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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3. Harrison Ingram

Ingram played well overall in the loss, notching 12 points, nine rebounds, five assists and a pair of steals. Only a junior, Ingram could return as the Tar Heels' best player next year if he wants. That being said, I anticipate he goes to the NBA as a projected first-round selection in a relatively weak draft class.

Though he only played one year at UNC, Ingram made his mark with tenacious work on the glass and strong three-point shooting. At 6'7", 235 LBs, he fits the mold of a prototypical NBA 3-and-D wing that can contribute to a playoff team's rotation.

A transfer from Stanford, Ingram has an interesting decision ahead of him. He could come back to UNC as the undisputed best player on the floor alongside Elliot Cadeau or he could try to make his NBA dreams become a reality.

This is considered a weak NBA draft class while next year's is rumored to be deep, so I'd bet that Ingram cashes in his chips and goes to the league. However, he may be drawn to the allure of being the Tar Heels' leader with hopes of becoming a top-10 selection in 2025.

The outlook for next year's UNC squad largely hinges on the decision Ingram ultimately makes.