UNC basketball 2023 transfer portal tracker (Updated May 17)
The 2023 offseason has already been a busy one for the UNC basketball program. After failing to make the NCAA Tournament, Hubert Davis and his staff face a very important offseason rebuild for the program.
In the days after UNC did not hear its name on Selection Sunday, the transfer news started to roll in.
As of April 1, the Tar Heels have lost six players to the transfer portal, headlined by guard Caleb Love. They have lost key pieces Dontrez Styles and Puff Johnson as well as members of the 2022 recruiting class, Tyler Nickel and Will Shaver.
With holes on the roster, the Tar Heels’ staff will have to fill some big needs since they only welcome a two-man recruiting class for the 2023 cycle. They can do so through the transfer portal and have identified some big targets.
Here is the latest on the Tar Heels and the transfer portal.
LEAVING: Forward Tyler Nickel (COMMITTED TO VIRGINIA TECH)
Tyler Nickel spent one season at North Carolina, averaging 2.1 points per game in limited time. He committed to Virginia Tech on March 30.
NEWS: North Carolina transfer Tyler Nickel has committed to Virginia Tech, he tells @On3sports.
Former 4⭐️ recruit.
Story: https://t.co/m21XKJNTdf pic.twitter.com/beF500OyxI
— Joe Tipton (@TiptonEdits) March 30, 2023
LEAVING: Forward Justin McKoy (COMMITTED TO HAWAII)
Justin McKoy spent two seasons at North Carolina. In his four-year college career, McKoy is averaging 1.8 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.
McKoy pledged his commitment to Hawaii.
Next Chapter. The Marathon Continues🏁 pic.twitter.com/kvagsDWFmt
— Justin McKoy (@justintmckoy) April 4, 2023
LEAVING: Forward Dontrez Styles (COMMITTED TO GEORGETOWN)
After committing to UNC as a four-star recruit, Dontrez Styles is leaving after just two seasons. He averaged 1.4 points and a rebound per game in the 2022-23 season.
LEAVING: Forward Puff Johnson (COMMITTED TO PENN STATE)
NEWS: North Carolina transfer Puff Johnson has committed to Penn State, he tells @On3sports.
Story: https://t.co/EJTpbEoUvC pic.twitter.com/t91a2LW3A7
— Joe Tipton (@TiptonEdits) April 26, 2023
A former four-star commit, Puff Johnson spent three seasons at North Carolina, averaging 3.1 points and 1.9 rebounds per game.
LEAVING: Center Will Shaver (COMMITTED TO UAB)
The former three-star center arrived early on UNC’s campus and was with the team for the 2021-22 run to the title game. He played in limited time this past season before suffering a foot injury.
Shaver committed to UAB on May 11.
LEAVING: Guard Caleb Love
After three seasons at North Carolina, former five-star recruit Caleb Love is in the transfer portal. Love averaged 14.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. He had a career year last season, averaging 16.7 points per game.
Love pledged his commitment to Michigan on April 7 and then decommitted on May 17.
go rewrite your story kid…🙏🏽〽️ pic.twitter.com/bsUglz55GW
— Caleb Love (@caleb2love) April 7, 2023
LEAVING: G D'Marco Dunn
North Carolina guard D’Marco Dunn entered the transfer portal hours before the May 11 deadline. He spent two seasons at North Carolina after committing as a four-star recruit.
COMMITTED: Guard Paxson Wojcik (Brown)
The first commitment out of the portal for North Carolina was guard Paxson Wojcik. He’s spent time with Loyola-Chicago and Brown before joining the Tar Heels. In 2022-23, he averaged 14.9 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.
COMMITTED: F Jae'Lyn Withers (Louisville)
New beginnings 🐑 pic.twitter.com/QjNqtZGK3w
— Jaelyn Withers (@jaelynwithers) April 11, 2023
COMMITTED: Cormac Ryan (Notre Dame)
Former Notre Dame guard Cormac Ryan has committed to North Carolina.
COMMITTED: Harrison Ingram (Stanford)
Chapel Hill, It’s UP! 🐑 #committed #GoHeels pic.twitter.com/sOQqqkx3xI
— Harrison (@Harrisoniingram) April 22, 2023
North Carolina was a finalist for five-star recruit Harrison Ingram before he committed to Stanford. And now that he’s in the transfer portal, the Tar Heels have reached out to the wing already.
CONTACT: Wing Dalton Knecht (Northern Colorado) (COMMITTED TO TENNESSEE)
UPDATE: Knect has committed to Tennessee
The 6-foot-6 wing from Northern Colorado who averaged 20.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game this past season.
CONTACT: Guard Kowacie Reeves (Florida)
Florida transfer Kowacie Reeves has heard from the following schools since entering the transfer portal, he tells @On3sports:
UNC, NC State, Loyola Chicago, Maryland, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Boston College, Stanford, Denver, Tulsa, Tulane, Clemson, https://t.co/GxXGhMbLP0…
— Joe Tipton (@TiptonEdits) March 18, 2023
After two years at Florida, Kowacie Reeves has opted to transfer. He averaged 8.5 points and 2.6 rebounds per game with the Gators last season.
CONTACT: Wing Nicholas Timberlake (Towson) (COMMITTED TO KANSAS)
UPDATE: Timberlake has committed to Kansas
Forward Nicholas Timberlake has spent four seasons with Towson and will be a graduate transfer. He visited North Carolina during the last week of March.