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Heel Tough Blog: UNC Reaches Out to Former Five-Star Prospect in Transfer Portal

Florida Gators Athletics

After losing another player to the transfer portal yesterday in Dontrez Styles, Hubert Davis, and his staff continue to identify players in the portal to rebuild his program, after going 20-13 this season, and missing the NCAA Tournament. Kowaciee Reeves, has spent the last two seasons with the Florida Gators, appearing in 60 total games, all while starting in 17 of them. This past season, Reeves averaged 8.5 points, and 2.6 rebounds, while shooting 38% from the field, and 28% from behind the three-point line. While his perimeter shooting numbers might scare you, in his two seasons in Gainesville, Reeves has shot better than 50% from inside the arc, something every member of Carolina’s backcourt struggled with this season.

At 6-6, 182 pounds, Reeves has the size you want in a member of your backcourt, as R.J. Davis stands at 6-0, and Caleb Love is 6-4. Coming out of highschool, Reeves was ranked the No. 42 player in the 2021 class, according to 247Sports, and was the No. 10 shooting guard, and the No. 4 player from the state of Georgia, as he was a five-star prospect coming out.

According to Joe Tipton, who labeled UNC as a school that is showing interest in Reeves, other schools expected to be interested include rival NC State, Arkansas, Maryland, Mississippi State, and ACC schools, Boston College and Clemson.

Reeves is now the third known player that Carolina has expressed interest in during the first week of the transfer portal being open for business, joining Paxson Wojcik (Brown) and Nick Timberlake (Towson), with the difference with Reeves, is that he comes from a Power Six conference program, something that all transfers brought in by Hubert Davis have all had in common.

While Reeves is considered to be guard, at 6-6, he can play on the wing, something Carolina desperately needs on its roster, after losing three wing players this week alone in Tyler Nickel, the aforementioned Dontrez Styles, and Justin McKoy. With all signs pointing towards Caleb Love set to depart from the program either via the portal or going pro, there will also be a void in the backcourt that will need to be filled, something Reeves can also help fill. Given his recruiting prowess coming out, and the fact that he’s played in the SEC for the last two seasons, Reeves as much as any transfer target the program has currently expressed interest, makes as much sense as anyone else so far.

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