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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4. Cormac Ryan

Ryan was arguably UNC's best player against Alabama, drilling five three-pointers on eight attempts to finish with 17 points in the two-point loss. Similar to Ingram, Ryan only played one year for the Tar Heels but left a sizeable mark.

He averaged 11.5 points per game and served as a floor-spacer that can catch fire from deep at any moment. While he shot only 38.2% from the field, he had numerous massive performances highlighted by his 31-point effort against Duke to clinch the ACC regular-season title.

Unlike Davis, Bacot and Ingram, Ryan's NBA prospects look slim at best. He'll try to catch on as a three-point specialist, likely serving a similar role to Duncan Robinson for the Miami Heat, though he'll need to become more consistent with his shot to stick on a professional roster.

This will be an uncertain offseason for Tar Heels fans as the program turns over a new roster and says goodbye to long-time stars. With the rise of the transfer portal, it shouldn't be difficult to field a talented unit in 2024-25, but saying goodbye to veterans like Ryan hurts nonetheless.

It wasn't the ending anyone dreamed of, but Tar Heels fans can still fondly remember this era of UNC basketball.

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