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Basketball transfer portal update for UNC, Duke and NC State

North Carolina's Kerwin Walton (24) shoots as Boston College's Makai Ashton-Langford (11) defends during the first half of UNC's game against Boston College at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill, NC, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022.

North Carolina’s Kerwin Walton (24) shoots as Boston College’s Makai Ashton-Langford (11) defends during the first half of UNC’s game against Boston College at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill, NC, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022.

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What is quickly becoming an annual event in college basketball, rosters are finally being filled out as players in the transfer portal settle onto new teams. The men’s basketball teams in the Triangle are not immune to these changes.

North Carolina and NC State had four players each leave via the portal. Duke only had two transfers as the bulk of its roster exodus was from players turning pro.

Kerwin Walton’s recent announcement that he has committed to Texas Tech for next season means just about every transfer from area schools have found new homes.

Here’s a list of where they will suit up next season:

UNC

Kerwin Walton, G, Texas Tech

Walton saw his minutes fall off last season after starting as a freshman. He is still nearly a 40 percent shooter from 3-point range for his career and should be a good fit in new offensive system at Texas Tech that will emphasize perimeter shooting.

Dawson Garcia, F, Minn.

The 6-foot-11 forward started 12 of 16 games for the Tar Heels before a concussion suffered at Boston College lead Brady Manek taking his place. He returned home to Minnesota in late January and never rejoined the team due to family medical issues. Garcia averaged 9.0 points and 5.5 rebounds and shot 37.5 percent from 3-point range. He will have to apply for a medical waiver to play after already using his one-time transfer when he left Marquette for UNC.

Anthony Harris, G, Rhode Island

Harris seemed to be fully healthy after his first two seasons were hampered while he recovered from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee as a freshman and his right knee as a sophomore. Harris played in just 14 games last and was accepting his role as a defensive specialist, but did not play the second semester due to academic reasons. The 6-foot-4 guard was originally recruited in high school by URI coach Archie Miller while he was the head coach at Indiana.

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North Carolina’s Anthony Harris (0) breaks to the basket on a fast break ahead of Elizabeth City State’s Charles Page (4) during the second half on Friday, November 5, 2021 at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill, NC Robert Willett rwillett@newsobserver.com

Ryan McAdoo, F, Undecided

The 6-foot-5 walk-on, who leaves as a graduate transfer, began his career at Florida Gulf Coast before following his father’s footsteps to play at UNC. NBA Hall of Famer Bob McAdoo was a member of Carolina’s 1972 Final Four team.

Duke

Joey Baker, G, undecided

It’s been a strange career arc for the 6-foot-7 Fayetteville native. I have reclassified to arrive at Duke a year early for the 2018-19 season. Then he was all set to sit out as a redshirt when, 26 games into the season, he made his debut after Zion Williamson’s injury to bolster their outside shooting. I have played just four games that season. His eligibility for him would have been up if not for the COVID waiver the NCAA granted from the 2020-21 season. Baker was a late entrant into the transfer portal; he did n’t announce his intentions until May 18. It coincided with former Northern Iowa guard AJ Green taking a visit to Duke. He averaged 4.5 points and shot 40.5 percent from 3-point range last season. He’s visited Michigan, Georgia and George Washington.

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Duke’s Joey Baker (13) heads back downcourt after hitting a three-pointer during the first half of Duke’s game against Florida State at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, NC, Sat. Feb. 19, 2022. Ethan Hyman ehyman@newsobserver.com

Michael Savarino, G, New York University

The grandson of Mike Krzyzewski stayed long enough to be coached by his poppy. In three seasons, Savarino played in just 13 games total. With Krzyzewski’s retirement, Savarino will play at NYU, which competes in NCAA Division III, next season.

NC State

Manny Bates, F. Butler

The 6-foot-11 center had no shortage of interested parties when he entered the portal. Bates played just one minute this season for the Wolfpack, suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in the first game of the season. He ranks fourth in program history in blocked shots. Bates will join Butler, where 7-footer Greg Oden, the 2007 NBA Draft No. 1 overall pick, joined coach Thad Matta’s staff as director of basketball operations.

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NC State’s Manny Bates (15) encourages Jaylon Gibson (11) before NC State’s game against Colgate at PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC, Saturday, November 13, 2021. Ethan Hyman ehyman@newsobserver.com

Cam Hayes, G, LSU

The 6-foot-3 guard from Greensboro played in all 32 games for the Pack last season and averaged 7.0 points and 2.1 rebounds. He’s being viewed as a key piece in a rebuilding job for new LSU coach Matt McMahon, who took over after Will Wade was fired last season. Hayes will have two years of eligibility left for the Tigers.

Thomas Allen, G, Ball State

Allen left NCSU to meet with Ball State coach Michael Lewis, who was an assistant at Nebraska during his freshman and sophomore seasons in Lincoln. The 6-foot-1 guard is a career 44.7 percent shooter from 3-point range. He’ll likely get more attempts at BSU than he had the last two seasons for the Pack. Allen joins the Cardinals as a graduate transfer and will have one year remaining.

Jaylon Gibson, F, Winston-Salem State

The 6-foot-10 forward from Zebulon played in 29 games for the Pack last season and started four. He averaged 2.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and shot 55 percent from the floor as sophomore. Gibson could literally be the centerpiece for the Rams while moving down to Division II.

This story was originally published June 14, 2022 2:46 PM.

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CL Brown covers the University of North Carolina for The News & Observer. Brown brings more than two decades of reporting experience including stints as the beat writer on Indiana University and the University of Louisville. After a long stay at the Louisville Courier-Journal, where he earned an APSE award, he’s had stops at ESPN.com, The Athletic and even tried his hand at running his own website, clbrownhoops.com.

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