucky transfer Aaron Bradshaw and Arizona transfer Oumar Ballo. Bradshaw ultimately ended up at Ohio State, and Ballo landed at Indiana, the first school he visited after entering the portal. After missing out on those two, Davis and his staff shifted their focus to Tennesee transfer Jonas Aidoo, and Yale transfer, Danny Wolf. Aidoo, a native of Durham, NC has been rumored to be headed towards Baylor, with multiple sites giving Baylor a crystal ball for Aidoo. As for Wolf, it’s been unclear how active Carolina has been recruiting him, with various reports claiming he was on campus earlier this week, and some saying that he’d be on campus this week, with Belmont transfer, Cade Tyson. 

Whichever report happened to be true is irrelevant now, as Wolf has decided to commit to play for Michigan, and new head coach, Dusty May. Wolf averaged 14.1 points and 9.7 rebounds last year for Yale, who not only won the Ivy League but upset Auburn in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Wolf lands at Michigan as the No. 18 recruit in the transfer portal and chose the Wolverines not only over UNC, but Duke, Northwestern, and other high-profile programs. 

The outlook may look bleak right now for Hubert Davis, after missing out on Wolf and expected to miss out on Jonas Aidoo. But earlier this week, Carolina was a finalist for Clifford Omoruyi, arguably the best defensive big man transfer in the class, after a stellar career at Rutgers. Expect Davis and his staff to exclusively prioritize him moving forward, along with Cade Tyson and other transfer targets. 

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