CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina large man Armando Bacot introduced on Monday that he’ll return to highschool for his junior season.
All indicators had pointed to the 6-foot-10 Virginia native being again since he entered his title into the NBA Draft on April 6 however didn’t rent an agent, which allowed for his return.
UNC head coach Hubert Davis acknowledged a number of occasions that he anticipated Bacot again subsequent season and Bacot has additionally been in Chapel Hill understanding with the staff and taking part in decide up. Davis expects Bacot to have an enormous season for UNC in 2021-22.
“I can not let you know how a lot better Armando goes to be subsequent 12 months,” Davis mentioned in a Rams Membership Tar Heel Tour video. “He was incredible for us. He led the staff in rebounding and scoring final 12 months. I search for him to be ACC Participant of the Yr subsequent 12 months. He is that good. And he is actually working onerous on his ball-handling, actually working onerous on having the ability to be a participant out on the perimeter.”
Bacot earned third-team All-Atlantic Coast Convention honors within the 2020-21 season for main UNC in scoring (12.3 ppg), subject purpose share (62.8) and rebounding (7.8) and was tied for first in blocked pictures (26). Bacot’s subject purpose share ranks eighth in UNC single-season historical past. His sturdy near the season moved him previous Sam Perkins (62.6%, ’80-81), Brad Daugherty (62.5%, ’84-85) and Antawn Jamison (62.4%, ’95-96) on the all-time record. Bacot led the Tar Heels in scoring a team-high 10 occasions and posted seven double-doubles this season after managing 11 in 2019-20.
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In a podcast interview with Jon Rothstein, Davis mentioned that Bacot goes to have “unbelievable, incredible junior season.” Davis has acknowledged that Bacot will profit from a stylistic change in what UNC will do on offense. Davis has prioritized spacing and capturing, which can open up the court docket for large males like Bacot to function and for UNC’s slashers to get into the lane to attain.
Within the switch market, UNC has added stretch ‘4s’ Brady Manek and Justin McKoy to present Carolina extra capturing, dimension, versatility, and expertise.
“All of our guys, they need two issues: They wish to win a nationwide championship, and so they wish to attain all their hopes and desires and objectives,” Davis advised WCHL’s Artwork Chansky this offseason. “And people are the identical sort of objectives that I’ve and our teaching employees has. These objectives are aligned with each participant on our staff. And so I 100% assist Armando and going via the method and getting the knowledge and being evaluated. However my hope, and my expectation is that Armando will likely be again subsequent 12 months, and with him within the lineup, we’ve an opportunity to win a nationwide championship.”