4 UNC Players Who Won't Be Back Next Season

The Tar Heels have to say goodbye to a number of long-time stars
Armando Bacot had 19 points and 12 rebounds in his final game as a Tar Heel
Armando Bacot had 19 points and 12 rebounds in his final game as a Tar Heel / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Armando Bacot

The leading rebounder in program history, Armando Bacot leaves behind a stellar legacy despite an unceremonious ending. He had 19 points and 12 rebounds against Alabama but shot just 8-of-18 from the field and was outplayed by Grant Nelson down the stretch in stunning fashion.

Nelson's dominant effort to seal the win is a negative stain on Bacot's defensive ability but doesn't take away from the tremendous career he had as a Tar Heel. He's out of eligibility unlike Davis, so Bacot has no way back, but still should be celebrated as a defining player of this era of UNC basketball.

For his career, Bacot finishes with 2,347 points and 1,715 rebounds over five seasons. He's become synonymous with UNC basketball over the last half-decade and it's difficult to picture the team without Bacot roaming the paint.

To have such a bitterly disappointing conclusion wasn't part of the plans, though Bacot will now look to catch on with an NBA team as a rotational big man with great rebounding chops.

He'll need to improve defensively to stick in the league, but there's certainly a place for a guy who controls the paint as effortlessly as Bacot does.