3 Players UNC Should Target in The Transfer Portal

The transfer portal is open and the Tar Heels have an excellent chance to replace their departing stars.
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3. Mark Mitchell, F, Duke

Ok, this would be absolutely wild and possibly unlikely, but hear me out.

Duke starting forward Mark Mitchell shocked the college basketball world on Tuesday by entering the transfer portal. It is understandably rare that a star-level player with NBA upside who starts for one of the best teams in the country to transfer schools.

Mitchell likely thought that he wasn't going to receive the touches he needed to develop as a player and make it to the pros with all the high-level freshmen coming to Duke next season. He had already seen his offensive role reduced during the NCAA Tournament.

This is an excellent opportunity for the Tar Heels, especially if Harrison Ingram declares for the NBA Draft. It's hard to find a better replacement for Ingram than Mark Mitchell. The 6-foot-9 forward is a dynamic athlete who received the toughest defensive assignments night in and night out for Duke. He would be an extremely valuable piece for the Tar Heels if he continued in that role.

Mitchell obviously needs to improve his shooting. He made only 27.5% of his threes last season and he is generally left wide open. If he wants to take that next step in his career, he has to become a respectable shooter.

Regardless of whether the shooting improves or not, Mitchell would be a worthy addition to the roster. As a four-star recruit back in 2022, North Carolina recruited him and made him an offer before the Kansas native eventually chose Duke. Maybe it's time to correct that mistake and move to Chapel Hill.

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