UNC Basketball: Armando Bacot to test NBA Draft waters

The UNC Basketball program is entering a new era with the hiring of Hubert Davis as the successor to Roy Williams at head coach. But while Davis has only been on the job for a day, the roster for the upcoming season is a little uncertain at the moment.

We do know that Walker Kessler is in the transfer portal despite UNC still reaching out to him and that Garrison Brooks is expected to graduate after four years with the program. As for the NBA, Day’Ron Sharpe has already decided to go pro and now on Tuesday, another UNC big man is set to test the waters.

Just a few hours after Davis had his introductory press conference, sophomore center Armando Bacot announced he is testing the NBA Draft waters but will NOT hire an agent. He posted this message on his twitter account:

Bacot can still come back as this is a move for him to get some advice on his game and what he potentially needs to improve on at the next level. Players can meet with NBA scouts and receive feedback on their game with an evaluation. This is what Justin Jackson did after his sophomore season and returned for his junior year before entering the draft.

As a sophomore, Bacot averaged 12.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, leading UNC in both of those categories. He also shot a team-high 62.8 percent from the field. He took his game to the next level as a sophomore and got better as the year went on. Bacot earned a spot on the All-ACC third team and then was named first-team All- ACC Tournament.

If Bacot does go, UNC could be in trouble in terms of front court depth as they could be without Sharpe, Brooks, Bacot and Kessler. They would then have to look at the transfer portal for potential options.

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