UNC Basketball: Lady Tar Heels land 4-star transfer player

Lady Tar Heels land 4-star transfer, as former Michigan hoops player commits to UNC basketball

Courtney Banghart and the University of North Carolina women’s basketball program landed a big-time transfer on Monday night that figures to be a difference-maker for the Tar Heels in the years to come.

Ariel Young, a 6-foot-1 guard out of Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Florida announced her decision to transfer to North Carolina from the University of Michigan.

Young, a former member of Central Florida Elite on the EYBL circuit, was the No. 92 prospect in the nation coming out of high school according to the 2018 ESPN Hoopgurlz Recruiting Rankings. In 2018, she led Lincoln to a 22-2 record and No. 2 state ranking, along with the school’s first-ever appearance in the Final Four. The school also won four consecutive district titles during her time there.

As a member of the Wolverines last season, she made 20 appearances off the bench, averaging 0.8 points and 0.6 rebounds per game. She scored a career-high five points against Southern University on December 21, hitting 2-of-3 shots from the floor, along with two rebounds in eight minutes.

Young joins the Tar Heels hoping for more minutes and more opportunity for her remaining years of college eligibility. She should get plenty of both under Banghart, who’s in her first season as head coach of the women’s program. The Tar Heels are off to a quick start this season, winning each of their first four games in pretty convincing fashion.

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