CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCT) — Armando Bacot, the University of North Carolina forward who had such an impressive junior season, has decided to forgo the NBA for another season.
On Twitter Wednesday, Bacot said he would return for his final season with the Tar Heels.
The news was met with much excitement within the program.
Bacot played a big role in the Tar Heels reaching the national title game this past season. He averaged 16.3 points and 13.1 rebounds this season. He also tied an NCAA record with 31 double-doubles on the season. His 511 rebounds also broke a school record.
“Getting to the final game and getting so close lit a fire inside of him to achieve that goal more than ever,” Davis said in a statement. “He feels he can still get better and improve on parts of his game to put himself in a position to have a long and successful NBA career. And he feels this is the best place for him to do that.”
Bacot tested the NBA waters at the end of the 2020-21 season but decided to return to UNC. He was projected as a possible first-round pick before the postseason. His performance there had many thinking his draft stock would soar.