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Virginia Switch Justin McKoy Commits to UNC

Hubert Davis has landed his first recruit, and it comes through the switch portal. Virginia switch Justin McKoy introduced his dedication to North Carolina on Saturday.

Davis provided McKoy a scholarship on Wednesday, the day after he was introduced as UNC’s new head coach.

“He talked about how he noticed me becoming within the offense, and informed me he appreciated me as participant on the courtroom and an individual off the courtroom,” McKoy informed Inside Carolina of their dialog. “He stated I match the Carolina tradition…”

The 6-foot-8, 215-pound Cary, N.C. native performed two seasons at Virginia. As a sophomore McKoy performed in 19 video games – beginning 4 – and averaged 3.5 factors and three.3 rebounds per recreation for a Cavs workforce that completed atop the ACC standings. He shot 48.3 % from the sector, 33.3 % from 3-point vary, and 80 % on free throws. His minutes elevated late within the 2020-21 season. Over the past 4 video games, he averaged 4.5 factors (taking pictures 60 % from the sector) and 5.3 rebounds in 17 minutes per recreation.

McKoy, who has three years of eligibility remaining, is projected to play a hybrid ahead function at UNC.

“I’ve gotten rather a lot higher offensively,” he informed Inside Carolina. “My shot has gotten much more constant. I can put it on the ground. The 2 major issues I’d say I’ve actually improved on are my lateral quickness – I can guard a number of positions on the ground – after which my rebounding.”

With the standing of UNC’s total 2021-22 frontcourt in flux – Day’Ron Sharpe and Armando Bacot (testing the waters) declared for the NBA Draft, whereas Garrison Brooks, Walker Kessler, Walker Miller, and Sterling Manley entered the switch portal – McKoy will present stability within the frontcourt. For the second, he and sophomore Leaky Black are the tallest gamers locked into the Carolina roster.

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McKoy introduced intentions to enter the switch portal on March 30: “First off I wish to thank the UVa employees, my teammates, and your complete Charlottesville group for the continual assist,” he wrote on social media. “Though I’m coming into the portal, the numerous issues I’ve discovered and gained will proceed to help my navigation on and off the courtroom. I with my teammates and this (UVa) employees nothing however the perfect.”

The Tar Heels, below Roy Williams, recruited and provided McKoy two years in the past earlier than he signed with Virginia. McKoy was out there that spring as a result of he requested to be launched from his letter of intent at Penn State. He averaged 24.7 factors, 10.6 rebounds, and three.4 assists his senior season at Cary (N.C.) Panther Creek Excessive Faculty.

Hubert Davis has inherited a roster that also has a number of scholarships out there. He addressed the necessity for the workforce to recruit the switch portal this offseason and detailed his recruiting imaginative and prescient throughout his introductory press convention earlier this week.

“We have got to get higher with the switch portal and herald big-time gamers which have a imaginative and prescient of eager to be part of this program, eager to be part of this historical past, and eager to be big-time gamers right here on the ground … ” Davis stated. “I need all people to have the identical expertise that I had at Carolina. My expertise right here was nice … the rationale I had an important expertise within the midst of onerous days was as a result of I knew that this was the place I needed to be; the place that I needed to be to be coached, the place that I needed to be to get higher, the place the place I needed to be to develop up, the place the place I needed to be to be the perfect individual and greatest basketball participant that I may be.” 

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