North Carolina Tar Heels Have New Target In Transfer Portal

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The college basketball transfer portal consistently provides excitement and intrigue, and this year is shaping up to be no exception. Already, the North Carolina Tar Heels are making moves to secure talent from this pool, targeting one of the top players available.

Just days after exiting the NCAA tournament in the Sweet 16 against Alabama, North Carolina has initiated contact with Belmont wing player Cade Tyson, according to reports from Inside Carolina. This outreach occurred on Wednesday afternoon, signaling the Tar Heels’ proactive approach to bolstering their roster.

Hailing from Monroe, North Carolina, Tyson is renowned for his sharpshooting prowess, making him a coveted asset in the transfer portal. He earned recognition as the 2022-23 MVC (Missouri Valley Conference) Freshman of the Year, averaging an impressive 13.6 points per game. In the subsequent 2023-24 season, Tyson further solidified his status, boasting averages of 16.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

A notable statistic from Tyson’s repertoire is his exceptional three-point shooting, boasting an impressive 46.5 percent accuracy rate from beyond the arc in the previous season.

According to Sherrell McMillan of Inside Carolina, Tyson has already garnered significant interest from multiple programs within the transfer portal, indicating his desirability as a recruit.

“In the immediate days following his portal announcement, Tyson received interest from a bevy of high major schools including Arkansas, Auburn, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Kansas, Louisville, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Stanford, South Carolina, Texas, Vanderbilt, VCU, Villanova, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wisconsin, Xavier, among others.”

Given the possibility of Harrison Ingram exploring NBA draft opportunities, Tyson emerges as a potential solution to address the Tar Heels’ needs on the perimeter. Even if Ingram decides to return, Tyson’s skill set aligns well with the team’s requirements.

Reflecting on the impact Cormac Ryan had as a perimeter shooter for the North Carolina Tar Heels last season, acquiring a talent like Tyson would undoubtedly provide a substantial boost to the team’s lineup heading into the upcoming season.

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