North Carolina will get back one of the top players in the ACC after Armando Bacot announced that he will be returning to UNC for a fourth season with the Tar Heels, passing up an opportunity to go through the NBA Draft process.
As early as March, Bacot was rumored to be considering a return to UNC. He was not a surefire first-round pick, according to most NBA mock drafts, and the NCAA’s change in NIL rules would allow Bacot to remain in school and still earn as much as a spot in the G League.
With a rebounding average of 10.0 for his career, Bacot is the sixth-highest Tar Heel rebounder ever and the highest since Sean May, 17 years ago. He joins May as the only UNC players since 1972 to average a double-double for his career.
“He’s coming back for his senior season for several reasons,” Davis continued. “One, he loves this place. Two, he has the desire to win a national championship. Getting to the final game and getting so close lit a fire inside of him to achieve that goal more than ever. He feels he can still get better and improve on parts of his game to put himself in a position to have a long and successful NBA career. And he feels this is the best place for him to do that. He loves his teammates, this university and his community, and we love him.”