UNC Basketball: Tar Heels make cut for transfer target

The UNC Basketball program made the cut for this West Coast transfer target just a week after showing interest in the guard

As we continue to go through this “quiet” recruiting period at least until late April, there have still been some headlines in both college basketball and football over these past two weeks. That includes the North Carolina Tar Heels basketball program who could be looking to add to their roster for the 2021-22 season.

Just last week Santa Clara guard Trey Wertz announced he was entering his name into the transfer portal and it didn’t take long for teams to start calling. More than 40 schools put a call in for Wertz to show interest in the guard and now, he’s down to just 11 schools.

Evan Daniels of 247 Sports is reporting that Wertz has cut his list down to 11 finalists and will proceed with the process focusing on those programs. Among them? The North Carolina Tar Heels.

UNC made the cut for Wertz’s 11 finalists and are joined by Arizona, Butler, NC State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Xavier.

The 6-foot-4 guard out of Charlotte, North Carolina committed to Santa Clara as a three-star recruit back in 2017 and was ranked the No. 22 player in the state of North Carolina. That was a 2017 class that also featured UNC commits Coby White and Rechon “Leaky” Black in the state of North Carolina.

Wertz isn’t a graduate transfer so he won’t be eligible to play in the 2020-21 season and will have to sit out that year. He is eligible to play in 2021-22 which might set up nicely for the Tar Heels who will have a need on the wing.

Freshman Cole Anthony is expected to leave for the NBA this year and UNC welcomes in a 2020 recruiting class that features guards Caleb Love and R.J. Davis. But after that, the depth is thin as both Jeremiah Francis and Anthony Harris have battled injuries to start their college careers.

Wertz told Daniels that he hopes to take some visits to programs before making a decision but with a national shelter in place order extended to April 30th, that could be tough to do.

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