North Carolina star Armando Bacot announces he will return for 2022-23 season
North Carolina star Armando Bacot is returning to Chapel Hill for his senior season.
Bacot made that announcement on Wednesday morning in a video.
“Getting the full Tar Heel experience this year with the fans and the big wins and the celebration, is something I’ll never forget,” Bacot said in the video. “The chance I received to wear the North Carolina jersey and play for that name on the front is special to me.
“This year’s experience showed me that I did not want to miss the chance to do it again next season. On the court, we got so close this year. I know there are no guarantees. But I want the opportunity to play in those big games and keep Carolina on the national stage.”
Tar Heel forever ❤️ pic.twitter.com/lBbbrb0hTT
— Armando Bacot Jr. (@iget_buckets35) April 13, 2022
Bacot was one of the best players in the country this season. He produced 31 double-doubles, which tied a national record for a single season set by David Robinson.
He also broke North Carolina’s single-season rebounding record this season. He’s within striking distance of the career record for all Tar Heels, which is currently held by Tyler Hansbrough.
Bacot is currently 10th all-time in UNC history with 1,002 rebounds. He would need 218 rebounds next season to set the program’s all-time record. This year, Bacot collected 511 boards.
Caleb Love, R.J. Davis and Leaky Black each also have eligibility remaining. Brady Manek is the only member of UNC’s starting 5 that will certainly not be back next season (graduation).
Earlier this week, coach Hubert Davis expressed some optimism about most of North Carolina’s starting 5 returning to Chapel Hill.
With Bacot’s return, North Carolina will be one of the favorites in the ACC next season.
“My Carolina journey isn’t finished just yet,” Bacot added. “Next season starts right now.”