UNC’s Caleb Love enters transfer portal

UNC’s Caleb Love enters transfer portal

North Carolina guard Caleb Love announced Monday that he’s entering the transfer portal.

UNC’s Caleb Love enters transfer portal

In three seasons at UNC, Love started 95 of 101 games. As a freshman in 2020-21, he averaged 10.5 points, 3.6 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game.

When North Carolina advanced the finals of the 2022 NCAA Tournament, Love started 38 of 39 games. He averaged 15.9 points, 3.6 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game.

Love was the catalyst in UNC’s 73-66 comeback win over UCLA in the Sweet 16. He scored 30 points and dished out four assists compared to just one turnover. Love hit 11-of-24 field-goal attempts and 6-of-13 launches from 3-point land against the Bruins, who had a 64-61 advantage with less than two minutes left.

At that point, Love took over. First, he hit a stepback 3-pointer from the top of the key to pull his team even at 64-64. Next, Love buried a trey from the right wing to put his squad in front to stay. He ended up outscoring UCLA 8-2 on his own in the final two minutes.

UNC’s Caleb Love enters transfer portal

Love was spectacular again in an 81-77 win over Duke at the Final Four. He scored 28 points on 11-of-20 shooting from the floor against the Blue Devils.

Love, a 6-foot-4 St. Louis product who was a five-star prospect out of high school, started 32 of 33 games this year. He averaged 16.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 SPG. However, Love had a mediocre 94/80 assist-to-turnover ratio. He made only 29.9 percent of his attempts from downtown.

Despite returning four starters from a team that led by double digits at halftime of the 2022 NCAA Tournament finals, the Tar Heels failed to make the 2023 NCAA Tournament and declined a bid to the NIT.

When Love chose UNC, the other schools heavily involved in his recruitment included Missouri, Kansas, Arizona, Louisville and Indiana.

On the bright side for Hubert Davis’s team, big man Armando Bacot announced last week that he’s returning for a fifth season in Chapel Hill.

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