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The Tar Heels’ Caleb Love Is Returning After NCAA Title Game Run

North Carolina guard Caleb Love is returning for his junior season, a big boost for the Tar Heels after their impossible run in the NCAA championship game.

6 foot-4 Love announces her decision In a social-media video on SundayLast day for players to announce the NBA draft.

“The opportunity to play in North Carolina is something I never take lightly,” Love said. “To play for the biggest fan base in the world, to play with the most amazing teammates I could ever imagine and to play for coaches who support and challenge me in every way possible, all of that.” Blessings are what make me feel so lucky.”

Love ended the video by announcing: “I’m back.”

Love’s return means the Tar Heels will bring back every starter except floor-stretching big man Brady Manek. Forward Armando Becote was the first to announce his return For a fourth season, then versatile top defender Leakey Black Having said that he will be back for an additional year of eligibility granted by the NCAA due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting guard RJ Davis announced this week He will return for a third season.

Love was considered as a potential second-round NBA draft pick, being ranked as the No. 49 prospect by ESPN. He has the ability to change the game, That was crucial for the eighth-seeded Tar Heels, who reached a record 21st Final Four in coach Hubert Davis’s debut season.

“Caleb’s passion for this team and program continues to inspire and motivate him to win national championships and ultimately a long, successful career in the NBA,” Davis said in a statement. “No one is better at taking and making big shots in pressure situations. He is one of the most talented players ever and I am extremely excited to train him for another season.

Love of St. Louis averaged 15.9 points while making significant gains with his shooting. He improved from a 3-point range from 26.6% to 36% this year as a freshman. He also made improvements from the field (37.1%, up from 31.6%) and foul lines (86.3%, up from 80.8%).

He showed the ability to handle conflicts and tried to hit big shots fearlessly.

Against UCLA in Sweet 16, He scored 27 points after starting shooting eight for one. Two games later, he overcame a 0-for-5 start to score 28 points. – including a huge 3-pointer in the last minute – in a Last Four win against rival Duke.

Love struggles with the loss in the title match to KansasoScoring 13 marks on shooting 24 out of 5.

In addition to the returnees, the Tar Heels added four-star recruits in point guard Seth Trimble, power forward Jalen Washington and short forward Tyler Nickel, while three-star big man Will Shaver nominated to serve with the team in January. Did.

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