Former North Carolina forward Dawson Garcia is transferring to Minnesota, he told 247Sports on Monday afternoon.

Garcia transferred to North Carolina prior to last season, but ended up leaving the team due to a family matter mid-way through the year.

He’s originally from Prior Lake, Minnesota, so this transfer brings him much closer to home.

“I just chose Minnesota because I am close to my family and my friends and my support group,” Garcia told 247Sports’ Travis Branham. “I am just excited to have a chance to play basketball around my loved ones.”

The Gophers will be Garcia’s third team in three years. He originally enrolled at Marquette but transferred after coach Steve Wojciechowski left after his freshman season.

Of course, North Carolina was able to replace Garcia last season. Brady Manek was inserted into the starting lineup and was a key member of UNC’s Final Four team.

With Manek and Garcia both gone, the Tar Heels need to search for another starting power forward to play that role.

North Carolina will return center Armando Bacot and forward Leaky Black next season. It is still waiting to learn final decisions from guards Caleb Love and R.J. Davis.