Following Roy Williams’ final season and an early NCAA Tournament exit for the UNC Basketball team, the program saw a few players decide to leave.
Talented freshmen Day’Ron Sharpe and Walker Kessler are both gone with Sharpe going to the NBA while Kessler opted to transfer to Auburn. Garrison Brooks is also gone after transferring to Mississippi State and both Sterling Manley and Andrew Platek opted to not return.
But one player that stayed that some thought could have NBA potential going into his freshman year was Caleb Love.
Rumors swirled that Love could potentially transfer out of UNC or test the NBA Draft waters after just one year. Instead, he did neither and decided to return to Chapel Hill for at least another year.
Now as we get set for the new season in just under a month, Love revealed that there was ‘no question’ he was coming back for another season.
“There was no question that I needed to get better and that I needed to make that jump in my development to get better in my game,” he said via the Times News. “So there was no question I was coming back.
Love then said it was a ‘no brainer’ to return after the program named Hubert Davis the head coach, showing his appreciation for Davis in just one year playing under him as an assistant.
“So what went into that was really just talking to my parents, trying to see who was going to get the (coaching) job next. And when Coach Davis got hired, it was a no-brainer. I knew I was coming back before then, but I just knew when he got the job it was a clear connect with me and him.”
There’s no doubt Love will be one of the biggest keys for UNC this season. As a freshman, he struggled early on before starting to play better in conference play. He broke out against Duke, having his best game of the year on the road and showed improvement after that.
Love will enter this season as the starting point guard and the Tar Heels are going to need consistent play with double-digit scoring from him to be successful.
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