UNC Basketball: Tar Heels lose out on transfer target

The UNC Basketball program loses out on a transfer target on Saturday afternoon as he officially revealed his destination.

After being one of four finalists in the race for Santa Clara transfer target Trey Wertz, the North Carolina Tar Heels learned their fate on Saturday.

Wertz announced that he would be transferring to Notre Dame on Saturday afternoon, ending his new recruitment once and for all. The decision came just a few days after he cut his list down to four teams: North Carolina, Arizona, Butler and Notre Dame.

The Charlotte native announced his decision to transfer a few weeks back and right away received dozens of calls from programs interested. He narrowed down his list three times from 11 to 7 to 4 before finally making his decision. Of those final four on his list, UNC was the only one Wertz has visited, taking a trip back in his sophomore season of high school to Chapel Hill.

Wertz averaged 11.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists while shooting 48.9 percent from the floor last season. That included hitting 50 three-pointers and shooting 40 percent from that three-point line. He’s not eligible to play right away and will have to sit out a year.

For North Carolina, the focus now shifts on Kerwin Walton. The guard out of Minnesota becomes UNC’s top target in the 2020 class as the Tar Heels have an open scholarship with the departure of Brandon Huffman.

UNC has been recruiting Walton for months now and they have remained in touch with the guard during this odd recruiting time. Walton is set to make his decision on April 25th. 

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