Giant UNC basketball transfer target set for return to college

Had former Vanderbilt forward Ven Allen-Lubin not joined the UNC basketball program last week, the Tar Heels would likely be in the hunt for Kentucky transfer Ugonna Onyenso. Despite Hubert Davis and his staff still having the option to hand out two more scholarships for the 2024-2025 campaign, recent chatter suggests they are happy with how their roster looks as it stands.

The 6-foot-1, 245-pound Onyenso is reportedly 100 percent available for recruitment after withdrawing as an early NBA Draft entrant on Wednesday night ahead of the NCAA-imposed deadline to maintain his college eligibility. He has the opportunity to play two more seasons in college wherever he ends up.

According to the following report from ESPN’s Jonathan Givony, Onyenso “is in the NCAA transfer portal and will now turn his attention to determining where he will play his junior season.”

Aside from a school’s enrollment requirements and the staff’s willingness to add Onyenso at this time, there is no deadline when it comes to choosing his next destination.

As a sophomore at Kentucky, the just 19-year-old averaged 3.6 points and 4.8 rebounds in just 18.8 minutes per outing. And his 2.8 blocks per game tied for the third-most passes in the SEC last season.

While UNC basketball coaches haven’t done as much as many had hoped in replacing the lost frontcourt production due to the departures of full-time starters Harrison Ingram and Armando Bacot, their 2024-2025 collection is still among the the top 10 or 15 going into the season.

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