Basketball rival Duke returns to North Carolina for fifth year of eligibility – Ball Durham

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Basketball rival Duke returns to North Carolina for fifth year of eligibility – Ball Durham

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The Duke basketball team and the North Carolina Tar Heels will return their starting point guards from this season to bolster their rosters next year.

Tyrese Proctor announced shortly after the Blue Devils’ season ended that he would return to Durham for his junior season while RJ Davis’ future was still unknown.

Signs pointed to a return to Chapel Hill, despite the Heels’ incoming recruiting class and retention of guard Elliot Cadeu, since Davis does not project to be an NBA player and a transfer was unlikely. Everything came together Tuesday night for the future of North Carolina.

After last season’s standout Seth Trimble announced he was withdrawing his name from the transfer portal and returning to Chapel Hill, CBS Sports insider Matt Norlander reported that RJ Davis “is also on board to come back”.

An announcement on his return is expected within the week, according to the report.

Davis was the ACC Player of the Year and a consensus first-team All-American this season after averaging 21.2 points per game. Similar to Jeremy Roach, he still has an extra year of eligibility due to the COVID-affected 2020-21 season.

The New York native struggled from the field against Duke this season, shooting just 34.6 percent from the field (9 of 26), but he still averaged 13.0 points per game in of North Carolina’s two victories against the Blue Devils.

He averaged 12.1 points per game in his career (nine games) against Duke, with a success rate of 38.8 percent.

Duke will have a completely new roster except for Caleb Foster and Proctor, but the Blue Devils will be very talented with its loaded freshman class, led by top-ranked recruit Cooper Flagg, and its transfer portal additions.

North Carolina will look to replace Armando Bacot, who has exhausted all of his eligibility this season, and has been very active in the transfer portal despite having yet to land a prospect.

Despite all the changes in college basketball this offseason, there will still be consistent elements to the Duke-North Carolina rivalry.

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