North Carolina center Armando Bacot has announced his intention to return to Chapel Hill for next season.

Shortly after he made that announcement on Wednesday morning, coach Hubert Davis released a statement.

“Armando is the perfect example of what a Carolina player strives to be,” Hubert Davis said in a press release. “He has excelled at the highest level as a player, in the classroom and in the community. I loved hearing the news (Tuesday) that he made the Academic All-ACC team after the season he had, which wasn’t just good, and not just great, it was historic. I felt he was the best player in ACC and the best big man in the country.

“He’s coming back for his senior season for several reasons. One, he loves this place. Two, he has the desire to win a national championship. Getting to the final game and getting so close lit a fire inside of him to achieve that goal more than ever. 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. He loves his teammates, this university and his community, and we love him.”

Bacot will now have the chance to lead North Carolina to a National Championship. The Tar Heels fell just short of that goal earlier this month, losing to Kansas in the national title game. Multiple ankle injuries from Bacot likely played a part in the outcome.

Bacot is also within striking distance of breaking Tyler Hansbrough’s all-time program record for rebounds in a career. He needs 218 boards next season to set the record.

North Carolina will now await the decisions of Caleb Love, R.J. Davis and Leaky Black.