North Carolina guard RJ Davis announces plans for 2022-23 season
North Carolina point guard R.J. Davis will be back in Chapel Hill for his junior season.
Davis announced that decision on Saturday afternoon, just a couple days before the NBA Draft’s early entrant deadline. Here’s his announcement video:
4 is back! 🤝 pic.twitter.com/h2XKHdFG2p
— RJ Davis (@ariidavis_) April 23, 2022
“Y’all thought I was leaving,” Davis asks. “Nah, let’s run it back.”
Davis was a key component in North Carolina’s run to the National Championship game. Along with Caleb Love, he was arguably Carolina’s most consistent shot creator over the second half of the season.
He averaged 13.5 points and 3.6 assists per game during his sophomore season. He also had big games in March, including a 30-point outburst in UNC’s second-round upset win over Baylor.
Davis’ announcement follows similar decisions made by center Armando Bacot and forward Leaky Black. That means at least 3 members of UNC’s “Iron 5” starting lineup will be back next season.
Of course, Brady Manek is out of eligibility. The Tar Heels are still waiting to hear if Caleb Love will return for his junior season. If he does, UNC will be in contention to be preseason No. 1 nationally going into next year.